Roesland, Gulf Islands National Park, North Pender Island

Roesland is a remarkable seaside park with an arbutus and Douglas-fir-covered islet, Roe Islet. Once a farm, Roseland was turned into a resort in the 1920s and remained popular resort until it closed in the 1990. Fortunately for the people of Pender and all the visitors the area was acquired for the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada and while many of the older dilapidated buildings have been torn down, many have been restored. The Pender Island Museum is located in one of these old buildings.

It only takes about 15 minutes to walk to the end of Roe islet, where you’ll find bench to rest on. This is a good spot to watch the sunset from with amazing views across the channel to Salt Spring Island. A highlight in spring is the bloom of thousands of gorgeous fawn lilies. This area is a wonderful place for picnicking and relaxing. Watch for eagles, sea stars and harbor seals.

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The Pender Island Museum at Roesland, North Pender Island
The Pender Island Museum at Roesland, North Pender Island
The bench at the end of Roe Islet, a perfect place to spend the afternoon
The bench at the end of Roe Islet, a perfect place to spend the afternoon
Roe Islet at sunset, Roesland, North Pender Island
Roe Islet at sunset, Roesland, North Pender Island