C7 PENDER HARBOUR
A. John Henry’s Marina - Located in Hospital Bay. The place to visit if you need groceries, supplies or fuel. They have everything you could want.
B. Pender Harbour Resort offers short and long term moorage, laundry facilities, cottages, motel rooms, RV and camping spots and a heated pool. Be sure to take the short walk to Motoko’s Art Gallery.
1. Edgecombe Island – Good anchorage in the north bay. Be careful of the drying rocks they are not marked. Edgecombe Island is private property and a favourite hangout for bald eagles. There are several private floats here. Do not attempt entering the north bay from the east side of the island.
2. Bargain Bay – Some nice anchorage and protection from all but southeast winds. Head of the bay provides the best sheltered anchorage with many private floats. Watch for rocks close to shore when entering. The K.A.S.K. camp is on the southwest side.
3. Bargain Narrows – Locally known as Canoe Pass. Crossed only at HW with local knowledge and in a small vessel. The bridge is the only way that Francis Peninsula is connected to Sechelt Peninsula.
4. Francis Bay – Some anchorage and shelter from southeast winds in the north cove. Francis Point south is marked by a light.
5. Martin Cove – Private residences overlook the small cove. Limited anchorage with shelter from southeast winds. A favourite spot for divers because of the rock walls and sandy bottoms. Charles Island is north and Martin Island is west.
6. Main entrance to Pender Harbour (public) is between Henry Point and Williams Island which is marked with a light. Pender Harbour is a resort area and provides great sheltered anchorage. Many pubs, marinas, private floats and mooring buoys are found throughout the harbour.
7. There is a marked drying reef with a starboard hand day marker between Williams Island and Charles Island. Careful when navigating here.
8. Skardon Islands – Comprised of one large island and three small islands. To the north are five bays. Joe Bay has a float. Bill Bay and Dingman Bay have private floats and moorings and Duncan Cove has a boat launch with private floats and moorings; the fifth is Ferrington Cove.
9. Hospital Bay – Three public floats; transient boats can stay at floats A and B. The harbour master monitors VHF 66a. A drying rock is marked in the middle of the entrance. Preferred channel is right. It was named for St. Mary hospital, built here in 1930. 10. Garden Bay Marine Park – On the east shore has a dinghy dock, outhouses, drinking water, nice anchorage in front of it, and includes Mount Daniel. Note the outstations for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and the Seattle Yacht Club. Sportsman Marina has outstations for the Burrard and West Vancouver Yacht Club.
11. Gunboat Bay – Named after her Majesty’s gunboats. Excellent for anchoring. Several small private floats line the shores. Upon entering the bay through a narrow and shallow channel, there is a sizable beach of oyster shells on the north.
12. Welbourn Cove – Anchorage, a large public float, boat launch, power, garbage and used oil disposal facilities.
13. Madeira Park – Named after the Island of Madeira near Portugal. Main community of Pender Harbour with a variety of stores.
14. Mary Islet – Marks the entrance to Gerrans Bay. Stay clear of Griffin Ledge (east) as it is very shallow. Just southwest of Mary Island is Calder and Dusenbury Islands.
15. Gerrans Bay – Good anchorage at the head which is known as Whiskey Slough. You’ll find a public float & power.