Photos from around Pender Island
Please enjoy seeing some of the sites around Pender...
Pender Island includes both North Pender and South Pender Island.
These two Islands are separated with a small canal and bridge.
North Pender has a many different areas usually referred to by their location, common areas you will hear of are Magic Lake, Buck Lake, Port Wash, Hope Bay, Browning, The Driftwood, Razor Point, Stanley Point, Shingle Bay, Trincomali etc. There are many and these ones are probably some of the most common.
Trincomali is a beautiful area and really is it's own little community. The roads are narrow and you can see the ocean from most streets.
Poets Cove at Bedwell Harbour on South Pender can be seen across the way. There is also a beach access at this corner - there is a lot of beaches in this tiny neighbourhood. To get to Trincomali you follow Pirates Road from the Magic Lake area. There is a long stretch of isolated road before you reach this community. When you arrive one of the first things you will see is their water centre.
All the Gulf Islands practice water conservation.
The Trincomali area has their own water system wiht their own rules.
Many of the waterfront homes on Pender are highbank oceanfront. Quite often these properties have spectacular views but have no access to the ocean from their property. Trincomali has both highbank and low bank oceanfront properties. These pictures show highbank oceanfront.
Trincomali also has it's own Art's Council. With a unique sense of humour this bus stop has been in the area for years.
The Magic Lake area is the most populated area. This development started several decades ago. The majority of properties are about a half acre, some smaller and some larger. Only a few properties are on the lake itself, many are in the surrounding area. Magic Lake Estates is on the Magic Lake water system. Some properties have septic and some are on the Magic Lake sewage system. Water meters have been installed in the last year. Magic Lake property owners pay an annual water or water/sewage bill to maintain the system. Currently we are not charged directly for consumption but with meters in place it is likely that this will happen in the future.
Here are some pictures of Magic Lake. It is not a large lake you can see all sides of this lake.
The swimming hole at Magic Lake which can be accessed from Pirates Road.
The swimming hole is marked with this post on Pirates Road, you need to drive slow to catch it.
The only washroom provided is this outhouse locating in the parking area for the swimming hole.
Buck Lake is also in Magic Lake Estates. Buck Lake is smaller than Magic Lake and it is only open to the residents who live on the lake. There is no public access. This lake is considered a water supply so dogs and motor boats are not permitted. It is a great lake to swim in and there are some fish in this lake, populated by the property owners.
Magic Lake Estates Property owners have a few other benefits aside from , affordability, lake front properties and a water system - They also have a tennis court and a marina. The Marina is located at Thieves Bay. It offers special morage rates for property owners who are members of the Magic Lake Property Owners Society. There usually is a waiting list to get a spot in this marina.
Here is the Magic Lake tennis courts.
Next to the tennis courts is a children's playground.