Roesland - North Pender Island

Roe Islet at Roesland, North Pender Island
Roe Islet at Roesland, North Pender Island

Roesland is a lovely seaside park with an arbutus- and Douglas-fir-covered islet, Roesland on North Pender Island is a nice place to spend an afternoon. It only takes about 15 minutes to walk to the end of Roe islet, where you’ll find bench to rest on. This is a good spot to watch the sunset from.

Once a farm, Roesland was turned into a resort in the 1920s and remained popular resort until it closed in the 1990. Many old, dilapidated cottages litter the park and are fun to peek in. Eventually the original Roe house built in 1908 was converted for use by Pender Islands Museum Society.

This area is a wonderful place for picnicking and relaxing and for learning about the history of North and South Pender Island. Watch for eagles, sea stars and Harbor seals. In the spring, there are wildflowers to enjoy.

Getting to Roesland:

The Penders are accessible from Swartz Bay (Vancouver Island) and Tsawwassen (mainland, near Vancouver) through BC Ferries. BC Ferries provides service to Otter Bay Ferry Terminal on North Pender. Once you are on North Pender, the park is on the west side of South Otter Bay Road (about 3.5 kilometres from the ferry terminal).

Amenities:

  • picnic tables,
  • walking trails,
  • pit toilets,
  • museum,
  • viewpoint,
  • beach

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