Pender Harbour – Sunshine Coast British Columbia

Pender Harbour


Garden Bay is part of the British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast in an area called Pender Harbour which is on the east side of Malaspina Strait. Wikipedia reports “the harbour is an intricate amalgam of bays and coves that encroach inland for five kilometres and provide over sixty kilometres of shoreline. Once a steamer stop, a fishing village, and an important logging and medical waypoint, ┬áit is now an unincorporated community within the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD).

Pender Harbour’s population is under 3,000, with over 40% of property owners being non-resident (one of them Joni Mitchell, since the early-1970s). Pender Harbour includes the small villages of Madeira Park, Garden Bay, Irvine’s Landing, and Kleindale.

Tourism is an important part of the local economy. The area has an arts community and several annual music festivals. It hosts the second-oldest May Day celebration in British Columbia and the biggest and longest-running downhill longboard race in Canada, Attack of Danger Bay.

Name origin

Named in 1860 by Captain G.H. Richards, RN, after Daniel Pender, RN ( – 1891). Pender arrived on this coast as second master of the survey vessel Plumper, 9 November 1857; served as master of the Plumper and the Hecate; commander of the Beaver (hired from Hudson’s Bay Company for hydrographic work), 1863-70; assistant, Hydrographic Office, London, 1871-84.”