Prior Centennial (Gulf Islands National Park)

 

Prior Centennial Park has been added to the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada in 2003. This park offers 17 vehicle accessible campsites in the tranquil setting of Northern Pender Island. This rustic campground is set in a pleasantly forested area of cedar, fir, maple, and alder 6 km south of the Otter Bay Ferry terminal. The campground is a great base from which to explore Northern and Southern Pender Islands. Popular activities include swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing at the wonderful beaches of Port Browning and Bedwell Harbour area located a walking distance from the campground, sea kayaking, hiking the trails at nearby Mount Norman and Beaumont Marine Park, and cycling the quiet island roads.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - - - - - Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - - - Wheel Chair Accessibility Beach Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming Scuba Diving - Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - - - - Wildlife Watching - - - - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 17, reservable: 17, nearest town: Port Washington (7 km)

Additional Information

Location

This campground is located on Canal Road 6 km south of the Otter Bay ferry terminal on North Pender Island. Ferries to Pender Island can be taken from Tsawassen terminal on the mainland and from Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island. Please visit http://www.bcferries.com for ferry schedules and fees.

Contact Information

Call 1-800-689-9025 to reserve a campsite or visit www.pc.gc.ca/gulf for more information.

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping fee: $13.85 per party per night. A camper “party” includes up to 8 people with a maximum of 4 persons who are 16 years of age or older, with one vehicle; for an additional vehicle, the fee is $6.90.

Seniors discount of 50% applies to camping fees at Prior Centennial (May 14 – June 14 and after Labour Day until October 15).

Operation Dates

This campground is open for camping from May 15 to October 30. The campground is closed and the gate is locked in the off-season.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Saltwater fishing is possible in the waters near the Pender Islands.

Hiking

Hiking

There is a short 1-km walking trail in the campground. The trail is moderately easy, but does have two steep hills. The trail leads to Ketch Road on the western boundary of the park, where it continues and links up with Schooner Way, Golf Island Disc Park (Disc Golf), and Bosun Way and Galleon Way in Magic Lake Estates.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming is possible from Hamilton Beach on Port Browning and Medicine Beach on Bedwell Harbour, located a walking distance from the campground.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Sea kayaking is popular in the waters near the Pender Islands.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Cyclists can explore the quiet roads of North and South Pender Islands

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