Pender Islands

PENDER ISLANDS, North and South, 34 sq km, are 2 of the GULF ISLANDS in GEORGIA STRAIT between southern VANCOUVER ISLAND and the mainland. They were once joined by a neck of land called the Indian Portage. Construction of a canal through this land bridge in 1911 separated the islands until a highway bridge rejoined them in 1955. ARCHAEOLOGICAL excavations at PENDER CANAL have revealed evidence of human occupation going back 6,000 years (see SALISHAN FIRST NATIONS). Most of the 1,935 permanent...

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