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July 11, 2017
Special events such as BioBlitz and Tour des Iles, plus ongoing regular weekend visitation pushed attendance at the Pender Islands Museum to over 500 by mid-July. That compares to 788 for all of last year. Many on-island residents and weekenders told us they hadn’t visited the museum “for a very long time”. So let’s keep this renewed interest going!
The August long weekend marks British Columbia Day, celebrating all that’s great about our province and our communities. What better way to enjoy this special place we call Pender Island than by visiting our gem of a museum? From ancient archaeological artifacts to a pioneer kitchen, from the sounds of an old phonograph to a rocking chair on the porch, historic Roesland is the place to connect the past to the present. Our friendly volunteers are always pleased to share their stories or hear yours as you head down memory lane.
In June and July, we welcomed eight new members to the museum’s dedicated roster of now 30 volunteers. If you have an interest in volunteering with the museum, we’re keen to hear from you and training is provided. Please get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Sandy Auchterlonie at
The museum is open 10am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays until Labour Day, and 1-4pm weekends through to Thanksgiving. Admission by donation. - Simone Marler
June 28, 2017
June 23-25 Step Back in Time Event: Our museum hosted over 200 visitors during the Tour des Iles event this past weekend, with attendees coming not only from off-island but also from Pender. The event showcased the cooperative spirit of three community groups: the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council, the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and our Museum. The Museum acknowledges the special support of the Arts Council, both financially and through the talents and skills of its members. Together, we brought the Roesland of 100 years ago to life with music, crafts, historic characters in costume, spinning demonstrations, displays, lawn games and the ever-popular lemonade and cookie table. It was a lot of fun! - Simone Marler
June 20, 2017


It’s been a busy June at the museum! The 2017 BioBlitz on June 9/10 was a race against the clock to identify as many plants and animals as possible in 24 hours in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve lands on Pender Island. With Roesland one of three main BioBlitz locations, the Museum opened extended hours to welcome many of the participants. By closing time on Sunday, an amazing 169 guests had toured the Museum. Late Friday night was especially memorable as BioBlitzers gathered at Roesland to look for bats, bugs and fish. We threw open the museum doors and more than 80 visitors went through the exhibits over three hours, a warm cup of cocoa or tea in hand. Several people commented on the special glow of the old Roe house on a cool spring evening and how connected the old building is to its beautiful, natural surroundings. 


By the time you read this, the 2017 Tour des Iles event will be one for the history books. And a remarkable collaboration among the Museum, the Southern Gulf Island Arts Council and the Gulf Islands National Parks Reserve will be part of that story. Building on the strengths of each organization, this heritage celebration will have brought the old Roesland Resort—now our Pender Islands Museum—to life in memorable ways. If you attended, we hope you thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time. 


Interested in volunteering with the museum? In early June, seven new and returning hosts invested an afternoon of their time to (re)learn the nuts and bolts of hosting and the techniques of interpretation. As we practised how to make meaningful connections between visitors and displays, we laughed and learned a lot about the museum and each other. Board Members, Simone Marler and Sandy Auchterlonie, will offer the session again on Friday, July 7. If you’d like to take part, please get in touch with Sandy at

Simone Marler

May 24, 2017
Monthly Update
Been a while since you visited Roesland, home to the Pender Island Museum? Then think June! The museum will extend its open hours as we join a host of community organizations for two major events: the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve BioBlitz on June 9-10; and the Tour des Iles festival on June 23-25. Of course, we’re also open every Saturday/Sunday in June from 1-4pm, and then 10am-4pm on weekends starting in July for the rest of the summer. 
Step into Nature

As darkness falls on June 9, we’ll open the museum and the old Roe family home will once again cast its warm glow over visitors to this special place. That evening, BioBlitz participants will be looking for bats, bugs and fish, and the museum will offer a comfy porch and a cup of hot cocoa. It’s our way of keeping alive a visitor experience that goes back over 100 years when our museum was the Roesland Resort.

As David Davidson (the Davidsons took over the resort in 1970) wrote in “More Tales from the Outer Gulf Islands”, “The Roes began the resort because they realized families needed a low-cost holiday in a simple, natural and healthy environment without frills or commercialism.” The museum’s support for BioBlitz continues that original ideal. For details, go to

Step Back in Time 

If you're not headed to another island for for the June 23-25 Tour des Iles, you're welcome to join in all the Pender-based activities. Regular bus service to Roesland lets you celebrate our island heritage as the Museum teams up with the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council and Parks Canada. We’ll welcome visitors and take them back in time with arts, crafts and music, old-time lawn games, hosts and storytellers in period costume, and some special displays—all served up with lemonade. Check as specific times and events are confirmed.

