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Garden Bay

The Garden Bay community is a small village tucked away between the waters of Garden Bady and Hospital Bay, on the North Side of Pender Harbour. Located on the Sunshine Coast, it is part of the Pender Harbour grouping of communities, along with the communities of Madeira Park, and Irvine’s Landing. Garden Bay has a naturally beautiful landscape, complimented by gorgeous ocean view. The ocean offers great opportunities for swimming, fishing, diving, and even sailing. A popular diving site is the 366-foot wreck of the HMCS Chaudiere located at the mouth of Salmon Inlet.

This community is the gateway to Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park, which features 200 m (650 ft) of shoreline, and Mount Daniel towering in the background. Open all year, the park is a popular boating area, with many marinas and other services, as well as excellent fishing, swimming and picnicking.

Location

Garden Bay is located in Pender Harbour, 71 km (44 mi) north of Langdale ferry terminal on the Sunshine Coast. From Vancouver, take the Horseshoe Bay Ferry in West Vancouver to Langdale and drive Highway 101 and follow signs for Garden Bay Road.

A Step Back in Time

Garden Bay is a small community of some 330 people located on the Sunshine Coast. Along with Madeira Park, and Irvine’s Landing these three communities are known as Pender Harbour.
The Pender Harbour area was originally occupied by the Coast Salish First Nations. The first European settler was a man named Charles Irvine who built a log trading post and became involved in the gold rush. In 1904, he sold his property to “Portuguese Joe” Gonsalves and his Salish Coast Nation wife, Susan Harris. Together, they further developed the area building a dock, general store, post office and hotel/saloon.
The historic Sundowner Inn was built in 1929, and originally served as a hospital for the Columbia Coast Mission. Known as St. Mary’s Hospital, the injured, sick, and expectant mothers came here. In 1964, the hospital was closed down and the original building converted into a hotel which can still be visited today.
Garden Bay was named after a government surveyor, a Mr. Garden, who was assigned to mapping and naming the area, and it seems was lacking in imagination, leaving the community with Garden Bay Road, Garden Peninsula and Garden Bay Lake.

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Garden Bay & Nearby Accommodations

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Pender Harbour Resort & Marina

Pender Harbour Resort & Marina

Garden Bay

Welcome to Pender Harbour Resort, where we offer a wide range of accommodation choices with 600’ of oceanfront. Vacationing with a large group? Our chalet is perfect to accommodate up to 8 guests with a full kitchen and four bedrooms. We have waterfront cottages overlooking scenic Pender Harbour, ... Read more
Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel & Marina

Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel & Marina

Madeira Park

Seeking an intimate resort with gorgeous water views? Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel & Marina is the ideal destination for hosting family gatherings, small weddings or romantic getaways to the Coast. We have less than 20 accommodations, which allows for exceptional service and luxurious amenities. Our ... Read more
Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina

Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina

Madeira Park

Each Villa at Painted Boat Resort offers upscale, Canadian-designed and made furnishings and a large patio or balcony with a water view, as well as a kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and two bathrooms. ... Read more
Ruby Lake Resort

Ruby Lake Resort

Madeira Park

Surrounded by the Caren Range Mountains and beautiful Ruby Lake, Ruby Lake Resort is a true piece of paradise to escape urban life. Our resort is ideal for romantic getaways or family vacations, so stay in our Safari Tent or well-appointed cottage suites to enjoy a relaxing retreat. The Safari Tents ... Read more
Backeddy Resort & Marina

Backeddy Resort & Marina

Egmont

Situated on 600 ft of pristine shoreline on the stunning Sechelt Inlet, Backeddy Resort & Marina is the ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts! Surrounded by lush forests and gorgeous waters, we encourage guests to discover marine life, hiking trails, and unwind to the beautiful sounds of nature. ... Read more
West Coast Wilderness Lodge

West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Egmont

Our packages are the best way to experience as much of the scenic beauty as possible during your stay with us. Each package has something special bundled in, so you can enjoy options such as kayaking tours, or guided nature hikes at great prices. Whether you’d like a quiet, romantic getaway with c ... Read more
Kent's Beach Resort

Kent's Beach Resort

Powell River

Enjoy year round waterfront cabins and camping at Kent’s Beach Resort. Situated on the beautiful west coast of BC, guests are spoiled to breathtaking oceanside views. Our self-contained cabins are furnished and feature fully equipped kitchens, perfect to fix meals. Our campground is nestled on the ... Read more
Bayside Campground & RV Park

Bayside Campground & RV Park

Sechelt

This campground offers full and partial service RV sites and private tent sites. Satellite TV, hot showers, playground, volleyball, horseshoes. Convenient to Sechelt Inlet, Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, beaches, hiking, biking trails, golf, galleries, villages and services. ... Read more
Seabreeze Resort

Seabreeze Resort

Powell River

Escape the stress of everyday life to a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere at Seabreeze Resort. Situated on the shore of Lang Bay’s sandy beach, our guests spend their days swimming and beach combing. We are surrounded by many lakes with several scenic trails for hiking enthusiasts to explore. We of ... Read more
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