10 Things to do on Pender Island this Summer
Are you going to Pender Island? We’ve rounded up the best 10 activities for you to take part in – have a look!
Hike the short trail to the panoramic lookout from the top of Mt. Norman – the highest point of Pender Island. Located on South Pender Island, this short ascent will offer you gorgeous views across the Southern Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island.
Take a walk around Roe Lake – a beautiful freshwater lake that sits in the middle of a forest on North Pender Island. Why not bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings?
For something a little different, try your hand at Disc Golf. Pender Island Disc Golf Park comprises of 27 holes which take you through the trees and across to Magic Lake. Be competitive and let the games begin!
Though you cannot cycle on any of the trails on Pender Island, it is still worthwhile to hire some bikes and take a tour of the Island. Most of the roads are not that busy but be prepared, they are steep! Burn some calories and explore this golden countryside.
No holiday to Pender Island would be complete without getting onto the water. The best way to explore the local gems is by kayak. There are many routes, starting from Hope Bay, you can take that make for interesting day trips! Watch out for orcas – there are regular sightings all through summer! If you’re new to kayaking, Pender Island Kayak Adventures offers a range of exciting trips – there’s sure to be one that takes your fancy.
There are numerous private marinas and public wharfs available on Pender Island – no excuse not to take your boat on holiday with you. Because Pender Island is situated admist the Gulf Islands National Park, you’re going to want to take advantage of your location at sea. Days on the boat will certainly get you discovering all the local islands.
Discover Roesland park on North Pender Island. Back in the 1920s, Roesland was a resort and so today, the park is littered with old cottages. Look inside and make up stories about what would have happened here in the past. This is also a lovely spot to watch for wildlife.
Anyone into diving? We are and we’ve heard that the Pender Islands have some of the best diving in North America. While most dive companies run out of Victoria on Vancouver Island and so it may be difficult to organize a dive trip, there is always the option to charter your own boat. If you’re a seasoned diver then bring your own equipment (and your buddy!) – some locations, such as Tilly Point Caves, are shore dives so are easy access. Bear in mind that Pender Island’s dive sites are more suited to experienced divers.
Do you love sunsets? Well we’ve got the perfect way for you to watch one on Pender Island. Take a Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard Tour with Pender Island Kayak Adventures. We guarantee this will be a magical experience even if you’re not into SUP!
Finish off your vacation with a wine tasting at Sea Star Vineyard. The tasting room is open Wednesdays through to Sundays so make sure you pop in and try one of their vintage wines. This vineyard is in a picturesque location overlooking the ocean, what could be more romantic?
Check out our Pender Island Accomodation and make sure to contact us on 1.877.778.6466 or 604.872.5466 to book your next vacation.