Mount Norman - South Pender Island

The view from Mt. Norman, South Pender Island
The view from Mt. Norman, South Pender Island

Located on South Pender Island, the Mount Norman area offers a sea-to-sky outdoor experience— there are plenty of trails to hike and the views are amazing. One book about hiking in the Gulf Islands says that this area is one of the most beautiful in the islands.

Depending on which route you take, you may travel as far as six kilometres. Mount Norman is the highest point on the Penders – its viewpoint offers a panoramic scene of the surrounding islands. You will pass Garry oak, arbutus, tall fir trees and salal as you travel to the top.

The shoreline below the mountain is rocky with views into Bedwell Harbour. Wildlife is abundant in the area.

Getting to Mount Norman:

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. The park can also be reached by water with a private boat or kayak – access is from Browning Harbour through the Pender Canal or Bedwell Harbour.. By land, the park can be found off of Canal Road or Ainslie Point Road, about a 15-minute drive from the ferry terminal.

Amenities:

  • hiking trails,
  • drinking water,
  • pit toilets,
  • information shelters,
  • viewpoint.

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