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Pender Island BC Community Information

Pender Island BC is more vibrant than ever! There is always something exciting to do or see. Whether it is taking in a show, enjoying an outdoor market or festival, attending a class, or simply hanging out and enjoying the island’s unique culture, it is our community that makes Pender Island special. This is a place to work, live and call home.

If you are currently considering a move to Pender, and have been exploring my Pender Island information, real estate listings and homes for sale, please take a moment to browse through this community information. You will find that Pender has many of the amenities you would expect in a large city, but has the small town community atmosphere that you just can’t find in urban centres.

Essential Services:

Pender Island Police, Ambulance and Fire services are all served by the Emergency 911 System. Emergency medical transport is available via helicopter, from the pad on North Pender.

Pender Island BC has excellent medical facilities, most of which operate out of the Health Care Centre located on North Pender:

Family Doctors Home-care Services
Dentist Physiotherapy
Ambulance Massage Therapy
Community Nurses Optometrist

In addition to the core services operated out of the Health Centre, we also enjoy a wide variety of alternative/complementary therapies, including:

Chiropractic Clinic Acupuncture
Reiki & Shiatsu Music Therapy

Headquartered on North Pender Island, the Outer Gulf Islands RCMP detachment serves North and South Pender, Galiano, Mayne, and Saturna Islands. The Pender Island BC office is staffed by 2 full-time officers.

North and South Pender each have their own hardworking volunteer fire departments. There are two fire halls on North Pender, and one on South Pender. School & Library:

Pender Island Elementary houses Kindergarten through Grade 7. High School students go to Salt Spring Island by daily water taxi. The Pender Island Library is open 4 days a week, and offers an extensive selection of books and periodicals.

Shopping & Other Services:

The Islands’ main shopping area is the Driftwood Centre, located on North Pender. There you will find:

Supermarket Liquor store
Cable Office Gift & Clothing Store
Pharmacy Insurance Office
Bookstore Gym
Bank Flower Shop
Hair Salon Post Office

More shopping and services are located at Hope Bay, also on the north island:

Dockside Realty (Howard’s office) Hair Salon
Artists Gallery Office Supplies and Stationery
Home Décor Music Studio
Goldsmith Fish & Seafood (in season)

Elsewhere on the Island are food/produce markets, a hardware store, nursery, and the local Thrift Shop, Nu-To-Yu, open Friday and Saturday. Pender Island’s Farmers’ Market at The Community Hall is open from April thru October, and is a great source of local produce and crafts.


St. Peter’s Anglican Church

Chapel of Saint Teresa Roman Catholic Church

Pender Island United Community Church (Inter-Denominational)

Church of the Good Shepherd

Community Groups & Activities:

Wondering what there is to do besides commune with nature and soak up the peace and quiet? There are so many things to do, I couldn’t list them all here, but these should get you started!

Art & Theatre Societies Martial Arts, Tai Chi & Yoga
Shop Guild Yacht & Sailing Clubs
Choral & Music Groups Field Naturalists
Highland Pipe Band Frisbee Golf, Golf, Tennis & Swimming
Running & Walking Groups Conservation Society
Farmers’ Institute Sports Teams & Leagues
Fitness & Dance Classes Craft Groups
Garden Club Unlimited volunteer opportunities
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