Prior Centennial Park is located on North Pender Island in the Gulf Islands, set in the shade of a thick forest of ferns, cedar, fir, maple and alder trees.
Prior Centennial Park is a part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, which protects a portion of British Columbia’s beautiful southern Gulf Islands, a landscape of rocky headlands, forested hills and shorelines studded with colourful tidepools.
One of Canada’s newest national parks, Gulf Islands National Park resembles a patchwork quilt of protected lands scattered over 15 larger islands, and many smaller islets and reefs.
The 16-hectare Prior Centennial Park has a small campground – the only public campground on the Pender Islands – providing 17 drive-in vehicle/tent campsites. The campsite is a great base from which to explore the rest of the Pender Islands. Facilities at Prior Centennial include pit toilets, a fresh water pump, fire pits, and picnic tables. Reservations are recommended during the summer months. Campsite reservations can be made by phone at 1-877-737-3783, or through the Parks Canada Reservation Service (www.pccamping.ca/parkscanada/).
There is a short 1-km walking trail in the campground, the Heart Trail, covering 2 kilometres for the out and back trail. 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.
Within walking distance from the Prior Centennial Campground you can reach Hamilton Beach on Port Browning and Medicine Beach on Bedwell Harbour, both ideal for beachcombing, a picnic, or a refreshing swim.
Prior Centennial Park is located on North Pender Island, in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, 4 miles (6 km) southeast of the Otter Bay Ferry Terminal. Access to the park is off Canal Road.
BC Ferries provides a vehicle and passenger ferry service to Otter Bay Ferry Terminal from Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island (Victoria) and from Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver on the BC mainland.
Prior Centennial Park is located close to Mount Norman Park and Beaumont on South Pender Island, both of which are also part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
The shoreline of North and South Pender Islands attracts kayakers, canoeists, fisherman and scuba divers. Cycling is a great way to explore the islands as there are so many roads and beautiful beaches to discover.
Nearby Regions & Towns
Parks Canada – British Columbia
Box 129, 23433 Mavis Avenue
Fort Langley, BC, V1M 2R5
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
2220 Harbour Road
Sidney, BC, V8L 2P6