Sponsors (2018)

We are very grateful to our sponsors, whom without this event would not be possible.  Please consider these businesses and individuals when being out in the community.

Title sponsors
Gold sponsors
Silver sponsors
Bronze sponsors


Title Sponsor

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is the regional government for 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the nearby Gulf Islands  serving more than 383,000 citizens.

Gold Sponsors

Bennett Bay Bistro supports sustainable and locally sourced ingredients in our made from scratch menu.  While on the Tour des Iles, be  sure to come visit us on Mayne Island at Bennet Bay.

Ocean River Sports With over 30 years in the business, Ocean River includes an outstanding retail store, kayaking school, tours, rentals and a performance paddling club.

Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce  Bringing Business and Community together!

Gulf Island Water Taxi Welcome aboard…explore the neighbourhood! Regular passengers include cyclists, golfers, hikers, sight-seers and kayakers. In addition, over 100 school children are transported daily throughout the year. Charters available; three 40 passenger vessels and one 12 passenger vessel to choose from. All boats are coast guard inspected and fully licensed.

Mayne Island Chamber Mayne Island is a peaceful and active retreat offering memorable experiences year round. Engage in meaningful enjoyment while boating, hiking, biking, nature touring, shopping, dining, beach combing, and just “chillin.”

Driftwood Centre We have many great shops and services for all of your needs – the grocery store offers fresh meats, fish, produce, deli foods and more. The bakery cafe offers fresh baked goods, and breads and is open for lunch and breakfast. There is a well-stocked government liquor store, realty office, pharmacy, service station, post office, bank and an array of specialty shops. If it is a good book, fresh flowers, games for the kids or a frisbee for the disc golf course, you will find it here.

A Better Way to Buy and Sell Real Estate

RE/MAX SALT SPRING and RE/MAX MAYNE-PENDER are one-stop real estate websites for all your home buying and selling needs on Salt Spring, Mayne and Pender Islands . Contact us if you’d like more information on finding your dream home or preparing to sell your home.

Port Browning Marina can be found at the head of the spectacular Browning Harbour. Our marina is a favourite destination among boaters and island visitors exploring the Southern Gulf Islands. During a visit to Port Browning you’ll find overnight moorage, a convenience store, laundry and shower facilities, tent and RV camping, seasonal outdoor pool, ATM, WiFi, kayak rentals and convenient access to local shopping.

Poet’s Cove Resort & Spa, situated within a secluded bay on Pender Island, our world-class resort is the Gulf Island’s premier luxury resort featuring a full service marina and spa.

Discover the Gulf Islands’ Best Kept Secret at any time of year.  On the beautiful, wild west coast of Canada, you will build memories you will never forget.

The Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa believes that people and businesses must be active members of their community, contributing to making it economically and environmentally sustainable. Throughout the year, the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa resort is proud to support charitable organizations on Galiano Island, throughout BC and in the greater world community.

The Salish Sea Inter Island Transportation Society wishes to acknowledge the key contribution of the Harbour Authority of Salt Spring Island (HASSI) for their generous contribution of dock space for the Tour des Iles boats going in and out of Ganges harbour. As Gold level Sponsors,  their contribution was critical to the success of this event.

Silver Sponsors

Established in 1991, Gulf Islands Insurance Agencies provides Autoplan, home, business, marine and travel insurance to Mayne, Galiano and Saturna Islands.

Pender Island Cab provides traditional taxi service as well as charter services for groups, events and weddings. Reservations recommended.

Gulfport Realty  Our strength is we know the land we are selling. Each of us is a full-time resident of the island on which we work, and our local knowledge helps buyers make sound decisions, especially when it comes to island bylaws and water and septic concerns.

Moving Around Pender  The Moving Around Pender Alternative Transportation Society is located on Pender Island, British Columbia, one of the smaller islands located between Vancouver Island and the mainland. As a small rural community with no public transit options, the group has come together to promote alternatives to the single passenger automobile such as bike routes, car sharing, community bus and multi-use path networks.

Salmonberry Inn  Pender Island’s only 5 Star Oceanfront Luxury Destination offers beautiful, eco-friendly, self-contained suites and boasts natural BC wood and organic amenities. An exceptional inn of obvious distinction, Salmonberry Inn spoils you from the first moment of arrival.

Galiano Island Chamber Experience all the magic of British Columbia’s Wild West Coast on the Gulf Island closest to Vancouver. Ancient Forests, Rocky Heights, Sandstone & Pebble Beaches and Stunning Views are all waiting for you to explore on Galiano.

