Sure, it’s often thought of as more of a summer destination spot, but Pender Island is definitely a picturesque place in the winter as well.
Size-wise, the island measures about 34 square kilometres and is home to about 2,250 permanent residents, as well as a large seasonal population.
And when that season shifts to winter, then Pender shows off a different side of its beauty.
Where is it?
Pender Island lies between Vancouver, BC and Victoria BC. It consists of two islands, North Pender and South Pender, which are separated by a narrow canal connected by a one-lane bridge.
How do you get there?
Pender Island is a 2-hour ferry ride from Vancouver and a 40-minute ferry ride from Sidney, BC. There are also scheduled seaplane and water taxi services.
While it may look small on paper, Pender makes a great getaway any time of year.
From friendly locals, to cool little shops, to trails just waiting to be explored, there’s no shortage of things to do.
You can also visit a Christmas market on island this December, courtesy of John Henry’s Marina & Resort in Garden Bay.
All in all, Pender Island is a Beautiful BC destination – no matter what time of year you choose to check it out.