Pender Island Events

Both North Pender Island and South Pender Island are wonderful places to visit

 
 Checkout the Pender Island Guide at penderisland.info for some history, and 
the Pender Island Chamber of Commerce at penderislandchamber.com for visitor guides and event listings.

Pender Island Farmers’ Market

Where: The market is located at the Pender Islands Community Hall

When: Open Saturdays, 9:30am to 1:00pm, Easter through Thanksgiving

What’s so special about this market? Sponsored by the Pender Island Farmers’ Institute, the market brings together local farmers, craftspeople and food vendors to offer you Pender Island’s best wares: vegetables, fruits, flowers, eggs, pasture-raised lamb, local cider, baked goods, jams and jellies, sushi, plants, art, crafts, jewelry, music and snacks!

Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards

You are invited to explore our portfolio of wines crafted from grapes organically grown on our Pender and Saturna Island ocean-side vineyards.

When: Open 12pm to 4pm June 21st, 22nd, 23rd.

Twin Island Cider 

Rooted on Pender Island. Naturally fermented ciders pressed from heirloom Pender Island Trees.

When: Open 12pm to 4pm Saturday and Sunday

Soup Luncheon with Live Music

We welcome you to join us every Friday for soup luncheon with Live Music.
Suggested donation is $5.00 for an unlimited bowl of soup with bread or crackers.
We typically have a gluten free and a vegetarian option.
This is a partnership between the Pender Islands Health Care Society, Ptarmigan Arts and the Pender Island Community Hall.

Community Café

Community Café

Come to Pender Island’s Community cafe for coffee, tea and games!
Pender Island Community Hall 4418 Bedwell Harbour Road

 When: 10:00am to 1:00pm  Friday 

Step Back In Time at the Pender Islands Museum

Parks Canada once again joins the Pender Islands Museum Society for Tour des Îles with the Step Back in Time event. Join hosts in historic costume for activities at the museum, located at the 110-year-old Roesland Resort. Or just relax on the porch, bring a picnic, and enjoy the scenery. Music Sponsored by Ptarmigan Arts.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cardboard Kayak Race

Join Pender Island Kayak Adventures as they host a cardboard kayak race.  Yes, that is not a typo!  Watch the craziness as budding boat designers attempt to get their cardboard boats around the race course.

If sitting in a soggy cardboard box doesn’t “float your boat”, there is the annual Chili Cookoff. 

Where: Port Browning Harbour

2pm: Fun and games begin! Hooping, Bouncy castle, slip n slide, disc golf challenge and a lot more lively action!
3.30pm: Chefs take the lids of their chili entries! Feast til you’re full! $2/taste or $20 for unlimited refills!
3.30 – 5.30: Cardboard Kayak Race Signup. Random teams chosen, bring your ideas. We provide everything you need to make your vessel.
5.30 – 7pm: Cardboard Kayak Building
7.15: Meet at beach to launch the beautiful c(rafts)
7.15 – cardboard kayak relay race around Port Browning

 

Free Store and Re-shop Gallery

The Free Store is chock full of a great selection of free stuff awaiting a second life: books, kitchen stuff, knickknacks, board games, garden pots, building hardware, and lots more. The Re-Shop Gallery features art, repurposed and refurbished items “up-cycled” by local artists and are available for a minimum suggested donation. 

Where: Recycling Centre (near the Community Hall)

When: Friday June 21 & Saturday June 22 from 10:00 – 3:00

Nu-To-Yu Shopping Day

World famous secondhand shopping experience. Find a treasure trove of gently used clothing, accessories, books, toys, furniture, small appliances, strollers, bicycles, and other household goods. All proceeds are used to support community services and activities.

Where: Auchterlonie Centre (next to the Library)

When: Friday June 21 & Saturday June 22 from 10:00 – 4:00

Friday Night Dinner at the Legion

All dinners are $18.00 per person, children 12 and under are half price. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Talisman Books, or at the Legion bar on dinner night if not sold out.

Where: Legion Branch 239 (near the Ferry)

When: Friday June 21 starting at 4pm.

RENAISSANCE STUDIO

Featuring exclusive handmade designer jewelry, antiques, fine art, collectibles, and handmade rugs.

Where: 3302 Port Washington Road (near Southridge Farm Store)  

When: Friday June 21, Saturday June 22 & Sunday June 23 from 11:00 – 4:00

Pender Island Golf

One of B.C.’s most beautiful 9 hole public golf courses. This Gulf Island Jewel offers four elevated tee boxes and affords expansive views of the challenging golf shots that lie ahead. The course is deceptively challenging, with 6 separate tees for the back nine, yet it is a great recreation destination course for all handicappers.

Where: 2305 Otter Bay Road  

When: Friday June 21, Saturday June 22 & Sunday June 23 from 8:00 – 6:00

Open Acoustic Jam

Bring a banjo, bongo or spoons and play along, or just listen in and enjoy the slow life.

Where: Slow Coast Café (Medicine Beach)

When: Sunday June 23 from 1:00 – 3:00

Hot Tunes with PI Jazz

Pack a picnic, load up the chairs or maybe a blanket and come on out to Stoney Pocket for some smooth jazz from PIJazz at its annual summer event. The beautiful venue, located on the corner of Port Washingron Rd and Clam Bay Rd will only be enhanced by wonderful tunes that will have your toes tapping in their sandals in no time. Tickets at Talisman Books are $15, with kids free.

When: Sunday June 23 from 2pm – 4pm

Please  join the Pender Ocean Defenders and the Pender community for a celebration and commemoration of our beloved Orca. Gather at The Driftwood at 2pm on Saturday June 22nd and join our musical parade down to the ocean in front of Browning pub to sing, lament, learn about and cheer on our neighbors, the J Pod Orca.