Pender Island Chamber Pender Island is a popular destination for cycling, fishing, hiking, boating, sailing, scuba diving and other outdoor pursuits. Pender Island also has numerous art galleries, shops, and restaurants and hosts a variety of local events throughout the year, including the Pender Island Fall Fair and the Lantern Festival. On Saturday mornings during the summer, the Pender Island Farmer’s Market at the Community Hall offers local produce and handcrafts, as well as entertainment.

 Country Grocer is conveniently located in the heart of Ganges, our Salt Spring Island Country Grocer is a 28,000-square-foot destination market for both locals and visitors. Be sure to stop by for a few delicious ideas for dinner or a picnic at the beach. Looking for something hot and tasty? Our café is the ideal spot for a morning coffee, lunch with friends or quick and easy supper.

Mayne Island and Saturna Island each have an active Parks & Recreation Commission. These commissions acquire and manage neighbourhood parks and trails and provide recreation opportunities according to the needs and wishes of the community. The Commissions improve and maintain public shore access for the enjoyment of all, and as evacuation routes in case of an emergency.

Montague Harbour Marina  The marina offers ethanol-free marine gas, diesel, fuel oils, washrooms, and a grocery store. In addition to provisions, the store carries fishing and camping accessories, and an excellent selection of books, magazines, quality clothing and gift items. Ice and wonderful ice cream cones are available.

Lions Club Mayne Island  The Mayne Island Lions Club is a proud member of Lions International, the world’s largest humanitarian service association with over 1.3 million members from 200 countries.  Lions International will be celebrating its Centennial in 2017. It was founded on June 7, 1917 in Chicago by Melvin Jones. The Lions motto is “We Serve”.

Sea Star is proud to be part of the fabric of the community on Pender Island. Apart from supporting local Charities we also provide a venue for numerous gatherings, and participate in the Island’s Fall Fair. Our Winery is also host to numerous Collective Art Exhibits and Musical Events.

As we develop connections to our community, we have decided to place an emphasis on providing support to four organizations that are dedicated to animal welfare causes. Sea Star Vineyards has proudly donated over $60,000.00 to the following charities, (along with additional donations to the Pender Island Conservancy Association, Pender Islands Fire Protection Society, Pender Island Community Hall and The Georgia Strait Alliance.)

WOODS on Pender offers a unique, luxury camp experience on beautiful Pender Island. The property, situated on a tranquil wooded 7.3 acres, was previously the home of the Inn on Pender Island and Memories Restaurant. Completely renovated, expanded and revitalized in 2015, WOODS on Pender has become the ultimate modern camp experience; a beautiful juxtaposition of the rustic outdoors and the comfortable amenities of home. Just minutes from the Otter Bay Ferry Terminal and seaplanes, WOODS on Pender features the Coffee + Kitchen farm-to-table restaurant and 5 unique accommodation options – Airstreams, Retro Trailers, Rustic Cabins, and WOODS Motel Rooms.

I started flipping “Bingo Burgers” at a community bingo hall in Sidney in 1986.
I started pouring beers at a tiny neighbourhood pub called “The Brig” in Brentwood Bay B.C. in 1990. I knew I loved hospitality and one day I wanted to have my own place to look after my friends, local community and serve all the things I knew they loved at a fair price.
The dream I had when I was twenty is now a reality. I love this business, I love this community and I love the idea of the wonderful times that lie ahead. All I can say is … Welcome to Jo’s Pender. We are going to feed you well.

Bronze Sponsors

Pender Island Pharmacy is your one stop for: prescriptions, cosmetics, stationery & office supplies, photo-finishing, cards & gifts, souvenirs, golf discs, toys, and pet supplies.

Mayne Island Tru Value serves 1100 year-round residents – and several thousand more who visit just for the summer – with a combination of island friendliness and urban selection.

Pender Island is home to 2400 year-round residents, and, like most Gulf Islands, the number triples over the summer months. Visitors come for the lively arts scene as well as for hiking, boating and kayak adventures.
Pender Island Tru Value Foods has been a Pender mainstay since 1994, when Wayne Verch and Jerry Rainer opened on North Pender. From the beginning the store built its inventory on customers’ feedback and requests, an approach still welcomed by owner/manager Mike Gray.

Mayne Island Fire Rescue proudly serves the community of Mayne Island by safely protecting life, property and the environment through prevention, public education and comprehensive emergency response by dedicated, highly trained personnel with up-to-date, well-maintained equipment.

Al’s Gourmet Now open for the season. Al loves to eat big portions of freshly made food packed with flavour and value so it makes sense that his food cart follows the same guidelines. Each menu item is made on the cart from the freshest, organic when in season and locally produced (if possible) ingredients around.

