Thursday, 30 October 2014

Port Washington, Pender Island - History, Beauty and a Mink

Walking in the Port Washington area of North Pender Island is a pleasant amble amongst coastal ocean viewpoints, charming cottage houses and historic buildings, farmhouses, and orchards.

Start at Port Washington, for easy parking, and then walk up towards Otter Bay Road to the Grimer Bay ocean viewpoint.
Climb down the stairs to the water. There is no beach here, just a lookout on some rocks.
Vintage Boathouse at Grimer Bay 
View Out Over Grimer Bay, Pender Island
Head back towards Port Washington. Check out the cottages and orchards along these quiet roads. Old Orchard Farm, one of the original residences of this area, has many apple, pear and plum trees.
Quiet Country Roads
Port Washington was one of the original pioneering communities on Pender Island. Head towards the old General Store, first established in 1910. The building ceased as a general store in 1987, and has fallen a bit on harder times with no current commercial tenant.
Old General Store, Port Washington Pender Island 
Walk down to the dock. This is a floatplane terminal now as well as boat dock, where Pender high school students can catch the watertaxi boat over to school each week day on neighbouring Salt Spring Island.

Down on the dock, I saw what appeared at first to be an otter, but as it ran closer across the dock, I saw it was too small to be an otter, it was a mink. These are sometimes spotted near the water on Pender Island.
Mink Crossing Port Washington Dock, Pender Island 

Head for the Hills
You never know what you may spot on a walk here on Pender Island!

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