Summer 2017 Student Job Opportunity!
Come help us promote, preserve, and present Pender Harbour's heritage this summer! We're looking for a student to who would enjoy a fun, creative, and history-focused job at the Sarah Wray Hall in Garden Bay. Open to secondary or post-secondary students returning to school in September 2017. Read all the details and sharpen up your resume!
April Tools: April 29, 2017
A floating picnic on a rainy day? Only in Pender Harbour! This year's winner is the Fireflies! Our local volunteer firefighter team gained back the top spot, though they had some stiff competition from last year's winners the Gunboat Bay Challengers, who were right on their tail in both heats. And a close third goes to the Ace-It Carpentry team. More photos!
Pender Harbour Days: July 7-9, 2017
On Sunday is our popular Heritage Talk, including stories from locals and experts about Pender Harbour's history. This year's talk will be about Pender Harbour's Commercial Fishing Boat flags, featuring an amazing collection of flags recently donated to the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society.
We will also be raffling off a handmade cedar-strip canoe made in our heritage boatbuilding class. Tickets will be available for sale starting April 29 (April Tools).
Fundraiser for Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society
Shelley Stunell is a Canadian international artist who also teaches the popular art classes at Sarah Wray Hall. She has generously donated fifty signed and numbered prints of her recent painting: “The Little Schoolhouse”. These colourful prints are 12” x 16” wide and are available for $60. This is a great way to shop for someone special.
Please contact us to arrange for pickup. All proceeds benefit the projects of Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society.
New building at Pender Harbour Living Heritage Centre Property
We are currently fundraising for the renovation of a "new" auxiliary building to be be used for our popular traditional boatbuilding classes as well as much needed storage. Immediate needs are power, siding, roof and doors. The colour scheme will match the main Sarah Wray Hall building.
YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!
Tax receipts are available for donations over $20. Please get in touch to donate, or come to one of our upcoming events!
Heritage Signs in Pender Harbour
A project is underway to mark the trails and pathways of Pender Harbour with directional and interpretive signage. Initiated by the Pender Harbour Hikers, the signage project is funded by a grant from the Sunshine Coast Community Forest Legacy Fund made through the Pender Harbour Advisory Council. Continue reading...
Pender Harbour's Maritime History
Pender Harbour’s protected waters are fringed by an intricate shoreline. The names of the many coves and inlets hint of a colourful history: Whiskey Slough, Gunboat Narrows, Hospital Bay. In this unique place, pioneers lived at the water’s edge, always mindful of the great ocean that gave their home its life and meaning.
Until a road connected Pender Harbour to Sechelt in 1936, travel was mainly by water. Boats of all kinds visited harbour shores – dugout canoes, fishing boats, steamships, mission boats, forestry boats, school boat ferries, work boats, pleasure boats. Read more about Pender Harbour's Maritime Heritage
Book Sarah Wray Heritage Hall
for your next event!
Rent this recently refurbished one-room schoolhouse. Capacity of 50 people, full kitchen, 2 bathrooms, wheelchair accessible, tables, chairs available. For more details, see our availability calendar
and view our photo gallery.
News from the
We maintain a rapidly-growing collection of items documenting the history of the Pender Harbour area from the late 1800s to the present. The collection contains artifacts, photographs, maps, drawings and other records. Please browse our archives and let us know if you can fill in any blanks.
Can you identify anyone in these photos?
(Click the images to view the larger size in our database, and then "send us feedback" on the photo page to identify people, places, and things.)
Pender Harbour history in a book
Women of Pender Harbour:
Their Voices, Their History
In this award-winning hardcover book, Pender Harbour is presented through the eyes of early women settlers. The historical narrative is augmented with over 200 historical photographs, biographical profiles, timeline and genealogies. Produced by the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society, all proceeds go towards preserving Pender Harbour's history.
The book is available for purchase at locations in BC and by mail order. Read more...
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