A Real Getaway: 10 Hidden Gems to Discover on Pender Island
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Take a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of city life as you escape to scenic Pender Island.
It is one of the islands in the southern Gulf and proves that life moves a little slower in Island Time.
Despite its small size, Pender Island offers a plethora of fun activities for all ages, from wineries and cider houses to some of the province’s best glamping destinations.
What to do on Pender Island
Sea Star Vineyard and Vineyard
Taste wine with a view of this magnificent vineyard and cellar overlooking the ocean. Taste a selection of fine wines, from reds and whites to sparkling and rosés. There is also a picnic area where guests can really take in all of the beautiful views that surround the space.
Address: 6621 Harbor Hill, Pender Island
Twin Islands Cider Tasting Room
Those who prefer artisanal cider can opt for this tasting room instead. The apples they harvest come from hundreds of dry-grown apple trees, planted over a century ago by settlers from Hawaii, Europe, and Japan, among others.
Address: 5601 Lupine Road, Pender Island
Avid hikers will certainly want to get some fresh air and hike the trails of Mount Noman. It is the highest point on Pender Island, providing stunning views of the region. It is a short but scenic hike, stretching for approximately 2.6 km with a positive elevation gain of 204 meters.
Address: The trailhead is across the canal bridge on South Pender Island
Wood on Pender
For a unique getaway, book a stay at this one-of-a-kind glamping resort. It offers a variety of accommodations, including rustic cabins, airstreams and a motel. Some accommodations include a personal cedar barrel hot tub that you can enjoy under the stars. There is also an on-site spa, offering a relaxing massage surrounded by nature.
Address: 4709 Canal Road, Pender Island
Poets Cove Resort & Spa
Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at Poets Cove, nestled in Bedwell Harbor on Pender Island. The resort offers rooms, cottages and villas with stunning harbor views. Given its idyllic location, it is also a popular location for weddings and other events.
Address: 9801 Spalding Road, Pender Island
Vern Simpson Studio
The art-loving community is also home to this must-see studio. Vern Simpson is a Pender Island-based painter and sculptor specializing in colorful landscape pieces with strong movement and texture. His work is featured in numerous collections across North America, as well as in Europe, Australia and Asia.
Address: 9978 Gowlland Point Road, Pender Island
Pender Islands Museum
Find this hidden gem on North Pender Island that helps share the stories that bring the island’s heritage to life. The museum is a 1908 farmhouse resort that houses several unique pieces of the people who once lived there. Admission is by donation.
Address: 2408 South Otter Bay Road, Pender Island
Golf Island Record Park
This unique record park can be found at Magic Lake Estates on North Pender Island. It features 27 holes through the forest, making it an exciting game while enjoying a walk in the woods. For those who have not played, the game is very similar to golf, but with discs, which look like frisbees.
Address: 37162-37170 Galleon Way, Pender Island
Farmer’s Market on Pender Island
Stock up on fresh produce, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, Gulf Island lamb, hot dishes, flowers, and a selection of unique handcrafted items at the local farmer’s market. It is open Saturdays from May to September and Wednesdays from June to December.
Address: 4418 Bedwell Harbor Road, Pender Island
Stop at this lively café popular with the locals of Pender Island. It’s all about comfort food, like wings, tempura shrimp, calamari, baked spaghetti, chicken parmesan, a full rack of BBQ ribs, penne jambalaya, pizzas and the Canadian classic, poutine.
Address: 4605 Bedwell Harbor Road, Pender Island