Seadrift South Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada
Excerpt from New York Times January 7, 2016 – Southern Gulf Islands #50 on best places to go in 2016. Always blessed with natural beauty, Vancouver has successfully recast itself in recent years as a luxury destination. But as the Canadian city goes upscale, travelers and locals seeking simpler Pacific Northwest charms are increasingly venturing just offshore, to the Southern Gulf Islands. A short ferry ride (as little as an hour) leads to a maze of Pacific islands dotted with small seaside villages, where summers can feel almost Mediterranean. Rocky coast and pebble beaches give way to rolling pastures and forested peaks. Winding roads lead from farms and wineries to cheeseries, breweries and artists’ studios. Each of the nearly dozen major islands has its own character and contrarian island culture, but all offer secluded coves and trails.
Pender Island, known as “the friendly island” is one of the Southern Gulf Islands located in the calm and picturesque waters between Vancouver on the Mainland of British Columbia and Victoria on Vancouver Island. It is blessed with a temperate climate, vast areas of National and Provincial Parks and many accessible beaches with spectacular views which make Pender a great destination all year round.
Pender is approximately 36 sq. kilometers (14 sq. miles) in size with a shoreline of 84 kms (53 miles). North Pender Island has a population of approximately 2000 residents and South Pender, where Seadrift is located, has only 500 people. The two islands are joined by a picturesque single lane wooden bridge. Seadrift is approximately half a kilometer beyond this bridge.
On Pender there is a full service grocery, liquor and drug store (with Pharmacy) as well as other stores and services.
There are several coffee shops, restaurants and pubs and further details are available to you in our own Seadrift Information booklet.