Getting Around on Pender Island

Sure, you can drive.  You can also try Pender’s good samaritan transit system – a series of designated roadside ride stops, where drivers can stop and give waiting pedestrians a lift.  But if you want to see all there is to see, you can also go by boat and kayak, or get around on foot.  For a different way of seeing the island, bike.  The hills are sometimes very steep, but drivers drive cautiously.  Then there is the wind, sun, rain, landscapes and smells of the island which come at you more directly.

Speaking of hills, a local farmhand we picked up at a ride stop told us that at the curve on the below photo, a truck hauling a tractor disc harrow lost control, and the harrow ended up lying upside down by the side of the road for six months before it was hauled away.

Wicked Curve on steep downill, Bedwell Harbor Road

Wicked Curve on steep downill, Bedwell Harbor Road; disc harrow ended up just to the right of the photo

Donning the gear for a paddle on Port Browning Bay

Donning the gear for a paddle on Port Browning Bay

Riding up a knee-crushing hill out of Poet's Cove, South Pender

Up a knee-crushing hill out of Poet’s Cove, South Pender

Another knee crushing hill for bikes just south of Driftwood Town Center

Another knee-crushing hill for bikes just south of Driftwood Town Center – with little room for error

A view from Mt. Norman west toward Salt Spring and Vancouver Islands

A view from Mt. Norman west toward Salt Spring and Vancouver Islands

At Mt. Norman viewpoint with Jay Raichura, Owner of Pender Island Kayak Adventures, Urania, and a couple from Lynwood, Washington

At Mt. Norman viewpoint with Jay Raichura, Owner of Pender Island Kayak Adventures, Urania, and a couple from Lynwood, Washington

turkey vulture

 

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