Galiano Island Books Your community-minded, globally-connected bookstore.

Mayne Island Home Hardware  Building supplies and hardware, housewares, paint, garden centre, rental department.

Gallery 8  Gallery 8 features a wide range of work from both up and coming, and established Salt Spring Island and British Columbia artists. Gallery 8 is ideally located to draw on the Gulf Island’s and Vancouver Island’s rich modernist tradition. In addition to local work we pride ourselves on bringing a varied and much sought after selection of artists from across the county to the West Coast of Canada. Our yearly calendar of solo and group exhibitions from gallery artists delivers an artistic menu for every taste.

Pender Island Golf and Country Club  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.

19B Barber Shop  Enjoy the experience of this special Salt Spring Islands Barber Shop!

Farm Gate Store  The days are now getting longer and things are cooking down here at Farm Gate. When you step into the warmth of the store the aromas from the deli fill the air. Fresh bread, simmering soups, vegetarian casseroles to name a few. Often there are fresh apple pies coming out of the oven and of course those famous muffins full of nuts and fruit.


The Crane and Robin is all about sustainable seafood cooked by Douglas, oceanside at Montague Harbour Marina with a casual ambiance.


Scoops Ice Cream & Burger Bar  Drop in and enjoy their home made buns, deli and large diverse menu.

At Anthony Jamieson Designs, we design and craft stunning custom architectural glass panels for our discerning clients. Let us be the solution to a design challenge in your home or business.

Mayne Island Resort is the perfect oceanfront getaway; only one hour ferry from Vancouver or Victoria and sited at one of the most beautiful resort and spa locations in the Gulf Islands. Relax, unwind, reconnect, book a spa treatment, take a walk along our beach and out to the point through a seaside grove of giant wind twisted arbutus.

Living and working on Pender Island, Coast Salish territory, Twin Island Cider is a farm-based cidery specializing in natural fermentation, using heirloom variety apples and pears we hand-pick and shake out of the many tall, old fruit trees growing around Pender Island. We also use heirloom apples from Mayne Island, other Southern Gulf Islands, and Vancouver Island, as well as apples from Worrenberg Farms in Keremeos for our draught-only blend.

Henri Proctor of MacDonald Realty is an award-winning realtor who has lived in the Gulf Islands for over 30 years. Her love of architecture and design, along with her talent for discovering what her clients are really searching for, enables her to find the perfect Special Place for you.

Our mission is to serve veterans and their dependants, promote remembrance and act in the service of Canada and its communities.

Pender Island Kayak Adventures (PIKA) is a family owned and operated company in the heart ofthe Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, located at the hub of the Pender Islands, Port Browning Marina, offering a launch point for some of the best paddling around the Penders.
PIKA offers over 30 years of combined experience in the industry and is excited to be in its 11th year of ownership (previously Kayak Pender Island c.1990).

Greg Rowland, Associate Broker with Macdonald Realty in Victoria, and Managing Broker for Macdonald Realty Parksville, has been offering superb service to his client in the trading area of Southern Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands for over 20 years, and has acted as Managing Broker for four area Real Estate companies. Greg is happily ensconced on beautiful Pender Island.

Talisman is a new and used bookstore located in the Driftwood Centre on Pender Island. They carry a wide selection of fiction, non-fiction, and biography, and their fantastic children’s section includes classics as well as new favourites. Along with books, you’ll find a great selection of gifts and greeting cards, as well as local artist cards, sketchbooks, and some art supplies. They also carry toys by Melissa & Doug, puppets by Folkmanis, journals by Paperblanks, candy and chocolate by Harlans on Salt Spring Island and Pender Chocolates handmade at Hope Bay on Pender Island.  Each month their art gallery features a different local artist!

BC Ferries is one of the largest ferry operators in the world, providing year-round vehicle and passenger service on 25 routes to 47 terminals, with a fleet of 35 vessels. We are an essential transportation link that connects coastal communities and facilitates the movement of people, goods and services.

Responsible wildlife viewing since 1982 – Jamie’s Whaling Station is the original Whale Tour company in Tofino!

Jamie’s Whaling Station is a company comprised of close to 50 west coast residents during our peak season. Operating since 1982 Jamie’s boasts many firsts for Tofino and the Whale Watching Industry in British Columbia. 

Just minutes from Ganges and the Salt Spring Island Market, Salt Spring Island golf course is a beautiful 9 hole, 3032 yard, par 36 course of gently rolling fairways, water features and old growth forest.

