The Harbour penetrates over three miles inland, and its complexity of inlets and other dents gives it a total of 103 miles of shoreline. Until very recently, most travel was on the waterways rather than the twisting roads, giving the area its name of the "Venice of the North."

The term Pender Harbour refers to a scattered community of settlements - Madeira Park, Beaver Island, Garden Bay, Irvines Landing - centered around the waters of Pender Harbour itself. To the north are Earl's Cove, Egmont,



What to do at Pender Harbour

Known as "The Venice of the North", the Pender Harbour area is a complex maze of islands, coves, lakes and reefs that can cause directional confusion even among the residents . It is one of the most beautiful places to visit on the coast.

board walk at Maderia Park Pender Harbour cottage views

Annual Events

April Tools Wooden Boat Challenge - Madeira Park, April 24
Annual Wood Duck Wilderness Festival - Ruby Lake, May 2
Malaspina Regatta - July TBA
Midsummer Festival - August TBA Lions Club Park, Pender
Pender Hospital Bay Days - August 19-21, Garden Bay
Pender Harbour Jazz Festival - Pender Harbour, Sept. 18-20


Relaxation ~ Local Spa's
  • Painted Boat Resort & Spa -
  • Only a 5 minute walk to this luxury Spa from our cottage. The Painted Boat also offers excellent dining.
  • In Touch Therapeutics
    • Reg. Massage Therapist & Nia Technique Classes
    • at Ruby Lake Resort
    • Phone: 604-883-9991
  • UMA Day Spa & Yoga Studio
    • Esthetics, yoga, massage
    • 4982 Gonzales Rd, Madiera Park
    • Phone: 604-883-0765
~Local Artists & Gallaries ~
  • Copper Sky Gallery & Cafe

    Gallery space featuring local and BC artists and artisans.

    All day breakfast, homemade soups, salads & custom sandwiches.

    12904 Madeira Park Village

    Phone: 604-883-0098

  • Pender Harbour Cultural Centre
    • Pender Harbour area artists: painting, stained glass & jewelry.
    • From July 1st to Labour Day Weekend open daily 11am TO 4pm.
    • Cultural Centre in Madeira Park by the Gov't Docks.
  • The Flying Anvil
    • Work by over 60 local artists and artisans.
    • 6013 Garden Bay Road
    • Phone: 604-883-3660
  • Motoko's Original Art
    • Known for her versatility and her exquisite use of
    • vibrant colour in watercolour, acrylic and multi-media.
    • Call for an appointment or visit Saturday & Sunday noon to 5:00pm.
    • 4590 Sinclair Bay Road, Garden Bay
    • Phone: 604-883-9472
    • Website:
  • Coast Cultural Alliance


Boat Tours & Charters

High Tide Tours and Water Taxi

  • Princess Louisa Inlet, Chatterbox Falls, Hotham Sound
  • and Skookumchuck Tidal Rapids.
  • Egmont Marina
  • Phone: 604-883-9220
  • Website:

Slo Cat Tours
  • View beautiful Pender Harbour from the water. (90min. tours, $10 to $20)
  • Madeira Park Government Dock
  • Phone: 604-741-3796
FISHING - Pender Harbour Charters
  • Salt water fishing, wildlife viewing, prawn feasts and local legends!
  • Phone: 604-741 3683
  • Website: Gulf Rascal Charters

Sunshine Coast Tours

    • See the world-renowned Princess Louisa Inlet and
    • Visit Chatterbox Falls
    • Egmont Village
    • Phone: Toll free 1-800-870-9055
    • Website: Sunshine Coast Tours

Malaspina Water Taxi

  • Tours of Pender Harbour, famous Jedediah Island and many others!
  • Madeira Park Government Dock
  • Phone: 604-740-2486
Out-Door Adventures
  • Ruby Lake Lagoon Nature Reserve
    • A 20 acre lagoon and forested natural habitat and wildlife reserve.
    • 15386 Hwy 101 (1KM south of Ruby Lake)
    • Phone: 604-741-7639
    • Website:
  • Talaysay Tours - Kayaking and Cultural Adventures
    • Rentals and Tours with anthropologist Candace Campo (Xets'emits'a)
    • Phone: 1-800-605-4643
    • Website:
  • Half Moon Sea Kayaks
    • Outfitters & Coastal Adventures - Tours and Rentals!
    • Phone: 604-885-2948
    • Website: Half Moon Sea Kayaks
  • ALPHA Adventures - Kayak/Canoe Rentals
    • Rentals, Lessons and Guided Tours
    • On the Docks at Garden Bay Hotel & Marina (in summer)
    • 1057 Roberts Creek Road, Roberts Creek (year round)
    • Phone: 604-885-8838
    • Website: ALPHA Adventures
  • Lodestar Discovery Tours

    Small Personalized Sightseeing Tours & Walks.

