• Difficulty Easy
  • Time 0.5 hours
  • Round-Trip 1km
  • Elevation Gain minimal
  • Season year-round
  • Camping No
  • From Vancouver n/a
  • Public Transit No
  • Dog Friendly On-Leash

Roesland is located on North Pender Island and is part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. The park has a short trail on an Islet that passes several Arbutus trees and provides scenic views of the Salish Sea and the passing boats. It's a great place to take kids to play near the water or have a picnic.

Roesland was originally a farm before being converted to a resort that operated from the 1920's until 1990. Several of the buildings are still standing and can be explored. The Pender Islands Museum is located in an old house and is generally open on weekends.

It's a short walk form the parking lot down the gravel path to the museum and buildings. Just beyond the buildings is a small beach area. Walk to the right side, down the steps and cross over to the stairs that go up to the trail on the Islet. Follow the trail through the trees, catching glimpses of the water and some of the birds that frequent the area.

The trail eventually reaches a bench. Climb over the rocks to where the end of the Islet is, offering scenic shoreline views. The BC Ferries can be seen passing by, including the large ferry connecting Vancouver to Victoria and the ferries that arrive at Otter Bay on Pender Island.

Walk back along the trail to the area of Roesland where the buildings are. There are some other areas along the water you can explore before heading back up the gravel trail to the parking lot.

How to get to Roesland

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver

Roesland is located on North Pender Island. Driving from the Driftwood Centre Shopping Centre, drive north and follow Bedwell Harbour Road. Turn left onto Otter Bay Road. Just after turning onto Otter Bay Road, veer to the left to follow South Otter Bay Road (not the Otter Bay Road to the ferry terminal). Follow South Otter Bay Road for about 1.5km and watch for signs for Roesland or Pender Islands Museum on the right.

View a map of Driving directions to Roesland.

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 Roesland

Camping is not permitted at Roesland.

Dogs at Roesland

Dogs are allowed in the National Park but must be on a leash and under control. Please pick up after your dog.

Toilets at Roesland

Toilets are located near the museum buildings.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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