When: Saturday June 22 from 2pm

Where: Starting at The Driftwood, heading down to Port Browning

Hear stories from Pender’s past as told by longtime residents and hosted by acclaimed author, storyteller and songwriter, Andrea Spalding. Stories are a cornerstone to our culture and history, and this small island has no shortage of interesting tales. This evening, taking place in the middle of Tour Des Isles, will celebrate the uniqueness of our community, pay homage to where we’ve come from, and hopefully inspire us to continue getting to know our neighbours and building community.  

Where and When: Pender Community Hall 4418 Bedwell Harbour Rd.                              Saturday June 22nd, 7pm   

 

Pender Island Disc Golf

The course features 27 holes, with the original nine holes (now the front nine) having tone poles, and the middle and back nines having chain baskets. The course, with its many trees and rugged landscape is one of the Most Unique Disc Golf Courses in the World!

Where: Magic Lake

When: Daily from sunrise to sunset

Dining

Bridgemans Bistro – at Browning Harbour, 5 – 8 (Fri) & 9 – 8 (Sat, Sun)
Port Browning Pub – at Browning Harbour, 11 – 9 (Fri, Sat & Sun)
Aurora – at Poets Cove, 8 – 11 & 5:30 – 8:30 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Moorings Café – at Poets Cove, 7:30 – 5 (Fri, Sat) & 7:30 – 2:45 (Sun)
Syrens Bistro & Lounge – at Poets Cove, 12 – 9 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Jo’s Place – at the Driftwood Centre, 8 – 2 & 5-8 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Vanilla Leaf Café – at the Driftwood Centre, 7 – 5 (Fri, Sat & Sun)
Tru Value Deli – at the Driftwood Centre, 9am – 7pm (Fri, Sat & Sun)
El Faro Fusion – at the Golf Course, 11am – 4pm (Fri & Sat)
Community Gathering Soup lunch – at the Community Hall, 12 – 1 (Fri)
Coffee & Kitchen – at Woods on Pender, 5 – 9 (Fri), 9 – 2 & 5 – 9 (Sat, Sun)
Camp Truck – at Woods On Pender 9 – 3 (Fri) 12-3 (Sat)
Legion Dinner 5– 8 (Fri)
Otter Bay Marina Café 8 – 6 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Penderosa Pizza – at Medicine Beach Market 12 – 11pm (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Island Time food truck – at Seastar Vineyards, 12 – 4 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Slow Coast Cafe – at Medicine Beach Market, 7:30 – 4 (Fri) & 8:30 – 4:00 (Sat, Sun)
Southridge Country Store -Port Washigton Road 9:30 – 5:00 (Fri, Sat), 11:00 – 4:00 (Sun)
Cafe at Large – at Southridge Country Store, Friday and Saturday 11-3
The Stand – at the Ferry Terminal, 7am – 5:30pm (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Gather Teahouse Eatery & Stage – at Hope Bay, 11am – 3pm (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Pender Chocolates – at Hope Bay 9:30-4 (Fri & Sat) 11-3 (Sun)

Poets Cove Resort and Spa
Information Station 

Arrive by plane, land or water shuttle, Poets cove Resort is a secluded oasis for rest, relaxation and refreshment. Explore the docks, beach, pools and village like ambiance, then stop in at one of the restaurants for excellent dining. Keep your eyes peeled for some special events and activities or rent a kayak and explore the coastline.

Where: Poets Cove Resort and Spa

When: Daily

Port Browning Marina
Information Station and Activity Hub

Arrive by foot, land or water shuttle, Browning Harbour is a hub for local get togethers and fun. Conveniently located within walking distance to downtown Pender Island, you can eat, explore the docks, beach, swim in the pool, play disc golf. Keep your eyes peeled for some special events and activities or rent a kayak and explore the coastline.

Where: Port Browning Marina 

When: Daily

Driftwood Mall 
Information Station and Activity Hub

Stroll the shops, stop for an ice cream, picnic while listening to local live music, watch as the swallows and eagles glide overhead. Keep your eyes peeled for some special events and activities or rent a scooter and explore the island.

Where: Driftwood Centre (a short walk from Port Browning Marina)

When: Daily

 

Otter Bay Marina

Arrive by land shuttle or BC Ferries. Explore the dock, beach, pools and village like ambiance. Rent a kayak and explore the coastline or a scooter to explore the land.

Where: Otter Bay (near the Ferry terminal)

When: Daily

Hiking Trails

Pender is blessed with numerous trails and ocean access points. While most of the trails are quite short there are a few that will give you an excellent workout such as Mt. Norman, Mt. Menzies and the Heart trail.  Many trails can be found all along the bus and shuttle routes. A trail map and guide can be found here.

Accommodations

Poets Cove Resort Marina and Spa
1-888-512-7638

Bed and Breakfasts
250-999-6371

Port Browning Marina and Camping
250-629-3493

Parks Canada Camping
1-877-737-3783

Otter Bay Marina
250-629-3579

Woods on Pender
250-629-3353 

Transportation

Tour des Iles Festival shuttles 

Shuttles will take you to and between the Winery, Cidery, Museum, Community Hall, Disc Golf, Golf, many hikes and to the Information Stations/ Activity Hubs at Poets Cove, Browning Harbour and the Driftwood Centre.

Pender Island Community Bus 

The schedule can be found here.

Taxi

Pender Island Cab – call 1-250-629-2222 to book or online.  

Scooter Rentals 

Driftwood Auto (Driftwood Mall)  call 250-629-3002
Otter Bay (near the ferry) – call 250-629-3579 

Electric Bike Rentals

Pender Island Kayak (Browning Harbour) book online  

Car Stops

An island way to get around and meet new friends or catch up with old friends. Find the car stop map here.