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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > Pender Harbour

Pender Harbour
Pender Harbour (Madeira Park) is located at the north-west end of the Sechelt Peninsula 31 km (19 miles) north of Sechelt, 54 km (34 miles) north of Gibsons on Hwy 101 and around 20 km (13 miles) south of Egmont.

Large Protected Harbour
When most people talk about Pender Harbour they are referring to four small communities called, Garden Bay, Irvine's Landing, Kleindale and Madeira Park. These four settlements are situated around a large deep and protected harbour called Pender Harbour which contains roughly 166 km (103 miles) of shoreline.

Madeira Park
Named after the Madeira Islands off the coast of Morocco, Madeira Park is the main commercial centre of Pender Harbour. The community is situated on the south-east side of Pender Harbour located off Hwy 101 by 5 km (3 miles).

Madeira Marina
At Madeira Park you can find a post office, liquor outlet, grocery store, veterinary clinic, elementary school, Pender Harbour Legion and the Pender Harbour Health Centre. There is also access to the Madeira Marina where you can find fuel, moorage, mechanics and marine hardware.

If you happen to be boating into Pender Harbour, Madeira Park has the largest of the three government-docking facilities plus various boat launches. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans also has an office here if you need help with the local fishing regulations or safety matters.

When you are travelling north on Hwy 101, the next small community past Madeira Park is Kleindale. Here you'll find the industrial part of the area, storage yard, recycle depot, Petro-Canada Service Station and a great little mom & pop café called the 'Cross Road Grill.' Situated at Petro-Canada, you'll find the turnoff for Garden Bay and Irvine's Landing.

Garden Bay Lake
Just before you come to Garden Bay, the road will take you past Garden Bay Lake - a great site for some trout fishing, canoeing or swimming. Nearby Katherine Lake has a rustic camping site plus hiking trails to another swimming lake called Mixal Lake.

Garden Bay Hotel and Marina
Located on the north-east side of Pender Harbour, directly across from Madeira Park is Garden Bay. This is where you'll find called the Garden Bay Hotel and Marina which was established in 1932. In the hotel you can also find one of the local marine pubs that sometimes feature local Blues artists and Sunday jam sessions.

The Pilothouse Marina
For another marina in Garden Bay look for the Pilothouse Marina which has capacity of 427 metres (1,400 feet) of moorage for vessels up to 36 metres (120 feet) long. The Pilothouse Marina has other accommodation including waterfront cabins and some RV campsites.

Irvine's Landing
Irvine's Landing was first established in 1880 is situated at the entrance to Pender Harbour. What you can find at Irvine's Landing is a government wharf, unfortunately the Irvine's Landing Marine Resort is now closed and recently put up for sale. Nearby to Irvine's is Hotel Lake where you can find some swimming and trout fishing.

Pender Harbour May Day
The main festival for family fun is the annual Pender Harbour May Day. This event features a parade, a fly-over, fun games for the kids, live entertainment, musicians, a beer garden, a craft fair, food kiosks, plus an excellent salmon barbeque. In the evening, the always-entertaining Pender Harbour May Day dance takes place.

Pender Harbour Jazz Festival
If you enjoy jazz, there is the yearly Pender Harbour Jazz Festival held on the 3rd weekend in September. The festival brings together local artists plus top performers from around the world and makes for a very entertaining weekend.

Pender Harbour Blues Society
Blues music is also very popular in Pender Harbour with an annual blues festival in May arranged by the Pender Harbour Blues Society.

Garden Bay Marine Park
If you are interested in hiking, there is a favourite hike located in Garden Bay Marine Park where you can go to the top of Mount Daniel. The steep hike is 4 km (2.5 miles) long for the most incredible view of Pender Harbour. Go down Garden Bay Road then, just past Garden Bay Lake, look for Claydon Road for access to the park.

Francis Point Marine Park
For hikes near Madeira Park, try going to Francis Point Marine Park. Here you can find a beautiful oceanside hike to the southern viewpoint and light beacon off Francis Point. Take Francis Peninsula Road to Merrill Road for the start of the trail.

Scuba Diving
For scuba divers the areas found around Pender Harbour are excellent. Two favourites close by are located off Francis Peninsula in Francis Point Marine Park. One is off Moore Point on the north side; the other is off Francis Point to the south.

RV Sites
Full service RV sites can be found at the Fisherman's Resort and Marina, Pender Harbour Resort, Silver Sands Resort and Sunshine Coast Resort. There is also an RV at Katherine Lake that is a popular swimming hole. As well there is a primitive rustic forestry campsite situated at Klein Lake just 5 km (3 miles) south-east of Egmont.

Sakinaw Lake
Coming north from Pender Harbour on Hwy 101 before you arrive at Earl's Cove you will come to Sakinaw Lake. Sakinaw is quite big and, at one time, was full of controversy when BC Hydro built a 500 KV transmission line across to Nelson Island eventually completing the crossing to Dunsmuir on Vancouver Island. Just past Sakinaw Lake going north on Hwy 101 is Ruby Lake.

Ruby Lake
Ruby Lake is a beautiful lake that as it evolved a thin layer of salt water was left over from when it joined the ocean. What was created was a very unique eco-system especially for birds habitant along the lake and within a Nature Reserve. For a better understanding you can visit the Iris Griffith Interpretive Centre located off Hwy 101.

Ruby Lake Resort
If you would like to stay at Ruby Lake there is the Ruby Lake Resort which has very nice cabins set out next to the forest and lake.

Dan Bosch Regional Park
Look for the Dan Bosch Regional Park when at Ruby Lake where you can find a nice sandy beach for some great swimming.

Suncoaster Trail
Starting at Dan Bosch Regional Park is an excellent mountain bike trail that you can take to Klein Lake. The trail eventually hooks up with the famous Suncoaster Trail a 33 km (20-mile) mountain bike trail that has some lovely views of Ruby and Sakinaw Lakes.

Allow Time
If you happen to be driving up from Vancouver and are planning on staying at Pender Harbour allow yourself lots of time. Although Pender Harbour is only 64 km (40 miles) from the Langdale Ferry terminal there is a lot to see whole travelling north on Hwy 101. The scenery is quite beautiful plus there is sightseeing and shopping opportunities at both Gibson's Landing and Sechelt.

Information on Pender Harbour




Map of Pender Harbour
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Madeira Park Marina
Madeira Park Harbour


Madeira Marina
Madeira Marina


Garden Bay Lake
Garden Bay Lake


Garden Bay Hotel and Marina
Garden Bay Hotel and Marina


Garden Bay
Garden Bay


Pender Harbour Jazz Festival
Pender Harbour Jazz Festival


Madeira Park
Madeira Park


View from Texada Island
View from Texada Island


Looking Towards Madeira Park
Looking towards Madeira Park


Nature Reserve Ruby Lake
Nature Reserve Ruby Lake

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