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January
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posted by: Poet's Cove Resort & Spa on: January 08, 2017
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The old Broadway star Eddie Cantor had a great attitude to scenery. He said: Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” Here at Poets Cove we couldn’t agree more, which is why we’re sharing seven of our favourite viewpoints on the island


1. MUMFORD ROAD VIEWPOINT, NORTH PENDER
Located along Canal Road, the moderate 260-metre trail to Mumford Viewpoint starts off with a couple of switchbacks that take you through some glorious forest before continuing on to a loop trail where you’ll find a bench where you can rest-up and soak up the beautiful views. From there you can see Mortimer Spit and the cute bridge that connects North and South Pender.
 
2. OAKS BLUFF VIEWPOINT, NORTH PENDER
This difficult 66-metre hike climbs up steep switchbacks and stairs through thick forest to the top of the bluffs. Up there you’ll find two viewpoints from where you can gaze over the island from 100 metres above sea level. The first viewpoint showcases Bedwell Harbour Marina and South Pender, while the second takes in Swanson Channel and Vancouver Island. You may even be lucky enough to spot orcas.
 
3. PLUMPER WAY VIEWPOINT, NORTH PENDER
This easy 50-metre trail leads to a magnificent viewpoint that looks out into Boundary Pass. This is where the border between Canada and the U.S. lies half way between the Penders and Stuart Island - one of the San Juan Islands in the U.S.
 
4. BRIDGE PARK VIEWPOINT, SOUTH PENDER
This easy 90-metre hike follows the canal between North and South Pender, and provides a great view of the quaint bridge there. The shady bench at the end of the trail provides a great place to chill out and take in the wonderful view.
 
5. CONERY CRESCENT TRAIL & VIEWPOINT, SOUTH PENDER
This easy 300-metre trail begins at the end of Conery Crescent. A short distance down the trail you have the choice of going left or right. Go right and you’ll find a viewpoint with a bench overlooking Plumper Sound. Go left and you’ll stumble upon a shady trail that will take you to Boundary Pass Drive, which provides a nice loop-hike back to the road.
 
6. CASTLE ROAD TRAIL, SOUTH PENDER
This hard trail includes a 800-metre walk and a 90-metre climb. Be prepared because it’s steep and full of switchbacks. There are some wonderful views of South Pender to enjoy along this hike, as well as sneaky glimpses of Mayne and Saturna Islands.
 
7. POETS COVE, SOUTH PENDER
The beautifully-designed West Coast-style lodge at Poets Cove Resort and Spa boasts stunning ocean views and sunsets. At the end of a good day’s hiking, you can relax on your private patio or balcony and watch the boats gently bobbing in the resort’s private marina in sparkling Bedwell Harbour.
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