Things to Do in Pender Harbour & Area
Swimming: Take the 10-Lake Challenge!
Want to try something fun? Swim in all 10 local lakes from Egmont to Pender Harbour in one day. You can drive it all in about an hour, but you'll want to spend time enjoying each one so give yourself a half day or more.
With plenty of easily-accessible freshwater lakes and ocean shores, swimming is a favourite pastime of locals and visitors alike.
Families with small children will enjoy Katherine Lake Park's beach area and warmer waters, Ruby Lake's Dan Bosch Park beach area, and Egmont's Klein Lake recreational area.
In the Garden Bay area:
Garden Bay Lake, Katherine Lake, Hotel Lake, and Mixal Lake are all within walking/biking distance of each other and are great for swimming and non-motorized boating.
In the Egmont area:
Brown Lake, Waugh Lake, Klein Lake, and North Lake in Egmont are also great for swimming and non-motorized boating.
Between Garden Bay and Egmont:
Sakinaw Lake and Ruby Lake are fantastic swimming and boating lakes. Both allow motorized boats.
All of our lakes are great for fishing!
Please note: all of our lakes are drinking water sources. Please help us keep them clean.
While you're welcome to take a dip in the ocean wherever you can access the shore, there are a few places that are more enjoyable to walk in with bare feet. Keep an eye on the tide tables.
In the Pender Harbour Area
A small, mostly pebbled, partly sandy beach in the South Pender Harbour area. The shore is gently sloping and makes for a great At high tide, the beach gets much smaller, so it's best to go at least an hour or two after. At low tide, there
Francis Point Provincial Park
The ocean is accessible at the beginning of the trail in a small, beautiful, protected cove. The shore is mostly rocky and is also slippery. Please note that this is also an ecological reserve area so tread lightly and be careful what you step on!
Martin Cove Beach
Almost at the end of Francis Peninsula Road is Martin Cove Beach, a very small, rocky beach that faces out to the open ocean. Somewhat protected, swimming here can be tricky on windy days. An adventurous local has moved many large rocks to create a small, easy-access path to the water in the middle of the beach area, which may not be visible at high tide. The path to this beach is steep and involves climbing over logs. Not recommended for people with difficulty walking. If you swim beyond the cove, please watch for boat traffic.
Tricky on the feet with its larger, slippery rocks, big logs, and boulders to scramble over on shore. (Not recommended for children or people with difficulty walking.) The water can be quite rough in this area on windy days so be sure to check the marine weather report. If you're adventurous and swim far out into the bay, please watch for boat traffic.