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Local Events Calendar

Things to See & Do Around Pender Harbour & the Sunshine Coast

Special thanks to Myrtle Winchester for providing much of the information on this page.


January

Annual Polar Bear Swim

Gibsons, Davis Bay & Garden Bay

Robbie Burns Day Dinner

Pender Harbour Legion

This winter ceilidh for Scots and the Scottish at heart celebrates the birth of the bard with traditional food (haggis), music (piping), entertainment and dancing (high-stepping) and more.

Inspirations Wedding Fair

Sechelt Indian Band Hall, Sechelt

Web: sunshinecoastweddingfair.ca


February

Annual Ceilidh Night

Backeddy Marine Pub – Egmont

Phone: 604-883-3614


March

Wine Tasting

Pender Harbour Community Hall – Madeira Park

This annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Pender Harbour, established in 2006, includes canapes and, for those who actually swallow the wine, free rides home. All ticket sales are in advance, adults only.


April

Artwave

Pender Harbour

ArtWave is usually held during Easter weekend in April.

Sechelt Farmers Market (April to September)

Raven’s Cry Theatre Parking Lot, Sechelt

Held every Saturday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Raven’s Cry Theatre parking lot in Sechelt, the Sechelt Farmers Market features artisans, farm produce, home baking, pickles and preserves and live entertainment.

Annual April Fool’s Half Marathon

Gibsons Park Plaza to Sechelt

Web: www.foolsrun.com

Starting at Gibsons Park Plaza and finishing in Sechelt. Sunshine Coast Hwy. Run, walk or relay this 13.1 marathon from Gibsons to Sechelt or try the half-marathon.

April Tools Wooden Boat Challenge

Madeira Park

This growing event, held the last weekend in April at Millennium Park in Madeira Park, attracts people from all over the coast. Teams of up to 4 people have 3 hours to construct a boat from the materials provided, using only hand tools and cordless screw guns! Once building is complete, teams are divided into heats and the races are on. Lots of activities for the whole family.


May

Annual Wood Duck Festival

Ruby Lake Resort, Pender Harbour

Held at the Ruby Lake Resort on the Sunshine Coast Highway, this festival includes tours, hikes, activities for children, crafts, live music, guest environmental speakers and an outdoor barbecue lunch, making for a fun-filled day.

Attack Of Danger Bay

Pender Harbour

Web: www.coastlongboarding.com

Local and other coast longboarders host international talent in a fast-paced professional downhill longboard race, followed by an awards ceremony and dance in the Madeira Park Community Hall.

Annual Pender Harbour May Day Celebrations

Madeira Park

With the first Pender Harbour May Day held in 1946, ours is the second-oldest May Day celebration in the province (New Westminster has the oldest). It features a parade, fly-over, fairground entertainment, live music, face painting, beer garden, arts and craft fair, food, concessions, salmon barbecue, dances, contests and games for children and adults.

Sunshine Coast Drag Races

Field Road Airport, Wilson Creek


June

Egmont Days

Egmont Community Hall and Egmont Park

The Egmont Community Club puts on this annual celebration featuring a kids’ fishing derby and games, arts / craft fair, contests, food, concessions, raffles and an old-time family dance with a live band at the Egmont Hall.

Pender Harbour Blues Festival

Held throughout the Pender Harbour area

Web: www.penderharbourbluesfestival.com

Many shades of the blues are represented in this 3 day event, held the first weekend of June. Blues from Mississippi delta to right here in Pender Harbour, featuring many top blues performers.

Annual Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival

Gibsons

Web: www.coastjazz.com

Sechelt Night Markets

Sechelt

The Sechelt downtown Business Association presents night markets on Cowrie Street between Inlet and Wharf Street with music, food, crafters, and fun for children.


July

Canada Day Celebrations

Gibsons, Sechelt, & Halfmoon Bay

Celebrate Canada’s birthday with parades, food and live entertainment. Events take place in Gibsons at Winegarden Waterfront Park, in downtown Sechelt and Hackett Park in Sechelt, and Cooper’s Green in Halfmoon Bay where there is an evening fireworks display.

Annual Malaspina Regatta

Garden Bay, Pender Harbour

The Garden Bay Sailing Club hosts the biggest regatta of the area every Canada Day weekend. All classes and sizes of sailboats compete for trophies, and a handicap system ensures that the biggest boat doesn’t necessarily win. The day starts with a skippers’ breakfast and ends with an awards ceremony and barbecue.

Tel: 604-883-2689

Annual Halfmoon Bay Country Fair

Halfmoon Bay

This old fashioned community fair starts with a scavenger hunt and reception barbecue on Friday night. Activities include a kids decorated bike parade and fishing derby, a bocce ball tournament, an Italian family dinner on Saturday, and the weekend finishes Sunday with a 3 mile run from Connor Park to Cooper’s Green fairgrounds, a pancake breakfast, craft fair and live entertainment.

Annual Sea Cavalcade

Gibsons

www.seacavalcade.ca

Various locations in Gibsons feature free live outdoor performances, an opening night salmon barbecue and fireworks, parade, kids’ fun day, logger sports, aerial demonstrations and a windup barbecue and family fun night in Dougall Park.


August

Mission Boat Rendezvous

Hospital Bay in Garden Bay

Every second year, in conjunction with Hospital Bay Days, Coast Columbia Mission Boats from all over the west coast of North America return to the former St. Mary’s Hospital at Hospital Bay. The event features marine and historical displays, boat tours, special guests, arts and craft fair, marine competitions and concessions.

Hospital Bay Days

Hospital Bay in Garden Bay

Held on the site of the former St. Mary’s Hospital (Sundowner Inn), Hospital Bay Days includes historical displays, tours and events including an arts and craft fair, marine demonstrations, competitions and special guests.

