If you live on the Sunshine Coast, we encourage you to explore your community safely and responsibly. For our future visitors and travellers, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Sunshine Coast when the time is right. More information and future travel inspiration here.
If you want to visit a true water-centric community, Pender Harbour is a must.
Travellers from Vancouver take a ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale (Gibsons), and then drive a scenic 50 kilometres northwest on Highway 101. Small communities, including Madeira Park and Garden Bay, form a “horseshoe” around the harbour, and a 5 minute boat ride from one tip to the other could take an hour to drive the whole way around. This unique harbour community is all about the water. Experience the true Pender Harbour Spirit, or just enjoy the 5 freshwater lakes scattered around the ocean harbour.
With fewer than 3000 residents, Pender Harbour offers a surprising array of amenities. Resorts, a golf course, cafes, pubs, shops, and art galleries are scattered around the harbour. Next to Powell River, Pender Harbour boasts more large accommodations than any other community on the Sunshine Coast. It is the resort centre of the region.
You haven’t truly been to Pender Harbour until you see it from the water. The harbour is the vibrant, beating heart of this community. We highly recommend taking advantage of the unique opportunity offered to arrive in this region by personal watercraft, or sit back and relax with a personal tour from SloCat Harbour Tours.
For boaters, there are multiple marinas available in the area, both close to the convenience of the village shops, or in more relaxing locations away from the hustle and bustle.
Enjoy relaxing walks down easy paths, or take more difficult hikes through the area surrounding Pender Harbour. The routes to Pender Hill and up Mount Daniel are popular with experienced hikers, their summits providing spectacular views overlooking the harbour.
Pender Harbour is one of the most popular diving spots on the Sechelt Peninsula. Hire a guide or rent a boat and go exploring around Fearney Bluffs, Nelson Rock, and the Anderson and Charles Islands.
Pender Harbour is well‐known for its salmon fishing. Other fish to be caught here include cod, flounder, and snapper, as well as surface‐feeding trout in many of our freshwater lakes.
Music thrives in the Harbour! The Pender Harbour Blues Festival in June and the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival in August, both feature concerts held in all three local communities – Garden Bay, Madeira Park and Irvines Landing.