Pender Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands that is located along the Pacific Coast of British Columbia. Consisting of two islands, North Pender and South Pender, it is a gorgeous destination for tourists and weddings alike.Located between bustling Vancouver and gorgeous Victoria, the two islands are separated by a narrow canal connected by a one-lane bridge. It is about 2-hour ferry ride from Vancouver and a 40-minute ferry ride from Sidney, BC.
The city is rich in history. Originally, North Pender and South Pender were a single island connected by an isthmus, but a canal was created in the early 1900s for the ferry and boats to have a quicker, safer passage between the islands.
Pender Islands takes in the sub-Mediterranean climate (sometimes called the Hawaii of Canada”), featuring vast amounts of rolling hills, plenty of forestry, open farmland, and several lakes and small mountains. It is also home to many beaches, having the most public beach access of any of the Gulf Islands.
It is a popular tourist destination, with many outdoor activities to enjoy, such as cycling, fishing, hiking, boating, sailing, scuba diving, golfing, and frisbee golf. Culture is rich here, filled with art galleries, eclectic and local cuisine, and plenty of shopping and events.
The oceanside opportunities on Pender Island are one of the island’s most exciting attractions. There are plenty of opportunities for sightseeing adventures, eco-tours, harbour tours, scuba diving and other adventures by boat, and several marinasoffer cruising and sailing opportunities.
A popular choice is Otter Bay Marina (www.otterbaymarina.ca) , offering a variety of services and activities, easy access for a stop on your trip or a place to lodge for the day.
Summer is generally a busy time of year here on the island, though in the spring and fall are excellent choices for celebrations, as there are fewer tourists and the weather is mild. It also provides great options for wedding photographers in Pender Island, with spring blooms and fall foliage.
There are also plenty of gorgeous places to stay while visiting Pender Island. Pender Island House (www.penderislandhouse.com) is a local favorite; it sits on half an acre of quit forest, with a gorgeous view of Plumper Sound, Saturna Island, the American San Juan islands, and the Washington coastal mountains. The recently renovated house has two bedrooms, as well as a large loft bedroom and sleeps six comfortably. There is a hot tub, a large wood burning fireplace in an open area plan, TV, DVD player, high speed Internet, BBQ, and fully-equipped kitchen complete with dishwasher and microwave.
Poets Cove Resort (www.poetscove.com) is snuggled away in Bedwell Harbour amidst incredible natural beauty, this gorgeous resort is home to an oceanview accommodation, bistro, fine dining, elegant spa, and 110 slip marina. There are plenty of activities, it is close to amenities, and is beautiful, as well. They also offer packages for weddings for your ceremony, reception, elopement or special event. Big or small, they have much to offer you by ways of a glorious venue, wedding catering, wedding supplies, wedding planning.
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