Pender Harbour is a unique community on the Sunshine Coast. From early pioneering days, Harbourites had to wait for steamships to come up the Coastline to reach this beautiful region of inlets, lakes and offshore islets. Even the hospital was of the floating variety, and to this day the annual “Hospital Bay Days” take locals and visitors back to those early times in Pender’s history.
The characteristics that make Pender so charming are – like anywhere else – their greatest blessing and sometimes a challenge. For example, Pender operates on ‘Pender Time’, which is how the locals label a sometimes ‘munana’ (tomorrow) outlook. While this can be challenge for folks who want what they want RIGHT NOW, the vast majority of Pender residents and visitors cherish the laid-back pace and shedding of city stresses. Pender is also at a crossroads, literally and figuratively, since there are myriad small communities off each t-junction on Highway 101 past Secret Cove. There’s even a Crossroads Grill takeout restaurant to prove it! Francis Peninsula, Garden Bay, Madeira Park, Sakinaw Lake, Garden Bay Lake, Hotel Lake, Daniel Point… there are too many to list and all are beloved by residents and visitors alike.
Figuratively speaking, Pender is now at a point in its evolution where there are two main groups of residents: the fulltimers who live in Pender year round and have been there ‘forever’ and the ‘Vancouver getaway’ type, who own property either with an existing building or they’re building on to the land in places like Daniel Point and Sakinaw Estates. These home owners come up to the Coast sporadically but are passionate about the lifestyle and values Pender offers.
There is plenty to do around the Harbour year round:
- Gallery hopping, from stained glass and metal art, to paintings and fibre arts
- Fibre Arts weekend programs
- Salmon and cod fishing
- Wildlife watching
- Hiking Mt. Daniel, Pender Hill, or into one of the many lakes in the area
- Festivals and annual events, like the upcoming April Tools Wooden Boat Challenge, Pender Harbour May Days, the Garlic Festival, Bonfire Music Festival, Chamber Music Festival, Blues Festival, and the long-running and very popular Pender Harbour Jazz Festival.
- Dining out at any one of the pubs or restaurants around the Harbour
- Hiking in to see the world-famous Skookumchuck Rapids
- Horseback riding in summer months
- Mountain Biking
- Sightseeing to Jedediah Island Park, or Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls
- Visiting the Spa at Painted Boat
- or, just plain relaxing!
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