Pender Harbour, British Columbia
|Area code(s)||604, 778|
Pender Harbour is a bay on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, on the east side of Malaspina Strait. Once a steamer stop, a fishing village and an important logging and medical waypoint, it is now an unincorporated community within the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD).
Pender Harbour's population is under 3,000 with over 40% of property owners being non-resident. Pender Harbour includes the small "neighbourhoods" of Madeira Park, Garden Bay, Irvine's Landing and Kleindale.
With the decline of commercial fishing and logging, there is little resource-based industry in the area. Today, tourism is an important part of the local economy as Pender Harbour offers many outdoor recreational opportunities. Pender Harbour has a vibrant arts community and several annual music festivals. It boasts the second-oldest May Day celebration in BC  and the biggest and longest running downhill longboard race in Canada, Attack of Danger Bay.
Named in 1860 by Captain G.H. Richards, RN, after Daniel Pender, RN ( - 1891). Pender arrived on this coast as second master of the survey vessel Plumper, 9 November 1857; served as master of the Plumper and the Hecate; commander of the Beaver (hired from Hudson's Bay Company for hydrographic work), 1863-70; assistant, Hydrographic Office, London, 1871-84.......