 - Simone Marler

March 19, 2017
Monthly update
At the March board meeting the roles of the directors elected at the Annual General Meeting in February, were unchanged with the exception of Simone Marler replacing Peter Campbell as vice-chair.  The role is that of either a future or past chair or president.  John Mackenzie will continue as chair for the current year.  
On display at the museum is a quilt which was painstakingly produced by the lady members of the Gulf Islands Branch of the British Columbia Historical Association in 1961 to raise money for the publication of “A Gulf Islands Patchwork” published in that same year.  Simone was able to take the quilt to a vintage textiles expert for evaluation at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. Advice was given for proper cleaning and display of the unique 56 year old labour of love, which is now back in it’s place at the museum.
Simone is also working on an activity booklet for student and family visitors.  The objective is to connect young people to the past in ways that enhance their appreciation for the history of our community and the museum’s role in preserving it.  A few examples of what activities will be included are a word scramble, crossword puzzle, word search with photos, gramophone connect-the-dots drawing, a getting to school maze and many others.  In mid-May an orientation session for new and veteran hosts will be held which will include an explanation of the activity booklet and how it can be used most effectively and enjoyably.
Also in May, the board is looking forward to meeting with a professional museum display and operations consultant who was with the Royal BC Museum in Victoria.  Improved continuity and lighting of displays along with more efficient use of limited storage at the museum will be examined.
Windows are being cleaned and floors swept as we prepare for our Easter weekend opening.  Why not drop into the museum and have a chat about the past with one of our a friendly hosts. - John Mackenzie
February 20, 2017

New directors elected

The Pender Islands Museum Society (PIMS) held it’s thirty-first Annual General Meeting on Saturday after a stirring, award winning documentary film entitled "Seventy-one Years: The Loss and Discovery of Avro Anson L7056”. The presentation was introduced by Producer/Director Nick Versteeg and featured Penderite Phil Neal whose interview is included in the documentary.  A full house of approximately eighty people attended the screening upstairs in the Community Hall. After a break for tea and “wartime cake”, the business meeting was held and two new board members were elected, Sandy Auchterlonie and Rob England, who now join re-elected members, Pierre Delacote, John Mackenzie, Simone Marler, Ursula Poepel and Elizabeth Preston.
This month we are gearing up for the opening of the museum Easter weekend. In next month’s Pender Post there will be notice given of events planned for what is shaping up to be a busy spring and summer for the society.


February 14, 2017

Annual General Meeting

On Saturday, February 18 at 2:00pm at the Community Hall, the Pender Islands Museum Society brings to the big screen a 50-minute documentary, Seventy-one Years: The Loss and Discovery of Avro Anson L7056. The film recounts the 1942 disappearance of a wartime aircraft, believed lost on a training mission in the ocean off Vancouver Island with three Brits and a Canadian on board. In fact, the plane had crashed in remote mountainous terrain near Port Renfrew where it remained untouched for 71 years. That's where the documentary picks up the tale.

Who were the servicemen who perished and would they still have family? Turns out they did and their stories will touch your heart. Who might still know firsthand what wartime life was like at Canada's third-largest air training base at Patricia Bay (now Victoria International Airport)? Research led to our very own Phil Neal, retired Penderite and former aircraft mechanic, whose remarkable interview is featured in the documentary. PIMS is pleased to have Phil, who is nearing his 99th birthday, as our guest.

As an added bonus, the documentary’s director-producer, Nick Versteeg, will introduce the film. He joins us from Duncan, BC where he produces award-winning television productions and documentaries for the likes of The History Channel, CBC and A&E. 

 Refreshments and a brief Annual General Meeting follow the presentation.


February 7, 2015

Annual General Meeting

The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Pender Islands Museum Society will be held on February 21 at 2pm at the Hope Bay studio.  After a short business meeting there will be refreshments and a presentation by David Spalding and Peter Campbell about the Aldridge family who in the first half of the last century, lived on property where the current Medical Centre is located.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


June 9, 2014

Summer student hired at the Museum

We were approved for the Young Canada Works program and have hired a summer student. The student will be learning by doing varied tasks associated with the cataloging and digitizing of our archival collection. You can monitor the progress of the project by visiting our new online photo database of artifacts and photos here: 

Remember the Museum is open on weekends until Thanksgiving. Why not drop in and see what's new?


