Family Day in B.C. is February 8th, as a holiday between Christmas and Easter during the dullest time of year. Hmmm....it was not dull this year. I woke up in the morning to find the most sunshine I had seen in awhile. I was so excited that me and my boys quickly ate breakfast, got dressed and jumped into the car. I had been wanting to visit this park since moving to Pender Island, and today seemed like the perfect day!
So we headed off to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve "Roe Islet Trail". Home to Pender Island Museum. At this point all I knew was that a museum was at this park near the ocean. We were ready to check it out.
After parking, I put the baby into my fab baby backpack and together with my model (my four year old little man), we headed down a gravel road. As we Passed remnants of Roeland we came upon Roe House...so we took a look.
During the winter months Pender Island Museum is closed. But it still creates an environment for exploring. For more info on the museum visit http://penderislandmuseum.org/. I will definitely return after Easter to see the inside of the museum and learn more about the Roe family.
This park is beautiful! And I noticed there is a lot of places to sit and enjoy the scenery. From chairs, to bench's, to picnic tables. This is the perfect place to sit, maybe with coffee in hand or a snack and enjoy the beauty around you.
After exploring Roe house we headed down to the water. I found that the key to visiting Roe Islet Park is to go at low tide. This is important if you want to head over to what looks like an island (I don't think it technically is though). It is only accessable during low tide. We were lucky and visited at the perfect time. From this area you see Ella Bay (as pictured in the first couple of images above with the emerald water...swoon, beautiful!) and the other side is Otter Bay (with amazing blue water. Can you believe this is February!). So after my son spent some time throwing rocks into Otter Bay, we headed up to the next part of our adventure.
We walked the path surrounded by nature, with views of Ella Bay on one side, and Otter Bay on the other side following us the entire walk. At the end is more benches and a fantastic view where you can sit and watch sail boats and BC Ferries sail by.
As we headed back, my little man ran and danced the way back to the car. This was as fun for him as it was for me. This park is truly a gem on Pender Island and we will return often.
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