There’s really a North and a South Pender Island, together being the most southerly of the British Columbia Gulf Islands, and having the most temperate climate in Canada. The Penders are home to about 2800 people, and can be reached by B.C.Ferries from Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, which is just a few miles from my home.Frequent sailings make it easy to take your car or just walk on and hike around when you get there. Of course, having a boat or renting one is another easy way and makes you more independent! This photo is of the western coast of North Pender, in an area where we like to go salmon fishing in the evenings. Like most of the islands, the Penders were thrust up from the ocean floor by tectonic action in ages past. As a result, in most cases the shorelines rise very fast from deep water, making it easy to drift along very close to the land and yet have great depths of water under the keel.
This shot was taken June 16, 2009 with a Fuji S100FS camera.

For more detail on where they are, here’s a link to a Google Map URL:

You can play around with the Zoom slider and see all the surrounding islands.


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  • Patty Boyte
    Patty Boyteabout 5 years ago

    Exquisite shot and wonderful information!

  • Thanks very much Patty, glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekabout 5 years ago

    You sure you’re on the right coast, George. Reminds me a lot of the opposite one ! lol.
    Very nice work, my friend. Caught the mood and everything. :)

  • Hi Stan, and thanks! I may have caught the mood but that’s all I caught..LOL! I really wanted a salmon:) Yes, it does look a lot like parts of the Maritimes, especially Cape Breton and NL.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot, George, and a very interesting write up. I think I could handle dropping a line there!

  • Good morning Mike..thanks very much! Well, the pink salmon are due any day now, assuming they get here, so we’ll be trying right where I took that shot. They only come every two years and the last several years have been almost no-shows, so here’s hoping!

    – George Cousins

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 5 years ago

    What a beautiful part of the world you live in!

  • Thank you Mel! Yes, it is very beautiful, and I’m fortunate to be able to get some of it on images to share. Thanks for dropping by!

    – George Cousins

  • Anne McKinnell
    Anne McKinnellalmost 5 years ago

    A very dramatic shot, George!

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