From deep in our mountain spring comes the cleanest, freshest water for our Salt Spring Island Ales. Piped straight from the spring into the brew house, this gorgeous water is combined with organic Canadian two row pale malt and other natural ingredients to create a lineup of distinctly Island-made ales.

Harbour Air was founded in British Columbia in 1982. With two small Dehavilland Beaver seaplanes and a plan to service the forest industry, Harbour Air began by offering private charters to log buyers visiting the coast. With growing success and an increasing demand on both commuting and touring service, the company quickly expanded over the years adding daily, frequently scheduled flights between Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast and Whistler.

Located in the heart of Ganges village, Mouat’s Trading Company is a family firm offering a full array of products in its hardware, houseware, clothing and gift stores.
With its collection of unique, rare and unusual treasures, in addition to its comprehensive selection of products for everyday needs, Mouat’s has something for everybody.
The stores are staffed with local, knowledgeable and lively characters that make for a truly memorable shopping experience.

Dockside Realty is a real estate brokerage with offices on Pender Island, Saturna Island and Victoria, BC. Our agents all live on the islands we serve. Our innovative, industry leading marketing techniques and dedicated team approach to real estate have helped us to become the top selling brokerage on both Pender and Saturna Island. We offer a full range of real estate services, so if you’re looking at buying or selling property, or if you’re looking for an effective and reliable property manager, we’d love to help!
We have served our communities for more than 20 years, and know it better than the back of our hands. More importantly, we have boundless enthusiasm for what we do and where we live!

Penderosa Pizza is a family friendly restaurant located on beautiful Pender Island, BC.  We currently offer pick up at 5827 Schooner Way and delivery on Pender Island.

Renaissance Studio features exclusive handmade designer jewelry, antiques, fine art, collectibles and handmade rugs.

Boat Nook Fishing Charters – come fishing in the comfort of our 29’ SEARAY AMBERJACK in the beautiful sheltered waters of the Gulf Islands.

Medicine Beach Cold Beer and Wine – local and organic beer, spirits, liqueurs, ciders and fine wines

Galiano’s Chef Lisa started her Babes in the Woods Eatery in 2014 and business just took off! She specializes in mouth-watering Pizzas, inventive gourmet main courses, daily Chef specials, homemade soups from local ingredients and great Tapas.

Mayne Island Tours & Charters goal is to provide residents and visitors to Mayne and neighboring islands the experience of becoming close and inmate with the flora and fauna from the ocean perspective.

Welcome to Bodega Ridge Resort, deluxe log-cabin accommodations on BC’s beautiful Galiano Island. Inside your private cabin, you’ll find all the creature comforts of home. Beyond your cedar deck, the wilds of the island beckon.

In 1985, Ben Miltner established Gulf Island Kayaking (now also known as Galiano Kayaks) as an owner-operated company. Based at Montague Harbour Marina next to Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park on beautiful Galiano Island, British Columbia, Gulf Island Kayaking has much to offer: guided kayak tours, both day tours and overnight camping expeditions, kayak rentals, and used kayak and equipment sales.

Galiano Island Soap Works is dedicated to creating healthy skin care products using home grown fresh raw ingredients that are handpicked and hand processed in small batches to ensure high quality additions to our products. Fresh is best!

Sturdies Bay Bakery, a comfy special place in Sturdies Bay to meet with friends every day or to kick back from 7 to 3! Use the FREE WIRELESS INTERNET! Baked daily are: breads • bagels • cakes • squares • cookies.  
We serve freshly ground Galiano Roasted coffee: lattés, mochas, cappuccinos & more! Full cooked breakfasts with local farm fresh eggs.
Homemade soup & a wide variety of hot lunch items. Comfort food! Locally owned Mandala organic teas please call ahead for small or large orders – we’d LOVE to hear from you!

Emagine That! Situated on Galiano Island, B.C. Emagine That! provides top-quality multimedia and print content. Graphic design, illustration, animation, motion graphics.

ART and SOUL CRAFT GALLERY is a long established Craft Store and Art Gallery situated in the Gulf Islands off the west coast of British Columbia on Galiano Island. Art and Soul believes strongly in supporting local artists and craftspeople and strives to collect work from as close to home as possible.  My shop is located at the south end of Galiano in the same complex as the Sturdies Bay Bakery, Babes In The Woods Cafe and Scoops Ice Cream and is within easy walking distance from the Ferry.

Individual Bronze Sponsors

Peter Pare & Lisa Baile

Dubeau Pender Family Construction

Mayne Island Brewery 

Tree Frog

Ron and Margaret MacKenzie

Paul LeBlond and Annette Shaw