After spending several nights in Pender Harbour and making the rounds by dinghy, we are happy to report that boaters now have more options for transient moorage.
What’s New in Pender Harbour?
The Coho Marina & RV Resort in Gerrans Bay recently installed new docks and now offers transient guest moorage in unoccupied slips (maximum boat size of 40 feet).
New docks at Coho Marina in Gerrans Bay, Pender Harbour.
The marina has the advantage of being next door to Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina, where you can enjoy meals prepared by a world-class chef at the Lagoon Restaurant. It’s a fine dining opportunity not to be missed.
Motoring across Pender Harbour to the north shore, we found that Pender Harbour Resort & Marina (formerly Duncan Resort) has installed all new docks in a new configuration, increasing their number of slips. Transient guest moorage is available in unoccupied slips with a maximum boat size of 50 feet. This marina is an excellent option for families, with a swimming pool located on the property.
New docks accommodate more boats at Pender Harbour Resort & Marina.
Other Stops in Pender Harbour
John Henry’s Resort & Marina in Hospital Bay continues to be a popular stop, offering a nice grocery/gift store and operates the only fuel dock in Pender Harbour. Other options for boaters include the Harbour Authority docks at the Madiera Park basin, where you can walk to two nearby grocery stores for major provisioning. The Harbour Authority also governs two additional public docks in Pender Harbour; the Whiskey Slough Public Wharf in Gerrans Bay, and the Hospital Bay Public Wharf located across from John Henry’s fuel dock. Harbour Authority docks are first-come, first-served.
Take the Dinghy Out!
We found other smaller changes of interest in Pender Harbour and enjoyed touring the various coves, nooks, and crannies in beautiful Pender Harbour. The Harbour is an excellent place to tour by dinghy or kayak. You’ll find that each cove within Pender Harbour has a character all its own.
An old net shed in Gerrans Bay.
Viewing the homes, houseboats, net sheds, wharves, and marinas is like traveling through the generations; it becomes clear that Pender Harbour has changed significantly over the years, modern homes are interspersed with older properties dating back to the early 1900’s. Exploring by dinghy, picking up groceries by dinghy, and going out to dinner by dinghy is all part of the fun in Pender Harbour.
~Leonard and Lorena Landon