PENDER ISLANDS HANDBOOK

UPCOMING EVENTS

See the the Pender Island Arts Culture and Entertainment Facebook page for details on upcoming Pender highlights.

See the Pender Post for the most current Pender Events.

Film Series: Films are at the Community Hall (MAP 3) at 7;30 pm unless otherwise noted (Donation). Subscribe to the Hall's newsletter for movie listings.
Gulf Islands Concert Series concerts are at the School auditorium at 7:30 pm

Advance tickets for special events are typically sold at Talisman Books and Southridge Country Store. Concerts are at the Community Hall unless stated otherwise.

TRAVEL INFORMATION & LINKS
Ferries
Most travelers arrive on the Pender Islands via a BC Ferries vessel from the Victoria area (Swartz Bay) or Vancouver area (Tsawwassen). Phone: 1-888-BCFERRY; 250.381.5452.

To get from Washington State to the Victoria area, vehicle ferry options include the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC (except in winter) and the Coho ferry from Port Angeles, WA to downtown Victoria. Passenger-only ferry options all arrive in downtown Victoria in the Inner Harbour and include Victoria Clipper  from Seattle, and Victoria-San Juan Cruises from Bellingham.

Pender Local's Ferry Schedule
Ferry travelers in the know keep updated as to the boats that handle a particular sailing, in order to plan which ferry to take and how early to arrive at the terminal. The Pender kiosk and/or Pender Island Realty may have locals schedules to give out. The BC Ferries website may list ferries where overloads are expected.

Customs
To cross from Canada to the U.S, passports are now required. For the most current information see the Canadian and U.S. customs websites.

Air
To fly into the major transportation hubs, see the websites for Vancouver (YVR), Victoria (YYJ) and Seattle (SEA) international airports. Alaska and Delta Airlines connect Seattle and Victoria airports. Float plane service is also available to Pender Island via Seair from Vancouver airport to Port Washington (N. Pender). Harbour Air /Salt Spring Air from Vancouver downtown and YVR to Poets Cove (S. Pender) on charter basis only, and Kenmore Air from Seattle/Lake Union to Poets Cove (S. Pender, summer only, and now charter only).

Ground
Bus service between points in Vancouver and the Tsawwassen ferry terminal is provided by Pacific Coach Lines, or you can use the public Translink (bus and SkyTrain or new Canada Line). From Victoria airport a taxi is your best bet to get to Swartz Bay terminal. From downtown Victoria, take a taxi or use Victoria Regional Transit, Route 70. Rent a car at or near the airports or in Vancouver or Victoria. Try Avis, Budget, National, Hertz. No car rentals are available on Pender, however, Poets Cove guests can ask the concierge for availability of a van for rent by the day.

Camping

Prior Centennial and Shingle Bay Campground Reservations

MARINAS

Otter Bay (Swanson Channel, near the ferry terminal. Seasonal Restaurant) 250.629.3579

Port Browning (Browning Harbour, halfway down N. Pender. Restaurant.) 250.629.3493

Thieves Bay (Swanson Channel. Private, MLPOS residents and guests only) 250.629.3686

Poets Cove Resort /Bedwell Harbour Marina (South Pender Island in Bedwell Harbour. Customs, fuel dock, restaurant, pub, hotel) 250.629.2111

RESTAURANTS
Call restaurants for current open days and hours.
The Stand at the Ferry Terminal  629.3292
Otter Bay Bistro at the marina 629.3579 (Seasonal)
Zoupa's Bistro at the Golf Course 629.6263  (Seasonal)

Philly's Diner at Hope Bay 629.2090

Jo's Place at Driftwood Center 250.629.6033

Vanilla Leaf Bakery at Driftwood Centre 629.6453
Slow Coast (Formerly Harmony) Cafe (Medicine Beach Centre)

Penderosa Pizza (Medicine Beach Centre) 629.6666
Coffee + Kitchen (Woods on Pender) 629.3353
Port Browning /Bridgeman's Pub & Cafe 629.3493
Poets Cove: Syrens 629.2114 Aurora 629.2115 (Seasonal)

CHARTERS AND BOATS

Discovery Sea Tours

Pender Island Kayak Adventures - Tours & Rentals

Saltwater Moon Fishing & Boat Charters

Island Water Taxi (Sidney, comes to Pender)

GOLF COURSE EVENTS Call the golf course at 629.6659 for course closures due to tournaments. Weekly events are as follows (call anyway as there may be room if there is a low turnout):
Every Tuesday: Ladies Day 9-1
Every Thursday: Mens Day 9-1
Note: Wednesday has been 2-for-1 day to promote course use on a slow day. Check for current status.