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February 4, 2008

In passing…

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Photo: Jocko

Looking northerly toward Mortimer Spit from the bridge over the canal. South Pender is in the near right and North Pender, the near left and distance.

XELISEN. First Nation peoples lived here from 6000 to 2000 years ago. They call it Xelisen (Helisen) meaning “lying between” for the ithmus that connected North and South Pender Islands. It was an encampment used for harvesting the food resources of nearby waters and beaches. Archeologists have recorded information from sites on both sides of the isthmus. It is a Provincial Heritage Site. (courtesy of the Pender Islands Museum Society, 1993)

Another plaque at the same site states: Pender Island Portage. Near this point passed an ancient trail over which indians [sic] portaged their canoes between Browning and Bedwell harbours. Across this neck of land, Pioneer settlers later dragged their boats on skids for visits between the scattered island families or to shorten the journey to Sidney by sail and row-boat. In 1903, at local request, the federal government constructed the nearby canal dividing Pender Island. (Province of British Columbia, 1972)

See “Interesting Islander Profile No. 1” in the Arts and Entertainment category regarding Gwen and her store at the Driftwood Centre and her reflections on being Native.

January 13, 2008


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On the endangered technology watchlist, one of the few remaining telephone booths left over from the last century, is hiding out on Pender Island. And it hasn’t even been vandalized. That’s what a great place Pender Island is!

You are a true islander if you feel odd when someone doesn’t wave or say hello in passing.  Then you start to think, “Are they mad at me for some reason”.  Your imagination starts to run wild, and you  bolt down to the phone booth and go through your telephone tree list hoping to find out what’s what.

January 4, 2008

Pender memory of the month…

Filed under: Ramblings — Jocko @ 6:58 pm

Photo: Jocko

The Hope Bay Store as it was in October, 1997.  The buildings were razed by fire in the early hours of Sunday, February 23, 1998.  For the history of the store, and the many  shops and services now located at the new Hope Bay Store, almost 10 years later, visit:

December 11, 2007

Pender memory of the month…

Filed under: Ramblings — Jocko @ 8:15 pm

Photo: Jocko

The pub at Bedwell Harbour Resort in the early 1990’s, since replaced by Poet’s Cove Resort and Marina, South Pender.

November 13, 2007

Something to ponder…

Filed under: Ramblings — Jocko @ 1:43 pm

 Submitted by John Jones:
“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before”

May 1, 2007

‘Tis the season…

Filed under: Ramblings — Jocko @ 1:30 am

 Originally posted Dec. 19, 2007

to be jolly! Hoping all of you get what you wished for in your Christmas stockings!

From your PenderBlog moderator Jocko, and all the staff (consisting of me and the flock of lark sparrows feeding on the fir cones outside my window), have a festive Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

Quote of the week: by Eleanor Roosevelt

Filed under: Ramblings — Jocko @ 12:50 am

Submitted by John Jones:
“Friends, you and me…you brought another friend…and then there were three…we started a group…our circle of friends…and like that circle…there is no beginning or end…yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.”

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