Sarah Wray open Weekends This Summer
The Sarah Wray Heritage Centre at 4334 Irvines Landing Rd. will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am - 4 pm and some weekday afternoons during the summer displaying various historic documents and artifacts. Stop by and read our extensive collection of Harbour Spiels, see photos of the Pender Harbour area, and find out about its history as a fishing and logging community. For open times during the week, keep an eye on our Facebook page.
Fall 2016 Art Classes with Shelley Stunnell
Explore your creativity with art instructor Shelley Stunell this September and October in a range of classes including Pencil Drawing and Perspective, and Painting.
Register early! Maximum class size of 20. Monday and Wednesday afternoons at Sarah Wray Hall.
Pender Harbour Days
Canoe Raffle at Pender Harbour Days
April Tools 2016!
And the winner is...
Gunboat Bay Challengers!
See you next year on April 29, 2017!
New building at Sarah Wray Hall 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 Heritage 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
"The Royal Fjord: memories of Jervis Inlet"
by Ray Phillips
Local author Ray Phillips writes about the history of Jervis Inlet in his new book "The Royal Fjord: Memories of Jervis Inlet", just released from Harbour Publishing.
From the publisher: "Featuring original photos and the rough-hewn memories of some of those early inhabitants, along with personal accounts by the author and his father, The Royal Fjord makes fascinating reading and fills an important gap in the written history of the BC coast."
Author royalties for this book are being donated to the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society.
The book is available locally at the EarthFair Store: 604.883.9006. While you're there, pick up Ray's other book Little Green Valley, which is all about the Kleindale area of Pender Harbour.
Call for Heritage Photos!
We are in the process of cataloging our collections database. If you have photos, documents or artifacts that are a part of Pender Harbour's history, please consider donating them to us or permit us to scan material. Find out how you can help...
Seeking Photos of Fred Claydon
As part of our ongoing area research and archives project, we are seeking photos of Frederick George Claydon, who died on July 1, 1988 at the age of 90. He was a pioneer and decorated veteran of both world wars, and was active in the community. Claydon Road was named after Fred, who worked locally as a fisherman, harbour master and park ranger. Fred bought his property in 1938 and it became what is now Garden Bay Marine Park. If you have any photos or more information you can share with us, please get in touch!
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.
We have many volunteer opportunities available for all skill levels. From one day events to a few hours per month, and everything in-between.
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...
Buy Heritage Sausages At IGA At Madeira Park!
Look for the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society logo on MarketPlace IGA's new heritage sausages. Everytime you buy a package, MarketPlace IGA are generously contributing $1 to our Society.
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Make a Change You Believe In
If you have a Sunshine Coast Credit Union MemberCard or a Bank of Montreal MasterCard, you can support a favourite charity (including us!) through the ChangeIt® program. You will also receive a tax receipt. Learn more...