Pender Islands Timeline

  • 2018

    Facade upgrade, lighting, 'blue building' construction, dog wash station, gas pump replacements and paving of 'Main Street Pender' completed at the Driftwood centre.

  • 2017

    Redevelopment of Port Browning Marina Resort begins http://www.portbrowning.ca/development

  • 2016

    Port Washington Store

    Port Washington General Store demolished in July

  • 2016

    Premiere of Penders public bus coined the Bussa-Nova thanks to a grant. In 2018 the future of the bus is in question for financial viability concerns. Note: Bus resumes service for the months of July and August, 2019.

  • 2015

    Parks Day 2012

    In mid-July the Pender Islands Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary of opening at Roesland, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, in the repurposed Roe farmhouse.

  • 2014

    For the first time the Museum hires a summer student with the assistance of the federally funded Young Canada Works program. The purpose of the project is to start cataloging and digitizing the Museums collection of artifacts and photographs. The program is re-activated in 2018.

  • 2013

    Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are installed in high traffic areas around the island in August with Nu-to-Yu funding

  • 2013

    Shingle Bay

    Shingle Bay property is acquired by Gulf Islands National Park Reserve below Roe Lake.

  • 2012

    Pender Islands Public Library re-opens July 3 after major six month long upgrade, 22 years after initial opening in 1990. Marjorie Bailey, one of the founding members of the Pender Library (1973), passes away in August at age 101.

  • 2012

    Shaw Cable largely completes introduction of high speed internet service and digital/HD TV service to all of South Pender

  • 2011

    Canada Census indicates a population on North Pender of 2,035 residents and on South Pender 201 residents for a total of 2,236.

  • 2011

    First Museum website

    First Pender Islands Museum website launched.

  • 2011

    Elizabeth May elected as first Green Party MP in House of Commons, represents Saanich-Gulf Islands. Re-elected in 2015.

  • 2011

    Analoque TV broadcasting is discontinued in Canada on September 1st. and replaced by digital only signals.

  • 2010

    Final parcel of Brooks Point aquired through 2013 when fundraising finalized

  • 2010

    New cedar shingle roof installed on the museum in October

  • 2009

    Pender Island Health Care Centre

    Pender Islands Health Care Centre expansion and renovation opens.

  • 2007

    In January Shaw Communications announces takeover of Pender Island Cable TV and Internet owned by Mascon Communications Corp.

  • 2007

    Provincial government settlement affirms hunting and fishing rights around Pender Island to Tsawwassen First Nation

  • 2007

    First Aboriginal Lieutenant Governor of B.C. appointed

  • 2006

    The Pender Islands Handbook is first published by Richard Fox. The 400-page book is the first comprehensive guidebook about the Pender Islands.

  • 2006

    Carolyn Elliott becomes Postmaster of the Pender Island Post Office

  • 2005

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    In July, the Pender Islands Museum building opens at the site of the old Roe House at Roesland in the GINPR

  • 2005

    B.C. Provincial Disc Golf Tournament returns to Pender with over 100 discers competing.

  • 2005

    Currents, a vacation home development is completed at Otter Bay Marina in what was known in the early days as Hayashi Cove, former site of the herring saltery.

  • 2005

    Morning Bay Vineyard, now the Sea Star Vineyards and Farm Estate, opens as the Penders first winery.

  • 2005

    Lorrettas Wood parcel near the winery, joins the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR).

  • 2004

    Hope Bay Centre re-opens with a restaurant, shops, gallery, services and offices. The original store burned down in 1998.

  • 2004

    Poets Cove Resort opens on South Pender

  • 2004

    Greenburn Lake and adjacent properties on South Pender are aquired for the GINPR

  • 2003

    Establishment of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR), Canadas 40th National Park is created, which includes Mount Norman (formerly Capital Regional District (CRD) park, Beaumont Marine Park, and Prior Centennial Campground (formerly BC Parks), Pacific Marine Legacy Lands at Roe Lake and Roesland, a portion of Mount Menzies, and Princess Margaret Island, now restored in name to Portland Island, south west of Pender Island.

  • 2003

    Hope Bay Rising Holdings Ltd., a group of islanders aquire the Hope Bay Store property and complete the rebuilding of the current complex

  • 2002

    Bedwell Harbour Resort on South Pender Island is closed and demolished. Poets Cove Resort begins construction in its place.

