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Pender Island Beaches

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Pender Island Beaches

One of the best things about "the Penders" is the wonderful selection of accessible beaches. I'm talking about rocky beachcombing beaches with interesting rock formations and tide pools. Our favourite is probably Higgs Beach to Brooks Point. Here's a good description from penderislandrealty.com/beachcombing.html

"Access from the end of Higgs Road or Brooks Pt Reserve. Road parking. Best time of year: Tides below 1 m. Note. Be careful climbing over the often slippery conglomerate boulders dividing the beach.

The beach is often very quiet, and if you time the tide right, you can walk right through from Higgs Rd to Brooks Pt. Be sure to check the tallest trees in Drummond Bay for Bald eagles. Look for the tide pools on this side of Brooks Pt. In the third yard from the Higgs Rd access, look for various pieces of driftwood furniture. Closer to Brooks Pt you will pass an old boat shed four feet above the beach perched on the edge of a stone wall. The shed doors are always open and inside a chess board sits atop a table, the pieces all in their proper place awaiting the next game. "

Another good source of beach and park info and maps is:


But if you're going to visit N or S Pender for more than a few days, you MUST get "The Pender Island Handbook".


This book has it all and will make you want to spend weeks exploring the Islands.

Now if only it took less than a 2.5 hour ferry ride from Tsawwassen... but I guess that's part of the appeal.

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There's a great Farmer's Market on Pender-the big one on a nearby island gets all the press but the Pender Island Farmers Market is a top notch operation full of quality offerings-a Must See.

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"Now if only it took less than a 2.5 hour ferry ride from Tsawwassen... but I guess that's part of the appeal."

Yup, that would be it!

If BCF decides to get rid of Route 9, it might be even more interesting getting to Pender and the other SGI.

Surprisingly, I find that many Vancouverites and residents of the Lower Mainland are not at all familiar with the Southern Gulf Islands,other than SaltSpring. Sssshhhhhh.......

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My favourite Pender Island Beach will not be found so easily or readily.

Drive down to the end of Shingle Bay and instead of walking up to Roe Lake continue going straight along the old logging road that is now no more than a path.

When you get to the top of path and views of Salt Spring are seen to your centre/left you have the choice to continue going on along to meet up with the road (Private Property) or head down the trail to the ocean.

If you head down you will come to cliffs,but walk along and you will end up at the old Cannery.

The beaches here are protected,private and stunningly beautiful,albeit not very big.The land is also private but the old orchard apple trees are still producing and the vistas here are superb.

Alternatively,if you have mobility issues you can just drive down to Medicine Beach or Browning Harbour beaches or the beach at Bedwell,now Poet's cove.

One of the nicest places to view Saturna and Mt. Washington is at the end of Gowlland Point Road .The beach is also interesting when the tide is lower.

Pender Island is blessed with conservation minded citizens and the island has a plethora of public beach access opportunities.

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