The Pender Harbour and Egmont Chamber of Commerce
The voice of business from Pender Harbour to Egmont here on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. This area at the northern end of the Sechelt Peninsula, appreciated for its spectacular beauty, is undergoing significant growth and with this growth comes business opportunities. We encourage all businesses and interested community members to join the Chamber to showcase products and services, to network and build contacts, and to help influence and shape our future. Let us work together for a better tomorrow for both our businesses and our communities.
Madeira Park is an unincorporated community located on the Sunshine Coast of BC. Collectively, Garden Bay, Madeira Park, and Irvine's Landing are known as Pender Harbour. Madeira Harbour is located off of Highway 101 in Pender Harbour. Travelers from the Lower Mainland should take a ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, and then drive 50 kilometers northwest on Highway 101. Pender Harbour is the most popular diving spot on the Sechelt Peninsula. Hire a guide or rent a boat and go exploring around Fearney Bluffs, Nelson Rock, and the Anderson and Charles Islands. Enjoy relaxing walks down easy paths, or go on more difficult hikes through the area surrounding Pender Harbour. The routes to Pender Hill and up Mount Daniel are popular with experienced hikers, their summits providing spectacular views overlooking the harbour.
Pender Harbour is well‐known for its salmon fishing. Other fish to be caught here include cod, flounder, and snapper, as well as surface‐feeding trout. The Pender Harbour Blues Festival & Pender Harbour Jazz Festival both feature concerts held in all three local communities, Garden Bay, Madeira Park and Irvines Landing. The Blues Festival kicks off the summer and the Jazz Festival takes place annually on the third weekend of September.
With fewer than 3000 residence, Pender Harbour offers a surprising array of amenities. The Painted Boat Resort and Spa with its world class restaurant and marina adds a touch of class to this charming sea‐side village. The Pender Harbour Golf Course offers 9 challenging holes at very reasonable rates with memberships available. The Pender Harbour Health Clinic includes a full time Dentist and Medical Clinic as well as offering a variety of other services including chiropractors and physiotherapists. Shopping includes an IGA, the Oak Tree Market (great butcher!), liquor store, pharmacy, RONA, tool rental yard, handi‐craft s and furniture stores, as well as and art gallery and book &gift stores. Restaurants, pubs and coffee shops round out the rest of the business community. Pender Harbour also features a pre‐school, Madeira Park Elementary School (K‐6) and Pender Harbour High School (7‐12).
Madeira Park is a safe and secure community with access to some of the finest boating and kayaking anywhere in the world
The Pender Harbour and Egmont Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of our local businesses since
1949 and is proud of continuing in that role today. We are an organization of diverse small businesses, and we realize we must partner together to help our community prosper.
One thing we agree upon is that a healthy community requires young adults who are living here, working here and contributing positively to our society. Successful businesses that are capable of providing appropriate amenities, employment and recreational opportunities form the basis of such a community. Our Chamber is working hard to promote and support these businesses.
In November 2012, I was selected as the president of our Chamber and am continuing to work with my fellow directors and Chamber members to achieve the goals we have set in place for ourselves as outlined in our 2013 work plans.
Our Chamber is responsible for several programs designed to promote our businesses to visitors and travellers of the Sunshine Coast and, equally important, to residents of the Sunshine Coast.
These on-going programs include our website, three highway signage display areas, Madeira Park visitor information booth (VIB) and associated public washrooms and our tourism sanitation services (two portable toilet locations).
In 2012 we were quite successful in managing this business. The number of users of our facilities remains high, our membership remains healthy, our highway sign boards are very well subscribed and new approach signs advertising their locations are in place.
Our plans for 2013 include continuing our existing programs, upgrading our VIB public washrooms to offer year-round service, adding new signage on and around our facilities, designing and executing a shop-locally media campaign and continuing our work with several local not-for-profit organizations to expand our recreational opportunities.
Progress made so far includes preparing a work plan to update the washrooms, preparing and submitting annual and one-time funding requests to the appropriate agencies, organizing a shop-locally steering committee, initiating our annual membership renewals and new member solicitations, and attending several meetings with our local not-for-profit partners.
Our Chamber and our volunteer board of directors are looking forward to the future. There is much that can be done to move us forward and much to do to make it happen.
— Leonard Lee
For visitors to our site looking for tourist information, we invite you to view our Visitor Information page listed in the navigation on the left.