DescriptionPart of the Gulf Islands , the Penders, consisting of North and South Pender islands, are connected by a one-lane wooden bridge that spans the canal linking Bedwell and Browning harbors. An archeological dig conducted at the time the bridge was built found evidence of island occupation dating back 4,000 years. The Pender Islands Museum, set on national park lands at Roseland, offers an overview of area history on Saturday and Sunday 10-4 in July and August; Saturday and Sunday 1-4, Easter weekend-Thanksgiving weekend. Phone (250) 629-6935.
The island's 20 public ocean access points and many coves allow ample opportunities for swimming and picnicking. Hiking, boating, fishing, golfing, bicycling, kayaking and scuba diving are other available recreational activities. Camping is available at Prior Centennial Campground in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve from May 15-Sept. 30. Roadside stands offer locally grown produce. The view from the summit of Mount Norman, part of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, is worth the climb.