Roesland in winters' past
Museum Building

The museum is located in the Roe House at Roesland on North Pender Island, one of the properties that form the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - a beautiful waterfront setting featuring open lawns for picnicing. A short trail leads to a spectacular viewpoint, especially at sunset. Occasionally special programs are offered by the Museum for Pender residents, weekenders and visitors. These may include museum tours, demonstrations, sponsored lectures, display tables at local events and collaboration with other island organizations.

For reference, the original purpose of the Pender Islands Museum Society (est. 1986) was to acquire, catalogue, display and preserve historical artifacts and archival records related to the Pender Islands and to make them available for public viewing, education, and research.

In April of 2018 the Museum board and a few interested stakeholders participated in a professionally facilitated strategic planning retreat to map out the best direction for the Museum to take in the next 3 to 5 years. One key task was to clarify the present day purpose of the Museum by putting together an updated mission statement. Through brainstorming, a working version of a mission statement was crafted as follows:

We love our Islands' stories, so we:

• Preserve Pender's history
• Tell the community's story
• Collect Pender's heritage
• Show things worth seeing, and
• Celebrate the stories that make our Islands unique.

With a flexible strategic plan now in place, we look forward to making exciting improvements to operations at and by the Museum. We hope you will join us!

The Pender Islands Museum's page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PenderIslandsMuseum

The Museum has a new satellite Facebook group called Pender Islands Old School: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PenderIslandsOldSchool/

The Museum Newsletters "Past Times": https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qbtm22n650xi05l/AACEybmX9su0GKTuL8AP5YhLa?dl=0

Gulf Islands National Park: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/gulf/visit.aspx

Royal BC Museum archives for Pender Island: http://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/pender-island-b-c

Information you may have about our local history is most welcome. Please feel free to email us at pendermuseum@shaw.ca to share any photos, stories, letters, inquiries, comments or suggestions.

We hope you enjoy your visits to the museum and our website. Thank you for your interest in the Pender Islands Museum.


2408 South Otter Bay Road
North Pender Island, BC  V0N 2M1
(250) 629-6935

Admission by donation. (5 dollars suggested)

The Pender Museum is operated by volunteers and funded by annual museum memberships, donations, fund raising, and gift shop sales.  Annual individual membership is $10, family membership is $15.  Please include your name, address, phone number and email address (optional) with your cheque for membership or donation Note: memberships can be renewed at the Annual General Meeting held in mid-February of each year

One might consider a memorial bequeathment to the Museum for younger generations to enjoy.  Thank you for your support!  Please click here to make a donation.


HOURS:  Weekends Easter through June and September to Thanksgiving from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm,

July and August: open weekends from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  DECEMBER 26 TO 30, 2018, 1 pm to 4 pm.

Open outside these hours for groups of usually 6 or more by special request.

Inquiries, suggestions and comments about this website can be emailed to  pendermuseum@shaw.ca

Website - John R. Mackenzie.  Original content copyright, Pender Islands Museum Society, 2018.

Click here for hosting schedule, events and board meeting dates