Painted Turtle Guesthouse (hostel)
Dinghy Dock Pub, Preservation Island
Selected Nanaimo eateries
Kin Beach Provincial Park
Powell River Fery Terminal
Pender Harbor Resort Marina
The ride to Pender Harbor Resort was delayed by two hours due to a downpour. I waited out rain at the Black Bean Cafe in Gibsons. Due to the rain and delays, I decided to take the bus to Sechelt to keep on schedule to arrive at Pender Harbor Resort and Marina. It is about 10 miles off the Sunshine Coat Highway but it is worth the effort due to its natural beaty and serenity.
I met Cedric on the bus who was on a 12-month personal journey to study meditation techniques. He was on his way to attend a meditation retreat at the Sunsbine Zen Center near Half Moon Bay. The temple is under the guidance of Zen Master Henry, a Taiwanese monk trained in Ch'an style Bodhidharma Buddhism.
Pender Harbor Resort and Marina is 11 miles from the Sunshine highway route in the Garden Bay area. The resort is in a very tranquil and scenic setting offering RV spaces, cabins, yurts, and three tent spaces. Amenties include a swimming pool and Internet. The main downside for those without a car is that the only store and restaurant/pub are about 30-40 minutes walk. The Garden Bay Pub has deteriorated to dive status, in my view, with lackluster food and service. Even with the nice view of the marina, I would not visit until the new owners improve the cleanliness and service. Two other very funky establishments nearby are Dan's Grill (burger joint) and John Henry's (marina, general store, liquor store).
Pender Harbor Resort
Alex Frazier Bfidge
The Galley Patio a d Grill (Jericho Beach)
Recommended eateries on 4th Ave. (15-minute walk)
Peace Arch RV Park