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.