    Phone: 604-741-5292


email : - please send an email detailing your preferred dates or alternatively

please call us on : tel 1-604 885 5494 or fax 1 - 604 885 9980 and we will contact you back with current availability.

Thank you for viewing Shores Cottage.




~ Activities ~

Established in June of 1986, this 9 hole course was built with a unique combination of flat and hilly fairways. Water hazards are scattered throughout to add to the challenge of the game. The fairways are fairly tight, with elevated greens and tees that enable you to take in every great view of the surrounding mountains and scenery that is common to the entire area.

The 4th hole is the most challenging at Pender Harbour, where you drive 200 yards uphill and a further 200 yards downhill to the green.

Weather permitting, the course is open year round.

Alternative Courses on the Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club


Sechelt Golf & Country Club
Horseback Riding
The Malaspina Ranch in Pender Harbour offers Horseback Riding trips throughout the year. Sturdy trail horses take riders of all levels to mountainous elevations of up to 1,800 feet. From these heights, equestrians get spectacular views of the ocean, the Caren Mountain Range, Mount Daniel and Pender Harbour. Excursions last up to about 2 hours at a walk, trot or canter. Rates: $50 per person. To book a trail ride at Malaspina Ranch, please call 604-883-1126.

SCUBA Diving

The BC Sunshine Coast is rated one of the world's top places for cold water recreational diving! The waters offer incredible visibility year round, crystal clean unpolluted waters, colourful and abundant marine life, all weather diving with sheltered waters, dive sites for all levels of diving experience, shore and boat dives, and the HMCS Chaudire Artificial Reef Site.



Georgia Strait Side:

  • White Islets: large barren rocks whose underside are covered with sea life and resident octopus, often seals and sea lions for dive buddies
  • Trail Islands: easy wall dives, octopus, beautiful underwater gardens
  • Agamemnon Channel: pristine waters, deeps walls with gorgonian red corals

Sechelt Inlet Side:

  • Skookumchuk Narrows: most sought after drift dive on the coast, abundant sea life due to high tidal exchange. This dive only available during slack tides
  • Tzoonie Narrows: almost always diveable, similar to Skookumchuk
  • HMS Chaudiere: artificial reef, 350' destroyer sunk in 1992, approaching 10 years of marine growth, huge resident ling cods (see web site on our links)
  • Carlson Point: deeps walls and ledges, known for nudibranchs, octopus and wolf eel
  • Piper Point: wall dive, huge plumose anemones, octopus and wolf eel
  • Power Lines: deeps walls and ledges, beautiful dive, octopus, wolf eel, cloud sponges and a number of six:gill shark sightings (unknown before)


  • Trail Bay: off beach in front of Sechelt, treasure hunt for antique bottles, china and general collectibles from Union Steamship Dock days, fun and easy
  • Coopers Green: easy entry, diver friendly park, lots of nudibranch, wolf eel, anemones and resident octopus
  • Martin's Cove: secluded cove with deep wall, beautiful sea life with wolf eel, octopus and nudibranchs
  • Tuwanek: small island close to shore, mix of walls and small reefs, wolf eels, lots of anemones and sea life


General Information
  • Health Centre
    • Physicians; Nursing Services; Dentistry; Physiotherapy;
    • Lab Services; Alcoholics Anonymous
    • 5066 Francis Peninsula Rd (@ Hwy 101)
    • Phone: 604-883-2764
Local Shops
  • Oak Tree Market
    • Great Butchers and Video Rentals!
    • 12875 Madeira Park Rd
    • Phone: 604-883-2411
    • Open 8AM - 9PM Mon. to Sat.; 9AM - 8PM Sunday
  • Madeira Park Shopping Centre
    • IGA Market Place; Liquour Store; Pharmacy;
    • Sunshine Coast Credit Union & ATM; Post Office
    • Gift, Clothing, Book, Antique and Thrift Shops;
    • Coffee/Internet Cafes; Real Estate/Insurance Offices
  • Fish & Chips Friday at the Legion - non-members welcome!
    When - fridays 5.00pm - 8.00pm
    WhereRoyal Canadian Legion Branch 112, Lillies Lake Road, Madeira Park, BC V0N 2H0, Canada (map)
    DescriptionOpen to the public. Non-members welcome!
    • Crossroads Services (Garden Bay Turnoff)
    • PetroCan Service Station & Convenience Store
    • Marine and Automotive Parts & Supplies
    • Equipment and Diesel Repair
    • Computer Services
    • Crossroads Grill
  • laVern's Grill - 4326 Garden Bay RoadGarden BayBritish ColumbiaCanada 604-883-1333

tel: 604 883 9013


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