More Photos of Pender Island
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The Auchtelonie Centre is another important Island centre. Here we have a collection of buildings, our library, the Nu-to-Yu, and the playgroup building.
This is our library. The library is run by a group of volunteers. There are five computers offering internet services and wireless for those who have their own laptaps, they also have a supply of videos to take out on loan. There is a good size meeting room there available for non-profit organizations to book for a small fee.
The Nu-to-Yu is a thrift store that is operated by Pender Island Community Services Society. It is a non-profit organization that collects donations of resellable goods from the community and then gives these funds back to the community. This store is also run by a group of volunteers.
The playgroup is a drop in centre for parents to take their babies, toddlers and preschoolers to meet with other parents and play with other childern. The centre is managed by a board of volunteer parents. A low monthly fee is charged to each family and in exchange that family can use the playgroup facility at anytime. It is ideal for planning play dates with other parents. Members may also book the centre for birthday parties for a very low fee. On Fridays there is a drop-in time for anyone to bring their children to play and meet other parents. The facility is filled with toys and activities, it has a kitchen area and a very generous play area outside.
Right next door to the Achterlonie Centre is the Pender Island United Community Church. This is an interdenominational church. There is no full time paster for this church, speakers are invited each week from different churches and areas to provide the sermon. Traditional hymns are sung here - although the music is traditional you will feel like you are singing in a choir. This church has a weekly bible study class (not available during the summer or holiday seasons). At times there are Sunday School classes during the sermon, you may want to call in advance to confirm there is Sunday School available. The schedule of speakers is published in the Pender Post and local cable station.
Car Stops - Around the Island you will see car stops. Individuals can wait at these stops to indicate they would like a ride from someone. These car stops are scattered throughout the Island. This is a new system for Pender. It started around 2008. The sign explains it all.
We have a lot of wildlife on Pender and quite often within minutes of arriving you will see deer, we have a lot of them. Deer can and will jump out in front of cars especially at dawn and dusk, please drive with caution. Many properties have gates to keep the deer out, at least around their gardens. A couple hours of an open gate can devour years of growing!
The Hope Bay shopping centre is located right on the water. The Hope Bay Cafe is frequented by locals for lunch.