  • 2002

    Parks Canada offers the Robert Roe family home at Roesland to the Museum Society for use as the Pender Islands Museum on the condition that the Society bring the building up to standards required for public use. Shortly thereafter, the Bert Roe house further up the driveway is declared beyond restoration and demolished

  • 2001

    First 'Customer Appreciation Night' at the Tru Value Foods grocery store located at the Driftwood Centre, usually held mid-week toward the end of November. Discontinued in 2016.

  • 2000

    New Pender Island Community Hall opens

  • 2000

    Time Capsule at Pender Island Cemetery by Pender Island Museum

    100 year time capsule installed at Pender Cemetery by the Museum Society with 106 sponsors to be opened July 1st, 2100

  • 2000

    New Tru Value Foods opens at the Driftwood Centre

  • 2000

    Brooks Point on South Pender aquired by CRD as a conservation area. Gowlland Point parcel purchased by CRD for future regional park.

  • 2000

    Former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau dies on September 28th.

  • 1998

    Hope Bay Store complex destroyed by fire in the early hours of Sunday, February 23rd.

  • 1998

    Draft of Nisga'a Treaty signed, first treaty in 100 years

  • 1997

    The Davidsons sell Roesland to the Pacific Marine Heritage Legacy Lands program, later to form part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

  • 1996

    St. Peters Anglican Church, built in 1915, moved to larger parcel on Canal Road where there was room for a church hall and parking

  • 1996

    Amid some small controversy, a relay tower is erected at the top of North Pender to extend cell phone use

  • 1995

    Medicine Beach property aquired by Islands Trust and Pender Islands Conservancy Association (PICA)

  • 1994

    Tru Value Foods opens at the Driftwood Centre where the present pharmacy is located

  • 1994

    Newcomers Club is created to aquaint ladies new to the island to elements of island life, and to meet new friends

  • 1994

    The book Winifred Grey, ed. Marie Elliot is published

  • 1994

    Sharon MacDonald becomes Postmaster of the Pender Island Post Office

  • 1993

    Renowned sculptor of historical figures usually on horseback, Ralph Sketch, dies tragically in house fire. Ralph chose N. Pender as his home in 1967.

  • 1993

    More Tales from the Outer Gulf Islands is published by the Gulf Islands Branch of the B.C. Historical Federation

  • 1992

    Ferry Queen of Cumberland built

  • 1992

    After 100 years, Old Orchard Farmhouse (Washington Grimmer, 1891) at Port Washington is extensively rebuilt with historic sensitivity

  • 1991

    Roesland Farm Resort with up to 17 guest cabins closes after 72 years of operation

  • 1991

    Election of Rita Johnston, first woman premier in Canadian history

  • 1990

    Original Library signage

    New library building designed by Architect John Roberts opens at Auchterlonie Centre

  • 1990

    Irene Roe, wife of Bert dies

  • 1990

    Islands Trust Fund created to protect natural habitat on Gulf Islands

  • 1989

    Pender Island Recycling Society (PIRS) created after CRD proposal for a waste transfer station is defeated. Land is leased for a drop off depot at $1/year from June and Max Allan. PIRS later buys the property from the Allans for about one half the market value.

  • 1989

    Brackett Family Reunion

  • 1989

    In August, the Pender Post transitions from typewriter and manual layout to computer word processing and page layout.

  • 1989

    9-1-1 Emergency Response Telephone System activated on the Outer Gulf Islands

  • 1989

    A brainstorming meeting or Charette is held in November to come up with ideas for a Magic Lake Activity Centre to be located east of the tennis courts. A 'Pilot Plan' was laid out to possibly include lawn bowling, croquet, horseshoes, a jogging track, exercise stations, picnic area, childrens playground, bandstand and even a community building. The site proposed then is today a level, grassy multipurpose public area.

  • 1988

    Driftwood Centre Construction Pender Island Museum

    The Official Community Plan adopted in 1978 is amended to allow a dominant commercial centre on the island. The present Driftwood Centre is the result. Construction begins on the 'new modern design' centre including a relocated automobile service station.

  • 1988

    Mount Norman Regional Park (CRD) created, first on Gulf Islands

  • 1987

    Port Washington Store ceases operation as a general store

  • 1987

    Dr. Don Williams signs on as full time medical doctor to the Penders on July 1st.

  • 1987

    Portlock Point light station on Prevost Island, across the channel from Port Washington, is reconstructed on a point adjacent to the location of the original station, contructed in 1895.

