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We can't say enough about the beautiful surroundings, the gorgeous view, and the wonderful hospitality of our hosts, Dieter and...
- Marty and Bobbi
Thank you for inviting us to stay in your beautiful B&B. The room was lovely and the view was gorgeous. The breakfasts were really...
- Sheri & Dan
What a lovely place, home-away-from-home but much, much better! The suite is beautiful, everything we need in the kitchen, very...
- Alison, Alistair, Becky and Rowena
Great breakfast. I loved the salmon, eggs benedict and hot tub! Nice view and wild life are abundant. Would love to come again next...
- Angie, Dominic & Bethany
5 out of 5* Restorative, peaceful & refreshing! We loved our walks to the coast collective, through the woods to Hatley...
- Ralph & Barbie Daly
I am having so much fun! Thank you so much for letting us use the life jackets and the kayaks. The beds are great. Victoria is...
- Alexa (age 8)
What a lovely place! We truly enjoyed our stay here. Thank you for your great hospitality. The food was unbelievable! You made us...
- Joumana, Dan, Andrew and William
Victoria welcomed us off the ferry with a pleasant beautiful day. We saw all the beautiful countryside as we approached Birds of a...
- Teresa & Owen
Thank you for the wonderful B&B experience. We had a relaxing stay and felt right at home in the refreshing atmosphere. We will be...
- Lyndsay & Kevin
We enjoyed our stay here.  Enjoyed the delicious breakfast. Thanks!  We look forward to returning sometime :)
- Brad and Pat

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Discover the Pender Islands by sea

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Birds of a Feather's Zodiac Medline III based in Victoria is available for private charter transport (water taxi) to and from North and South Pender Island and anywhere - including Vancouver - along the west coast of British Columbia. We are also available for marine eco-tour charters, or simply boating the west coast.

North and South Pender Islands are the closest Gulf Islands to Victoria, and hence quite a few of the residents of these islands  commute to Victoria by the BC Ferries intricate inter-island ferry service. Once joined by a peninsula, the Pender Islands (population: 2,400) were separated by a canal for more than 50 years before they were reconnected by a one-lane bridge in 1957. Residents and visitors to these rural islands are scattered along country roads, in houses, farms, resorts and small clutches of cottages. Inland regions are hilly and densely forested and the coastline is dotted with the kind of small, secluded beaches that attract a lot of wildlife. Otters, seals and herons are very common sights.

The vast majority of the population lives on North Pender, which is also where most businesses and services are located. Many artists and artisans call the islands home and their work is widely available through galleries, studios, craft fairs and other community events.

Local arts and crafts are availalbe at the many shops, studios, and private galleries scattered around the Islands. Many artists display their wares in central galleries, one of which is located at Port Washington. Local produce, arts and crafts can be bought at North Pender's popular Farmer's Market, held on Saturdays at the Community Agricultural Hall.

One of the best beaches on the Pender Islands is at Mortimer Spit, close to the canal between the two islands. An isolated spit of lots of sand juts out into Navy Channel. A more popular spot is just north at Hamilton Beach at Port Browning with a pub, marina, cafe, and picnic tables beside the beach. On the far shore, visible from Hamilton, is a sandy strip of beach at Razor Point.

At the very end of South Pender Island, you'll find a small beach park at Gowlland Point Park, certainly the prettiest of all the beaches on the two Penders. A pebble beach slopes down to an indented shoreline. From the beach, you look due south into the San Juan Islands, west across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Hurricane Ridge on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula, and east to Saturna Island's Monarch Head, with Mount Baker rising above the mainland.

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