April 6, 2014

Summer student candidates sought

The Pender Islands Museum has applied to the federal government Young Canada Works program for funding a student job at the Museum this summer. We may not be approved for funding, but if we are we would be looking for someone who is graduating from high school and entering first year university or is continuing their university studies full time in the fall. We are assembling a list of people who might be interested in case we are approved.

Please email the Museum if you would like to be on the contact list.

Please note, this is not a notice of a job opportunity at this time.

March 6, 2014

New board members elected at AGM

At the Annual General Meeting, all former board members were re-elected by acclamation.  Two new board members were added, Elizabeth Preston and Pierre Delacote.  Welcome to them both!

February 11, 2014

2014 Annual General Meeting coming up

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Pender Islands Museum Society will be held at the Hope Bay meeting room on Saturday February 22nd at 2pm. After a brief business meeting we will have a presentation by Lyall Eriksen about the history of the Brackett family of Pender Island. All are welcome!

January 10, 2014

2014 Calendars still available!

If you missed out on purchasing our 2014 calendar over the Holidays, they are still available through the Museum Gift Shop.  Contact the Museum by email, to get yours before what few are left dissapear.  Still only ten dollars each, what a bargain!

November 1, 2013

2014 Calendar available soon, Museum open Christmas week

The new calendar has gone to press and should be available soon from the Government Liquor Store, Pender Home Hardware and Talisman Books.  Price is $10. cash.  The Museum will be open 1pm to 4pm from December  26, Boxing Day, until December 30.  Why not drop in and have a complimentary cup of warm mulled apple juice while you reconnect with Pender's past.

July 14, 2013

What a wonderful afternoon!

The weather was perfect, warm and sunny, and the carrot cake made by the Pender Island Bakery, exquisite!  (No kidding)  Everyone of all ages had a great time.  If only it could have lasted longer.

July 11, 2013

Museum Anniversary this Sunday...

What are you doing this Sunday afternoon, July 14?  Why not drop by the Pender Island Museum to join in celebrating our eighth anniversary!  Complimentary carrot cake and lemonade will be served on the verandah around 2pm.  Meet Museum volunteers and, if you are an unplugged musician, consider playing us a tune or two.  Hope to see you there!

Board Secretary departs

April 14, 2013

We are sorry that Nancy Chatfield has decided to step down after a seven year tenure on the Museum board. Nancy has been an impeccable recording secretary of board meetings and her good humour and intelligent input will be very much missed. Thanks Nancy for your many hours of volunteer work for the Museum and good luck in your future endeavours!

2013 Memberships now due

February, 2013

Just a reminder that your annual membership fee of only $5.00 is now due.  Business membership is $50.00.  Please mail your cheque with your name, address and email if desired to the Museum at the address on our home web page.  Click on the "Home" tab at the top of this page for our address.  The Museum relies on members for continued operations.  Thank you!

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Museum will be held on Saturday February 23rd at 2pm at the Hope Bay meeting room adjacent the Cafe At Hope Bay.  All are welcome to come and meet the Museum board and fellow members over refreshments, and listen to a presentation about Gulf Islands history by a well known local historian and author Marie Elliot who grew up on Mayne Island.  Hope to see you there! 

February 24, 2013

UPDATE:  The AGM was very well attended with re-instatement of last years' Board of Directors with the exception of Diane Logan and the addition of Brenda Heath who brings tremendous enthusiasm and unique talents to enhance the Board of 2013.  Marie Elliot gave an intriguing account of the Higgs and Spalding families, pioneers on South Pender, with a special account of Winnifred Higgs/Grey.  Be sure to check out her books about local Gulf Islands history.

Calendar sells out

The 2013 Museum calendars have sold out thanks to Pender Island Home Hardware, Pender Island Liquor Store, Talisman Books and all those who helped sell them, and of course, to those who bought one or more.  Another calendar may be in the works for 2014, so stay tuned.

Museum Calendar now available!

November 18, 2012

The 2013 fund raising calendar is now available at the Government Liquor Store, Pender Island Lumber, the Yuletide Gift Faire on Saturday November 24th at the Community Hall and the Christmas Craft Fair at St. Peters Church Hall on Saturday December 1st.  Calendars can also be had by calling Ursula Poepel at 250 629-3332 or from Peter Campbell's sales table at the Driftwood Centre most Saturday mornings.

