Chapter 9 - Southeast Gulf Islands

Tucked between Vancouver Island and the mainland along the Strait of Georgia are the Southeast Gulf Islands – North and South Pender, Saturna, Cabbage, Tumbo, Samuel and Mayne Islands. Parts of these beautiful islands fall within North America’s largest designated marine park, the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. The Southernmost Island, South Pender, is the site of Bedwell Harbour and Poets Cove Resort, Spa & Marina. Their spa features a unique steam cave complete with a cascading waterfall and rock grotto.   Bedwell Harbour is also the site of the popular Beaumont Marine Provincial Park. Connected by a bridge, South and North Pender Islands offer both an idyllic place to rest and relax as well as a playground for the outdoor enthusiast to scuba dive, hike, bike, camp, canoe, kayak, sports fish, and golf. For shoppers, most retail stores (liquor, grocery, pharmacy, gifts) and services are found in Port Browning on the east side of North Pender. Port Browning Marina is also found here along with an onsite pub and cafe.  On the west side of the island, Otter Bay Marina has moorage for vessels of any length. Don't miss their fun theme dinners on Saturday nights.  For wine aficionados, Morning Bay Winery on North Pender and Saturna Island Family Estate Winery on neighboring Saturna Island both offer tours and tastings. Like the rest of the Gulf Islands, a strong arts community thrives here. Art studios and galleries are found on Saturna, Mayne, and North and South Pender Islands.

Port Browning Marina

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Poets Cove Marina

Port Browning Marina

Now in its 39th year, Northwest Boat Travel is a unique cruising guide containing twenty geographically arranged chapters presenting descriptions and useful information about the ports-of-call, anchorages, bays, inlets, waterways, marine parks, marina and resort facilities, fuel docks, services, and things to see and do along coasts and islands of Washington, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska.