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1. Dog Mermaid Eco Excursionst

Life is downright serene when you’re dipping a paddle into the Salish Sea, following kayak guru Kye Nahanni past seals sunning themselves on rocky outcrops. Tour options range from two-hour to multi-day excursions and are customizable, with add-ons like yoga, gourmet picnics and vineyard stops. Or rent one of their boats or stand-up paddleboards and explore for yourself. Either way, you may spy eagles or playful dolphins on your day out.

2. Twin Island Cider

Step into this cidery’s tiny orchard-side tasting room, crafted from reclaimed wood and windows, to sip naturally fermented ciders pressed from heirloom apples and pears. Run by Katie Selbee and Matthew Vasilev, the operation relies on the wild yeast that lives on the fruit skins and in the air for the fermenting – giving each batch a true taste of Pender. The floral, semi-sweet, pear-based Forage Fine Perry is a standout.

Woods on Pender

3. Woods on Pender

Check into a sleek Airstream trailer – or a rustic cabin, or a modern motel room – at this camp-vibes resort, located beneath towering firs and alders within 10 minutes of the Otter Bay Ferry Terminal. Owner and chef Curtis Redel visited Pender in 2014 and snapped up the 7.3-acre site bordering Prior Centennial Campground. Get ready for glamping at its finest: Starry nights and roaring campfires mix with particularly decadent touches like private hot tubs and plush robes. At Coffee + Kitchen, the resort’s laid-back restaurant, feast on dishes that combine the philosophies of Redel’s naturopathic mother and his own classic French training, like herb-loaded chicken soup and brioche cinnamon buns.

4. Slow Coast Coffee

Whipping up tasty, healthy food is chef Alison Feargrieve’s MO at the organic café she runs with her partner, Rob McCallum, in a refurbished trailer. Made-from-scratch fare caters to all dietary needs – and crowds flock for the coffee, Sunday music jams and killer carrot cake. Order a supersize Seedy Teff cookie and homemade chai and admire the local art on display, then take in the views over Bedwell Harbour from the deck.

5. Golf Island Disc Park

Swap your clubs for Frisbees and join the legions who ferry to Pender from all around the world just to play this free, 27-hole, volunteer-maintained disc-golf course. Adored by beginners and top throwers alike, the world-class course meanders through mossy forest and up rocky hills and is played year-round. Bring your own discs or buy some at nearby locations such as Pender Island Pharmacy and Driftwood Auto & Marine Centre.


Kye Nahanni of Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions shares three Spots to see wildlife

With orcas coming surprisingly close to rub their backs on the rocks, Thieves Bay is a sweet site to wildlife-watch, picnic and take in the sunset.

Feeding circles bring all the marine life to the yard at Gowlland Point, where you may see whales, porpoises, seals and otters.

Hang out for hours watching industrious beavers hard at work building dams at Roe Lake — and hike the area’s trails while you’re at it.