Pender Harbour Show ‘N Shine

Garden Bay

Web: www.penderharbour.org

Hot rods and cool classics are awarded trophies and prizes (spectators’ votes determine the winners) in this family-oriented afternoon of cars. Live music, remote-control racing, hill buggy rod rides for the kids, art, crafts, food and prize draws all day long. Admission is free, with all proceeds going to the Egmont Volunteer Fire Department. Held in conjunction with Coasters Car Club “Sleepy Hollow Rod Run” weekend events.

Festival of the Rolling Arts

various locations

www.skylark.ca/coasters.html

Several events held throughout the coast, including the Annual Sleepy Hollow Rod Run, Show ‘N Shine in Sechelt, the Pender Harbour Show ‘N Shine and drag races at Sechelt Airport.

Sunshine Coasts Festival Of The Written Arts

Sechelt

Web: www.writersfestival.ca

Join Canada’s longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting new voices, with opportunities for writers and readers to mingle amidst Rockwood’s heritage gardens. Past guests include Rex Murphy and Chantal Hebert from The National on CBC and Mike McCardell from Global BC.

Tel: 1-800-565-9631

Hackett Park Summer Craft Fair

Sechelt

Web: www.suncoastarts.com

The Hackett Park Summer Craft Fair is one of BC’s largest and best juried craft fair, with more than a 100 booths with outstanding work from BC’s top artisans.

Annual Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival

Madeira Park

Web: www.penderharbourmusic.ca

Established in 2005, the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival is presented under the umbrella of the Pender Harbour Music Society at their intimate waterfront performance centre known as the Music School. The society reminds us that “chamber music doesn’t bite”!

Annual Astronomy Day In The Park

Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, Sechelt

This family event includes safe viewing of the sun through solar telescopes, kid’s planet walk and crafts in the afternoon and a presentation in the amphitheatre at dusk.

Davis Bay Sandcastle Competition

Davis Bay, Sechelt

Bonfire Music Festival

Kleindale, Pender Harbour

Web: www.bonfirefestival.com

Three days of roots, groove, funk and folk music with performers from Vancouver and beyond in a fair-like atmosphere at Lions Park, along with onsite camping, great food, artists and other vendors.

Wooden Boat Festival

Web: www.woodenboatfestival.ca


September

Pender Harbour Jazz Festival

Pender Harbour

www.penderharbourmusic.ca/jazz

Known for offering a smorgasbord of jazz styles, the festival also features Swing, Big Band, Torch Songs, Hot Guitar, Cool Vibes, Traditional, Progressive, and Classical – just about any type of jazz you can think of! And all will be performed in the Festival’s unique tradition of all-around-the-Harbour venues: al fresco, in local pubs, at the Community Hall, the Golf Course, and even in a private art gallery. Venues include Painted Boat.

Skookum White Water Challenge

Egmont

This professional kayak rodeo is held every fall at the extreme white water of Skookumchuck Rapids in Egmont, sponsored by the White Water Kayakers Association of BC.


October

Sunshine Coast Mushroom Festival

Pender Harbour

PENDER FALL FAIR

Madeira Park

This annual family fair with a harvest theme at the Pender Harbour Legion features competitions for baking, cookie decorating (kids only), preserves, produce, wine, photography and milking Hilda the Harbour Heifer. Plus a dog agility show, pony rides, face painting, hay rides, boat building for kids, Bouncy Castle vendors and live entertainment.

Pender Harbour Classic Golf Tournament

Kleindale

This open tournament (no pros) at the Pender Harbour Golf Club offers a $25,000 cash hole-in-one prize. Tickets (available at the Pro Shop) include golf, lunch and prizes. 8:30 am shotgun start.

Halloween Fireworks Display

Garden Bay & Madeira Park

A spectacular fireworks display detonated on the water, with music, provides a great show from a variety of vantage points on Halloween night. Bonfire, hot dogs, hot chocolate and coffee at Seafarer’s Park. Thanks to the Pender Harbour Fire Department and generous community supporters for providing this great Halloween event for the whole community.


November

Remembrance Day Parade

Madeira Park

Lest we forget…. Join the community in remembering with a colour party parade through Madeira Park, laying of wreaths at the cenotaph, live entertainment, complimentary refreshment, beef stew and lots of camaraderie at the Legion 112 on November 11. The parade starts at 10:00 am.

Ladies Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Craft Fair

Madeira Park

A showcase of local and coast-wide talent for sale just in time for Christmas.


December

Artwave Tour

Pender Harbour

Visit a selection of Pender Harbour artists who open their studios and galleries to the public and offer refreshments, as well as donating a portion of their sales to their local food bank.

Light The Lights – Sechelt

Sechelt

Chorolations and Music Maker Choirs with the Chatelech Band accompany Santa to start the traditional light display at Rockwood Center.

Light The Lights – Madeira Park

Madeira Park

Join this community celebration as the lights are turned on our tree in the center of Madeira Park to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Carole Ships Cruise

Madeira Park & Garden Bay

Lavishly decorated boats of all sizes and types provide seasonal music and a festive spectacle to an on-shore audience the Friday evening before Christmas. Join in with your own boat or as a caroller on any of the boats that stop at a variety of pick up stops and cruise the harbour.

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Location

Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina
PO Box 153
12849 Lagoon Road
Madeira Park
British Columbia, Canada
V0N 2H0

Phone: 604-883-2456
Toll Free: 1-866-902-3955
Fax: 604-883-2122
Email: reservations@paintedboat.com

Painted Boat is located just 2:45 hours from Vancouver / 3:30 hours from the USA border