  • 1986

    Former ferry 'Cy Peck', built at Seattle in 1913, now derelict, sinks in shallow water in Nanaimo harbour and is written off. The wheel house superstructure is salvaged and displayed on a dock in Ganges

  • 1986

    The Pender Islands Museum Society formed with the objective of establishing a museum and collecting historical artifacts

  • 1985

    The B.C. Provincial Disc Golf Tournament was held on Pender and in 2005 the Provincials returned to the Golf Island Disc Park. In 1985 30 players from B.C. and Washington competed. In 2005 over 100 discers competed.

  • 1985

    Logging ceases on Mount Norman

  • 1985

    Val Melville becomes Postmaster of the Pender Island Post Office

  • 1984

    Hope Bay Store closes as a general store

  • 1983

    A joint venture of the Provincial Heritage Conservation Branch and the Simon Fraser University Archeology Faculty result in a salvage 'dig' at the north end of the Canal Bridge by the faculty, staff and students of the University over the summers of 1984/85/86. The 'dig' established that the site had been occupied from the period 5000 to 2500BP (Before Present).

  • 1983

    Community hall facilities completed at the new school

  • 1983

    Auchterlonie Centre granted to the Pender Islands Recreation and Agricultural Hall Association by Crown (PIRAHA) (See 1980 for details)

  • 1983

    Government Liquor Store opens at the Driftwood Centre

  • 1982

    South Pender Fire Hall built

  • 1982

    W. Bill Bartlett becomes Postmaster of the Pender Island Post Office

  • 1982

    Repatriation of the Canadian Constitution from Britain on April 17.

  • 1981

    Pender Island Medical Clinic officially opened by Mary Coleman, wife of Bishop Michael Coleman, at the present site on land donated by the Marler family

  • 1981

    Present Pender Island Golf Course Clubhouse built

  • 1981

    Bob Johnson becomes Postmaster of the Pender Island Post Office

  • 1980

    In the early ‘80s, the Capitol Regional District (CRD) put $50,000 into building a full sized gym into the new school that was being built in return for community use of the gym and a ‘community room’. PIRAHA was the CRD’s (and Pender’s) representative in the ‘Joint Use Agreement’ with the School District, for the scheduling of Pender Island’s community indoor recreation. When the new school was completed in 1983, the Crown granted the Old School property (now the Auchterlonie Centre) to PIRAHA for ‘recreational purposes’. In the early ‘90s the Pender Island Library Association spearheaded the construction of Pender’s new library on this property. After the ‘Joint Use Agreement’ at the school expired in a 1996 CRD bylaw, PIRAHA continued as the agency for administering the CRD’s recreational funding. Today PIRAHA’s exciting mandate is to manage two properties with four buildings, used for community recreation purposes, to raise the money to run and equip the community hall, to create recreational programming and to book and organize events.

  • 1980

    Disc Golf park is 'roughed out' by Alex Fraser, Dave Watson, and Doug Keating. The second nine began in 1984 and by 1987 the initial course was completed.

  • 1980

    Clifford Brackett dies at age 105

  • 1980

    Gordon Berry becomes Postmaster of the Pender Island Post Office

  • 1979

    Former ferry 'Cy Peck' is sold to Dale Forsberg and used as a training vessel for the Canada Sea Life College

  • 1979

    Dr. Don Sutherland replaces retiring Dr. Homer Rogers on condition that a new medical facility be built

  • 1979

    Driftwood Centre Late 70s Pender Island Museum

    Both the Port Washington and Hope Bay Post Offices are closed and relocated to the Driftwood Centre with David A. Nance as Postmaster

  • 1978

    Pender Islands Community Plans adopted

  • 1978

    Howard Harris house at Hope Bay demolished

  • 1978

    The Pender Islands Lions Club publishes the first Pender Islands Telephone List, an idea conceived by Wally Cunliffe

  • 1977

    Victor Menzies dies shortly after his 92nd birthday

  • 1977

    New school on Canal Road opened and old school turned over to Recreation and Ag. Hall Assn. for community use, now the Nu-To-Yu thrift store. The new school is also used as a community centre.

  • 1977

    Victor Menzies' 4x5 inch 'plate' box camera purchased by him in 1902 is used for the last time at the school reunion held on August 6th. The camera is displayed at the Museum.

  • 1977

    Port Washington Community Hall demolished

  • 1977

    Government Liquor Store opens at the Driftwood Centre