Heart of the Southern Gulf Islands archipelago, Pender Island is a pristine island oasis with easy access from Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle. The closest and largest Gulf Island to the U.S./Canada border, the island’s Bedwell Harbour is home to the area’s Canada Customs office, located near the Poets Cove Marina on South Pender Island.
Pender Island has a small-town coastal feel with gorgeous beaches, freshwater lakes, open farmland and forested hills. This quaint little island is bursting with fun things to do, from local events and attractions to water sports and outdoor activities. Poets Cove Resort and Spa is located on South Pender Island, but the entire is only 34 square kilometres so exploring one end to the other is easy as pie.
Self Explore by Sea , Kids Programs, Tours
Powered by you! Explore beyond your imagination by way of land or sea!With over 15 years of local experience, Pender Island Kayak Adventures delivers that picture perfect adventure you’ve been yearning for. From guided tours to choose your own adventure rentals of kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, bikes and disc golf, that perfect adventure is waiting for you!
With our many coves and beaches hidden throughout our paradise Pender Islands, it’s your turn to find that perfect beach room enough for only you and your friends.Set to our Salish Sea with chart in hand (provided) and find your hidden gem.
If you do not have that confident experience to paddle in the currents and conditions, we also offer Open Top Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards rentals. Perfect for exploring within Pender’s largest by, Bedwell Harbour, including stopping at Beaumont Marine Park for that perfect picnic and beach exploration, or access the highest peak on South Pender Island, Mount Norman *moderate hike*.
This small Gulf Island is home to many talented artists - and dozens of beautiful galleries featuring paintings, photography, jewellery, glassware, pottery, wearable art and antiques. A detailed list of Pender Island art galleries can be found in The Pender Island Guide. Since many galleries operate out of the artists’ homes, we recommend calling the galleries ahead to confirm hours or make your appointment.
We highly recommend checking out the following gallery shops for your viewing pleasure:
Enjoy local talent without ever leaving Poets Cove. We support local artists and their craft by displaying works by featured artists throughout our resort. Currently featured is Sharron Cuthbertson’s works of art and photography.
Located on South Pender Island and a nice country walk from the resort, this gallery is named after the illusive sea star sometimes seen in the Salish Sea and features the works of Susan Taylor and Frank Ducote.
Swirl a glass of locally produced wine at this beautiful organic vineyard that reaches from the edge of the beach to the slopes of Mount Menzies.
Take to the trails and find yourself a little spot of heaven. From leisurely walks to full-on hikes, you can find a complete trail guide here. Bikes are not allowed on any island trails, so if you decide to venture out on two wheels, you must stick to the roads.
Explore the pristine ocean waters around Pender Island. Water activities at Poets Cove Resort and Spa include kayak rentals, boat rentals and scuba diving. Or, take a deep-sea excursion with one of our tours or charters.
Pender Island is bursting with wild life and the island is home to several tour outfitters and charter companies just itching to get you out on the water for the experience of a lifetime. Take your pick and go whale watching, wildlife viewing, boating, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. Brochures detailing the area’s tour and charter options are available at our front desk.
Driftwood Centre is Pender Island’s largest shopping district and host to the area’s essential town services, main grocery store and specialty shops. Hope Bay on North Pender Island is a unique historical site with an eclectic collection of shops and services, and no trip to Pender Island is complete without stopping in at Nu to Yu, a funky little thrift store operating here for more than 40 years.
Held each year on the Canada Day long weekend (July 1), Hope Boat Days is a creative boutique-style festival showcasing local musical acts and handmade wooden watercraft in Pender Island’s Hope Bay.
With changing themes each year, the Pender Island Fall Fair is a fun community event with a great BBQ, kids’ activities, live music and dancing into the night. Happening in the dog days of August, it’s a great way to wrap up the summer.
Open every Saturday from the May long weekend until Canadian Thanksgiving, the Pender Island Farmers’ Market features fresh local produce, breads, baked goods, arts and crafts and other locally-made items. The Farmers’ Market takes from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pender Island Community Hall on North Pender Island.
Guests staying on Pender Island for New Year’s Eve are in for a treat: Presented annually by Three on the Tree Productions Society is the Lantern Festival at Magic Lake, where you can take in a multimedia show with paper lanterns, stilt walkers, shadow play, giant puppetry, fire spinning and a lighted kayak ballet on the lake.