Pender Harbour, BC, Canada
Sunshine Coast, British Columbia
Pender Harbour, BC is located on the upper half of the lower section of the Sunshine Coast, just south of the Earl's Cove BC Ferry Terminal and north of Gibsons. The three oceanside communities of Madeira Park, Garden Bay and Irvines Bay plus the surrounding lakes, ocean coastlines, islets, islands and looming mountains... combine to create Pender Harbour.
The Pender Harbour marine parks, the lakes, the waterways and the landscape attracts the kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing and scuba diving enthusiasts to the area. The local mountains and lakes create some great hiking and walking adventures like trekking though protected old growth forests, up mountains to beautiful views of the marine landscape, exploring along creeks witnessing Salmon spawning plus... nearby, there is an opportunity to observe one of nature's wonders at one of BC's famous waterfalls.
Near Pender Harbour, is Mount Daniel which is also referred to as "Kwiss Cham" by the local Sechelt First Nation people. It was this peak, "Kwiss Cham", that young maidens made their ceremonial puberty rituals celebrating a "rite of passage".
History also tells us the Sechelt Fist Nation people used Pender Hill as a look out for scouting out any threats that could be coming around the corner into the harbour. The area was said to be "THE" look out point because it gave a better perspective of the "comings and goings" of Pender Harbour.
In the immediate Pender Harbour area there are trails, beaches, oceans and lakes to explore like Francis Point Park, Garden Bay Park and Katherine Lake Park. Staying in the Pender Harbour area is close to many outdoor activities and attractions.
The Skookumchuck Narrows is a very popular destination to discover on foot or by kayak. In Egmont, BC., a short drive away, the trail is an easy grade round trip 8 km ( 5 mi.) hiking trail leading to some prime viewing areas of raging rapids and, maybe, the odd kayaker taking nature head on.