7 Things to Do in Pender Island That You Shouldn't Miss

July 30, 2017 Hector Krause

Pender Island (Saanich: st̕ey̕əs ) is one of the Southern Gulf Islands located in the Gulf of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada. Pender Island is approximately 34 km (13 sq mi) in area and is home to about 2,250 permanent residents, as well as a large seasonal population. Like most of the rest of the Southern Gulf Islands, Pender Island enjoys a sub-Mediterranean climate and features open farmland, rolling forested hills, several lakes and small mountains, as well as many coves and beaches.
Restaurants in Pender Island

1. Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions, Kayak Rentals & Retreats

Otter Bay Marina 2311 Mackinnon Rd, British Columbia V0N 2M1, Canada
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Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions, Kayak Rentals & Retreats

Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions, Kayak Rentals & Retreats is an outdoor touring company, specializing in kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking and bike tours, rentals, kids camps,yoga and retreats, around and within the Southern Gulf Islands. Based on Pender Island, DME has easy access to the neighbouring Islands, as well as great working relationships with its surrounding businesses. Located at Otter Bay Marina, just off the ferry, you will find the rental office. Along with having the beauty of launching from the bay, mobile services are available to suit your adventure design. Each of our guides are experienced in all aspects of outdoor excursions, at the same time being the head of the game in their chosen sports. After spending the afternoon or weekend with one or a few of these great souls, you will be leaving laughing and reveling in the new knowledge you acquire through your adventure. These kids love to play! Our certified, professional guides would more than love to take you into the wild!

Reviewed By Heilmann - Berlin, Germany

We spend 5 days with 2 kids on Pender Island, of which three days with Kye of Dog Mermaid... Kayaking, SUP-ing and land based whale watching (the only choice once you met Kye). It's a hell of a lot of fun, educational, insightful to the...MoreThank you! You enthusiasm and interest makes my day! Thank you for sharing your time with us.

2. Pender Island Kayak Adventures

4605 Oak Rd, British Columbia V0N 2M1, Canada
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Pender Island Kayak Adventures

We are a family run Water Sports company that offers tours, rentals and Paddle Canada Skills Courses. We do not supply gas powered vessels. We have sea kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards as well as manual and electric assist bicycle. We also offer the best selection of disc golf discs in the Southern Gulf Islands. Come play our world renowned course!

Reviewed By 4jumprope - Seattle, Washington

I was visiting Pender Island on my own and really wanted a chance to do some kayaking. Jay very graciously arranged for me to be able to do a four hour kayak trip, even though their normal policy requires a minimum of two people to set up a trip. So I got to have my tour guide, Kyle, all to myself for four delightful hours. Kyle was entertaining, engaging and very knowledgeable about the sea life we encountered. I very much enjoyed his company and felt quite safe under his expertise. Also really liked the kayak I used. Very comfortable and a very good fit for someone of my size and kayaking experience.

3. Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards

6621 Harbour Hill Dr, British Columbia V0N 2M1, Canada +1 250-629-6960
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards

Reviewed By movingmaven - Gulf Islands

Pender Islanders are so proud of their winery! Sea Star Estate has done a terrific job of providing visitors with award winning, delicious wine choices, showcasing local artists and artisans, and creating a setting in which to enjoy both. Warm welcomes and a good range of quality wines to taste. We love taking a glass (or two) outdoors and admiring the view. Don't buy more than a case of your favourite though. Leave enough for islanders! If there on a weekend, you're in luck because from 11-3 the Cafe at Large serves up delicious gourmet treats. Follow your nose to the mobile kitchen outside by the tables.

4. Pender Island Golf & Country Club

2305 Otter Bay Rd, British Columbia V0N 2M0, Canada +1 250-629-6659
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Pender Island Golf & Country Club

One of B.C.’s most beautiful 9 hole public golf courses. This Gulf Island Jewel offers four elevated tee boxes and affords expansive views of the challenging golf shots that lie ahead. The course is deceptively challenging, with 6 separate tees for the back nine, yet it is a great recreation destination course for all handicappers.

Reviewed By diamondlil2015 - Pender Island, Canada

This beautiful course accommodates all levels. From the front tees it is a pleasant game;the back tees offer sufficient challenge for a pro. The exceptional scenery and lack of crowds rushing play make this a favourite. Modest green fees are a pleasant surprise.

5. Twin Island Cider Tasting Room

5601 Lupin Rd | Just off of Razor Point Road, British Columbia V0N 2M1, Canada
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Twin Island Cider Tasting Room

Reviewed By GPaCalgary - Calgary

We arrived on Pender Island and the first day there we heard that this place had opened, so we took our guests there for a tasting. The tasting fee included four or five samples of Cider with various drynesses. These are high quality ciders made from local apples. This is a great added tourism feature for this Island so we hope that the Cidery is successful.

6. Pender Islands Museum

2408 South Otter Bay Rd, British Columbia V0N 2M1, Canada +1 250-629-6935
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Pender Islands Museum

Reviewed By movingmaven - Gulf Islands

Situated in the old farmhouse where a pioneer family, the Roes, lived, this museum really gives visitors a sense of what it was like to homestead in Pender Island's earlier days. Staffed by volunteers who really know the history and the area, it's well worth a visit. It's also located on wonderful grounds which are now all parkland. A few old buildings still stand from the days when the Davidsons had a resort here called Roesland. Be sure to walk out to the headland and the white bench, admire the beach, the old heritage orchard, and the stands of Arbutus. It's food for the mind and tonic for the soul combined.

7. Saltwater Moon Fishing & Boat Charters

9801 Spalding Rd, British Columbia V0N 2M0, Canada
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Saltwater Moon Fishing & Boat Charters

Reviewed By westernsje

My partner found the Saltwater Moons website through a link to the WOODS On Pender website. Neither of us had ever been ocean fishing before, and we wanted to give it a try. My partner contacted Captain Mike, who was able to find a morning for us despite the short notice. We met Captain Mike at his boat slip in the Poets Cove Marina, and set out. It was only a short boat trip to the salmon fishing grounds just off Pender Island. Captain Mike was friendly, entertaining, and very patient with my being a total novice to the sport. The four hours flew by as we talked, traded stories, and occasionally caught fish. Captain Mike is knowledgable, helpful, and willing to do all the messy work. This is a great way to spend a half day, and to get some fresh salmon!

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