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North and South Pender Islands, B.C.
Robert Leon

North and South Pender Islands, B.C.

Hidden beaches dot the rocky shoreline, and fields break up the hilly, timbered interior; gravel roads lead to secluded homes, small farms, and artists' studios. They could be two of Washington's San Juan Islands―and would be, if the line had been drawn just a few miles to the north. Instead, North and South Pender Islands―just off Vancouver Island, British Columbia―are among the southernmost of Canada's Southern Gulf Islands, a paradise for paddlers―and anyone who loves hidden beaches small farms, and seaside spas. 

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