The coastline in Pender Harbour is immense, with many inlets, coves, and bays winding away from the main entrances. Madeira Park is the central hub of the region for groceries, services and cultural activities, and boating/paddlesports are very popular here. Pender runs on a slower time and people know each other much better than in the larger towns. There is an easy camaraderie in Pender popular with people who like to get there and stay there for school, vacation or residency.
Recreationally, Pender offers a half dozen lakes and a number of rewarding hikes for outstanding views, a harbour-hopper ferry, and access to outer islands and the backcountry and Sunshine Coast Trail.
There is no bus service to or in Pender Harbour. This means international students are dependent on host families for transportation to Sechelt for activities or connection with public transit to Gibsons. Pender suits students who are independent in nature, like a slower/quieter pace and small classes, and plenty of study time.