Madeira Park, Ruby Lake Resort
Madeira Park, an unincorporated community in the area of Pender Harbour, is a haven for anyone who loves the outdoors and the temperate climate of the Sunshine Coast. In the Summer, visitors and residents can enjoy warm, dry weather on one of the many long beaches. Water activities include swimming, diving, fishing, and sailing in one of the many surrounding waters. Sechelt Inlet is rated as one of the world’s top 20 recreational dives by Scuba Diving Magazine.
The area is also home to many Provincial and Regional Parks, offering gorgeous views of the surrounding area. The region also offers golfing, and horse-back riding opportunities.
Madeira Park is located in Pender Harbour, 58 km (36 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 to Madeira Park.
The Pender Harbour area was originally occupied by the Coast Salish First Nations. Charels Irvine was the first European settler to inhabit the region. He 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. According to local sources, either Gonsalves or his daughter named Madeira Park in honour of Madeira Island near Portugal, where Gonsalves had spent his childhood.