D10 PEN­DER IS­LANDS

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Pen­der Is­lands – The Pen­ders—north and South Pen­der Is­lands—were once one is­land con­nected by a nar­row strip of land. A canal be­tween the is­lands was dredged in 1903 to al­low boats to make a speed­ier pas­sage to the outer Gulf Is­lands. Re­joined again with the build­ing of a one-lane bridge in 1957, the two is­lands are now home to a com­bined pop­u­la­tion of around 2000 per­ma­nent res­i­dents, the ma­jor­ity of whom live on North Pen­der.

There are a va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tions avail­able on the Pen­ders in­clud­ing inns, va­ca­tion cot­tages, bed and break­fasts, re­sorts and mari­nas. The Drift­wood Cen­tre, lo­cated on Bed­well Har­bour Road is 15 min­utes from the Ot­ter Bay ferry ter­mi­nal and is the is­land’s com­mer­cial hub. A Cus­toms point of en­try is lo­cated at Bed­well Har­bour (Po­ets Cove) on South Pen­der Is­land and Parks Canada’s field of­fice is lo­cated at Hope Bay on North Pen­der Is­land.

Wal­lace Point – Named after Peter Wil­liam Wal­lace, as­sis­tant sur­geon aboard the HMS Satel­lite. Peter Cove (north) of­fers some an­chor­age but it is ex­posed to south and east winds.

Swan­son Chan­nel – Named for Cap­tain John Swan­son, was in HBC ser­vice in 1859.

Thieves Bay – Nice beach and pic­nic area at the head of the bay. Tem­po­rary an­chor­age and also a launch­ing ramp. Mouat Point 800 m (.5 mi) was named after Cap­tain Wil­liams Alexan­der Mouat. Shin­gle Bay 1.6 km (1 mi) has some an­chor­age, but be care­ful of rocks which ex­tend from the south cor­ner.

Ot­ter Bay – Of­fers ferry ser­vice and some an­chor­age. Hyashi Cove is at the head of the bay. Roe Islet is on the south side of the bay with a flag­pole on the western tip of the islet. Roe Is­land is part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve (GINPR). Roes­land, lo­cated at the ad­ja­cent Ella Bay, is a for­mer cot­tage re­sort and is part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve. Per­fect lo­ca­tion for kayak­ers to come in and en­joy a pic­nic and learn about the lo­cal his­tory. The Pen­der Is­land Mu­seum is also lo­cated at Roes­land. In­ter­pre­ta­tion ser­vices are of­fered dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son. New dinghy dock avail­able.

Port Washington and Grim­mer Bay – Named after one of the first res­i­dents of Pen­der Is­land, Washington Grim­mer. Boat Islet in the bay.

Navy Chan­nel – Tides flood to the east and ebb to the west at up to three knots. Watch for rips near Hope Bay on flood tides. Con­coni Reef is marked by a light. David­son Bay has a nice beach but there is limited shel­ter if you are plan­ning to an­chor overnight. Clam Bay Farm is pri­vate.

Hope Bay – Named after Ruther­ford Hope, an early res­i­dent of the is­land. You may find some fresh shrimp to buy on the dock. Fane Is­land (east) is marked by a green light and was named for Charles Ge­orge Fane. Col­ston Cove and Wel­come Cove are north. Park field of­fice is lo­cated at Hope Bay.

Plumper Sound – You can of­ten see large ocean-go­ing ves­sels an­chored here. Winds in the sound gen­er­ally blow from the south and south­west.

Port Brown­ing – En­ter­ing from the east; there is a red spar buoy at the end of Ra­zor Point. Hamil­ton Beach is worth ex­plor­ing. Mor­timer Spit, on the south side, of­fers a ter­rific shell beach which is lo­cated just inside the pas­sage.

11. Pen­der Is­land Bridge – Clear­ance un­der the bridge is 9 me­tres at high wa­ter. The canal is 12 me­tres wide. A mon­u­ment de­scribes the area’s his­tory; “Near this point passed an an­cient trail over which In­di­ans portaged their ca­noes be­tween Brown­ing and Bed­well har­bours across this neck of land. Pioneer set­tlers later dragged their boats on skids for vis­its be­tween the scat­tered is­land fam­i­lies or to shorten the jour­ney to Sid­ney by sail or row-boat. In 1903, the fed­eral govern­ment con­structed the canal di­vid­ing Pen­der Is­land.” Shark Cove of­fers an­chor­age.

12. Beau­mont is part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve (GINPR), es­tab­lished in 2003 of­fer­ing camp­ing, toi­lets, pic­nick­ing and 15 moor­ing buoys in this all weather an­chor­age. The Sid­ney North Saanich Yacht Club pro­vide a marine host ser­vice at this lo­ca­tion - please visit the vol­un­teer host for any in­for­ma­tion about the park and the area.

13. Bed­well Har­bour – Orig­i­nally called Punta de San An­to­nio; more than 9,000 boats a year are pro­cessed at the cus­toms dock here. Pub­lic wharf within walk­ing dis­tance; gro­ceries, a post of­fice, wash­rooms, show­ers, laun­dry and pub. Medicine Beach at the head of the bay is one of the places where Pen­der Is­land First Na­tions lived for thou­sands of years.

14. Gowl­land Point – Marked by a light. Nice

beach and great tide pools to ex­plore. Here you can watch freighters and the oc­ca­sional pod of or­cas trav­el­ing through Bound­ary Pass as you look to­ward the San Juan Is­lands. Tilly Point 1.6 km (1 mi) wes) is a pop­u­lar scuba div­ing area with cav­erns 30 feet down. Camp Bay 800 m (.5 mi) north pro­vides good an­chor­age but it is ex­posed to south­east­erly winds.

Crocker Point – Marked with a light. There is a rock shoal point. Breezy Bay is on the north side of the point.

Lyall Har­bour – A pub­lic wharf and wash­rooms by the ferry land­ing at Saturna Point on the south point. Watch for Crispin Rock which is marked by a buoy at the en­trance. Boot Cove is en­tered north of Trevor Islet and pro­vides good shel­ter.

Win­ter Cove – A good all-weather pic­turesque an­chor­age. Win­ter Cove is part of Gulf Is­lands Na­tional Park Re­serve (GINPR). Win­ter Cove of­fers pic­nic sites and toi­lets as well as a beau­ti­ful trail through to Boat Pas­sage. Boat Pas­sage is tough to spot, but a good way of see­ing what is out on Ge­or­gia Straight. A new dinghy dock is also avail­able.

Ir­ish Bay has nice beaches. An­chor­age tucked in the south cor­ner.

Ge­orge­son and Rob­son Pas­sages – Be­tween Lizard and Curlew Is­lands are the pret­ti­est pas­sages of the Gulf Is­lands. Ac­cess is not per­mit­ted to Ge­orge­son Is­land.

20. Hor­ton Bay – Nice beach­comb­ing area with sev­eral pri­vate floats and a pub­lic wharf on the south side.

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