• Difficulty Easy
  • Time 0.5 hours
  • Round-Trip 1.3km
  • Elevation Gain minimal
  • Season year-round
  • Camping No
  • From Vancouver n/a
  • Public Transit No
  • Dog Friendly On-Leash

The Enchanted Forest on Pender Island is located in a lush west coast rainforest on the Southern Island. The walk through the forest is fairly easy, with a trail that descends down to a waterfall (dry in the summer) and viewpoint.

From Spalding Road, walk under the wooden sign and enter the forest. Go left on the trail that is parallel to the road and continue until you reach a junction. Continue on the trail to the left towards the waterfall as the trail heads deeper into the forest and begins to descend.

Not too far along the trail, you reach a wooden bench with a view of the waterfall. The waterfall is usually dry during the summer months and after long periods of sunshine, however it's a rellaxing sight to see the water flowing over the edge during the fall and early spring.

Continue down the trail as it descends quickly before going up a few rocky steps. The trail passes through a grove of trees, including the beautiful arbutus trees with their shedding bark. A short distance further and the trail ends with a semi-obstructed view through the trees of Bedwell Harbour.

Return via the same trail, walking back uphill and into the forest, passing the wooden bench by the waterfall and returning to the junction. To do a short loop through the forest, go left and follow the boardwalks as you enjoy the trees and fauna of the rainforest. Go right at a second junction to continue looping through the forest, then a few more steps and you've reached the wooden sign where you began your hike.

How to get to Enchanted Forest

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver

The Enchanted Forest is located on South Pender Island, near Poets Cove.

From the Driftwood Shopping Centre on Pender Island, drive south on Bedwell Harbour Road, which turns into Canal Road as you drive up the first hill. Watch for signs to "South Pender Island" and turn left onto Canal Road (the same street name). Follow the road and cross the single lane bridge onto the South Island.

After crossing the bridge, immediately turn left and continue to follow the main road for the next, roughly 7km. The road is still called Canal Road but, after several kilometres, the road will veer sharply right and become Spalding Road. The road will again veer sharply, this time to the left, then once more to the right. The Enchanted Forest is on the right side of the road. Look for parking just off to the side of the road.

View a map of Driving directions to Enchanted Forest.

Traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish, Semiahmoo, sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), Quw'utsun, Á, LEṈENEȻ ȽTE (W̱SÁNEĆ), Te’mexw Treaty Association, Stz'uminus and Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group.
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Additional Info

Camping at Enchanted Forest

Camping is not permitted at Enchanted Forest.

Dogs at Enchanted Forest

Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Please pick up after your dog.

Toilets at Enchanted Forest

There are no toilet facilities in the Enchanted Forest.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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