Explore Pender Harbour


View of Pender Harbour from Mount Daniel
Pender Harbour is often referred to as "The Venice of the North." With its idyllic harbours, numerous coves, small islands and sheltered waters, it is one of British Columbia's most scenic coastal playgrounds.

Pender Harbour has numerous hikes, lakes and villages to explore. Head into Madeira Park for groceries, drinks or a snack at one of the delightful cafes, and a stroll on the government dock. In September the harbour is alive with the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival — jazz bands tour the harbour on boats, and festival-goers relax on grassy knolls overlooking the ocean while bands play in the bandstand.

Climb Pender Hill (seen below) or tackle the more adventurous Mt. Daniel trail, with vistas encompassing Pender to the south and all the way up Vancouver Island to the northwest. Or head to stunning Klein Lake, picture-perfect and warm — and a haven to turtles living there. Fish in Garden Bay Lake, Hotel Lake, Katherine Lake or Mixal Lake, or just laze around on an inner tube.

Drive a bit further up the coast to find the Iris Griffith Interpretive Centre and a hop down the road, the Ruby Lake Resort Restaurant for fabulous fare served right next to a waterfowl refuge.

You're not done yet — spelunk in antique galleries, such as the Flying Anvil Studio, or cruise through second-hand treasures at the Egmont Thrift Store. Hike to the world-famous Skookumchuck Rapids (check with the Visitor Info Centre in Sechelt or Pender first for best viewing times) where you'll see one of the largest tidal changes to be found in the world. If you're lucky, highly experienced whitewater kayakers will be there playing in the surf.

Not-to-be-missed festivals and events:


Sunshine Coast Calendar of Events


Pender Hill Hike

Pender Hill Hike

Flying Anvil Studio

Flying Anvil Studio Pender Harbour


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