This is a beautiful calendar, put together through the combined talents of Peter Campbell, Museum Chair and Leroy McLauglin of Minsky Designs.  The theme this year is "Then and Now" depicting various locations around the Penders the way they are now and were many years ago.  Definitely a wander back in time and a great idea for a stocking stuffer or souvenir of the Pender Islands throughout the coming year.

Proceeds of the sales will go toward a new five year project to catalogue and digitize the Museum's collection of photographs and artifacts, preserving and greatly improving access to historic material housed at the Museum.

This is a limited edition and will propably sell out, so get yours soon!

Fall Fair Perfection

August 25, 2012

The presence of the Museum at the Fall Fair this year was educational and very well received by young and old.  Special thanks goes to one of our Museum Directors James (Jim) Stafford, an archeologist by profession, and one who put together an interesting display of artifacts from past excavations and found objects.  Thanks Jim.  Peter and Elizabeth Campbell graced the Museum's entry in the Fair parade by riding in Karl Hamson's vintage automobile in period costume.  We're having too much fun at the Pender Islands Museum... why don't you join us! 

See us at the Fall Fair

The Museum will have a table display located to the left of the Hall entrance at the Fall Fair on Saturday August 25th.  Bring your memories of Pender and any artifacts, such as old photographs to add to, and share from, our unique and growing collection for recollection, sharing and research.  As usual, there will be a "guess what it is" quiz of objects on the table for those with inquisitive minds.  Ask about our new tee shirts available for only twelve dollars.  The new shirt graphic is the iconic Pender Museum (photo by Peter Campbell) at a very reasonable price.  Of course the Museum will be open, as usual, from 10 am until 4 pm on the day of the Fall Fair.

Old-fashioned picnic at the Museum a big success!

July 21, 2012

Thank you all for coming and enjoying this uniquely Pender Islands community event.  It was a memorable afternoon. 

For photos, go here:

See you soon at the Museum, or at the very least, next year at our 8th anniversary old fashioned picnic on Canada Parks Day!

June 16, 2012

Mark your calendars for the upcoming celebration of the Pender Islands Museum's seventh anniversary at Roesland approximately coinciding with National Parks Day, Saturday July 21, 2012.  Bring your own picnic basket lunch and a blanket to sit on.  Events planned include a performance by the Pender Highlanders Pipe Band, kids crafts, kids games, stories, live music and the playing of crank up phonograph records of by-gone days on the verandah.  Lemonade and cake will be served to celebrate the Museum's anniversary.  Dress up in turn of the last century clothing and bring the kids!  Rain or shine, this will be a fun event to bring back the memories!  1 pm - 4 pm.

Premiered film looks back for a better future

May 21, 2012

From PENDER COMMUNITY TRANSITION (PCT)  * a cooperative alliance for a brighter future *
What’s happening on the evening of Friday, June 15, 7 pm at the Hall? It’s the community premiere of “Youth & Elders: wisdom for a brighter future”!  This is PCT’s 65-minute film of Pender kids interviewing Pender Elders, about how people lived here in the past.  These interviews give inspiring glimpses of community self-sufficiency, resilience, cooperation, and connection.  See for more information or contact Zorah Staar.

Shaw TV profiles the Museum and Gulf Islands National Park

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Today a crew comprised of an interviewer, camera operator, and Parks Canada Information Officer visited the Pender museum with the purpose of producing a television segment profiling both the museum and the Gulf Islands National Park.  Peter Campbell, the Chair of the Museum Board of Directors was interviewed about the work involved in making our unique museum a reality, and the colourful history of the Penders.  Stay tuned... we will let you know when the program will be aired!

Update, May 20, 2012:  The video is finished and viewable here:

Vintage photo collages rescued and on display

April, 2012

In 1902, Spencer and Annie Percival purchased Washington Grimmer's home, now "The Old Orchard Farm" in Port Washington.  They decorated the hall and one room from floor to ceiling with collages formed from assorted clippings dating from 1900 to 1912.  A major renovation of the house by Pat and Angela Verriour in the 1980's revealed these collages hidden behind wood panelling.  They carefully removed and saved them in thier Victoria home for several years.  Just recently they donated the collages to the museum and two of several sections are now on display at the museum.

New directors elected

February, 2012

Kari Huhtala and James Stafford were elected to the Museum Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting in February.  Kari brings to the board writing skills in program proposal and reporting along with experience in project supervision and archiving.  James is a professional archeologist.  These additions round out a fine board well prepared to handle the varied tasks encountered in fulfilling the mandate of the Museum society.