The Pender Islands Museum

We acknowledge and respect the W̱SÁNEĆ People on whose traditional territory the museum stands and whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. Those lands include S,DÁYES—known in English as Pender Island. 

We love sharing the stories that bring our rich island heritage to life. Our museum is in an historic house and features the stories of the people who have called these islands home since time immemorial. 

Pender Islands Museum in historic house.

The museum is now open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays from 10am-4pm. Admission by donation. 

If you have mobility challenges, you're welcome to drive down the laneway from the parking lot and park opposite the museum. 



Take a Closer Look: 5 Artifacts Worth Seeing

sandstone carving indigenous  Pender Island Museum

Since Time Immemorial

Archaeologists unearthed this sandstone whale carving on Pender Island in the mid-1980s. While the figure’s specific purpose is lost to time, we know it comes from a community dating back 5,000 years that created the earliest known expressions of Northwest Coast art. 

wheel of fortune at Pender Islands Museum artifacts

A Lucky Spin at the Store

Shoppers at the Port Washington Store eagerly awaited the pre-Christmas spin of the old bike wheel in hopes it would land on their ticket number. The prize? Bags of groceries valued according to the 5, 10 or 15-cent ticket cost. The festive tradition endured for over 50 years.

Antique Loom Pender Island Museum artifact

Lilias' Loom

Just after Lilias Spalding came to South Pender Island as a 19-year-old bride in 1889, she bought this loom. Inspiring wife, mother, school trustee, Post Mistress, and host to visitors, she wove a community together. Her enduring legacy lives on in her family and in this impressive artifact. 

tin of lard Pender Islands Museum artifact

Off to School

A 5-pound tin of lard—rendered pig fat—was standard fare in early Pender Islands kitchens. Once empty and cleaned, it went on to a whole new life, most often as a lunch pail for Pender Islands school kids or for collecting blackberries.

butter cooler Pender Island Museum artifacts

Cool, eh?

Keeping food cool was a challenge on an island without refrigeration before the introduction of electricity in 1956. Enter this ingenious butter keeper. Immersed in water, the clay absorbs moisture. As the water evaporates, the butter inside stays at or below room temperature. 

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2408 South Otter Bay Road
Pender Island, V0N 2M1

call 1.250.629.6935 (during open hours)

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