Covid-19 Update

Covid-19: A Public Health Emergency: What Pender Harbour and area residents need to know



Updated – May 28


The Pender Harbour and Area Residents Association has prepared the following list of business and services in the Pender Harbour Area detailing measures being taken to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We are  updating this list daily. Please send any updates to PHARA president, Peter Robson, 604 883 9205, email

Can you help? An EMERGENCY FOOD BANK DRIVE is underway in Area A to support the Pender Harbour Food Bank. For more information, Click here 

EMERGENCY FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL NON PROFITS. Contact the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation. Click Here





A new COVID-19 Emergency Food & Essentials hotline has been set up by Sunshine Coast Community Services for families and individuals who cannot afford food or essential items and are not able to access the Food Bank. Phone (604) 865-0832. Open Monday to Friday 9 – 4). Click here for more information. 



The Sunshine Coast COVID Physician Task Force daily reports. Click here 

Pender Harbour Health Centre (604-883-2764) Open 8 am – 4 pm (closed for lunch 12 – 1). Nurse practitioner Annaliese is available by appointment. Lab service 8:15 am – 2 pm Monday to Friday (closed for lunch 12 – 1). Call registered massage therapists and chiropractors for new policies.

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, phone the centre first and they will provide support and direction. The Health Centre has developed a registry of volunteers to drop off groceries etc. to your door without contact if you are self-isolating/ill. The Health Centre wants the community to know that they are there to help. Just call. 

Pender Harbour Doctors. Call the Sechelt Medical Clinic for a phone consultation or, when necessary, a phyical appointment (604-885-2257) with Doctors Forgie, McDowell and Robinson. The doctors are NOT coming to Pender Harbour.

Marina Pharmacy (604-883-2888). Prescriptions must be phoned or emailed ( in ahead of time. Only two people allowed in store at once. Pharmacist can extend existing prescriptions without the doctor signing off. Pharmacy and drug store closed on Sunday and open 9:30 – 5:30 Monday to Saturday.

NOTE RE Emergency Prescription Delivery.  If you are ill, self-isolating or unable to get out but need a prescription filled, they are to call the pharmacy. The pharmacy will contact the paramedics and give the address and phone number of the person it is going to and the delivery will then take place. Note: Please be kind to the pharmacist when ordering your prescription and to the paramedics—We are all trying to work together and realize that all of us have stress, anxiety and fears too. BE KIND TO EACH OTHER.

Pender Harbour Dental (604-883-2997). Dental emergencies only. Office CLOSED until further notice.



Madeira Park Veterinary Hospital ( 604-883-2488). NO ONE IS ALLOWED IN THE HOSPITAL. Office is open Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9 am – 5 pm. Open Monday to Friday for emergency, food and meds. On call days, Saturday, Sunday & evenings. The vet is available “remotely” (by phone) Tuesday and Thursday 9 am – 5 pm and Saturday 9 am to noon. The vet will speak to pet owners outside until further notice. See their Facebook page for updates.



IGA (604-883-9100). Open 8:30 to 6 seven days a week. No reusable bags allowed in the store. Open early for SENIORS ONLY Wednesday and Friday 7:30 am ­– 8:30 am. IGA is encouraging people to shop online and lessen the amount of people in store.

Oak Tree Market (604-883-2411).  Trying to keep social distancing by not allowing too many customers at a time. Good selection of take out meals. Have removed tables/seating from in front of store. See Harbour Pizza in Non-Essential Services below.

John Henry’s Marina & Resort (604-883-2336). Store and liquor open seven days a week, 9 am to 7 pm daily. TAKE OUT is open (limited menu) starting June 1, noon to 7 pm. Inside cafe seating closed, picnic tables outside store. More information in Non-Essential Services below.

Bathgate General Store (604-883-2222). Open 11 to 4:30 Monday to Saturday. No cash transactions, but tap and Interac okay. Previously ordered and paid by credit card orders are picked up outside.

Pender Harbour/Egmont Food Bank (at the P.H. Community Church, 12891 Lagoon Road. In times of emergency, food banks are put under extreme and extraordinary pressure. Not only do community members experience increased financial distress, but students who often receive food at school through a variety of community service groups no longer have access to those important and healthy meals. Due to increasing demand on Food Bank resources, Pender and Egmont clients will meet on alternate Mondays from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Community Church. Pender Clients will meet on Monday April 20 and every second Monday thereafter and Egmont clients will meet on April 27 and every second Monday. Contact Joka Wright, 604-883-9773, email:



Sunshine Coast Credit Union (604-740-2662) Only one member in the bank at a time. New Hours: Tuesday and Friday only 10 am to 2 pm. Member Service Centre (MSC) is Monday to Friday 7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Saturday 7:30 am – 5 pm.

Complementary Financial Advice and Help. Click here



Garden Bay (604-883-1101). Closed Saturdays. One person at a time inside. Parcel pickup at side door. Madeira Park (604-883-9333). Now closing at 4 pm. Queue up outside. One person at a time inside. Parcel pick up inside. If self-isolating, call your local post office to let them know you are sending a friend and give the name of the person. They will have to show ID to get mail. Egmont (604-883-9652). No one is allowed inside. Customers to remain on the deck, only one person at a time. Parcels are handed out the door (Postmistress wearing gloves). 



RCMP streetfront office in Sechelt is closed. Emergency dial 911. Non-emergency, dial 604-885-2266.



BC Ferries. Effective April 4,  BC Ferries has reduced service to six round trips per day on the West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) – Sunshine Coast (Langdale) route. Click here for the new schedule. The ferry schedule between Earls Cove and Saltery Bay (Powell River) has not changed. Passengers may now stay in their cars on any level of the ferry. All food and gift shop service SUSPENDED until further notice.

Sunshine Coast Connector (bus). NOT OPERATING due to Covid-19 until further notice. Check their website for updates

Coastal Rides (ride hailing service) Launch of the service DELAYED until public health directives on social distancing are relaxed.

Sunshine Coast Air (604-740-8889). Reduced schedule Monday to Friday and Sunday. No service Saturday.  

Harbour Air (605-885-8774). Starting June 1, Monday to Friday, two flights daily between Sechelt and Nanaimo. Service to Vancouver via Nanaimo.  

Coastal Air (604-885-4422) all flights cancelled until further notice, we may provide emergency/essential services on a case by case basis.



Public Washrooms/Showers are now open at Millennium Park (Madeira Park Wharf). The facilities, adjacent to the harbourmaster office, are open to the public from 9:30 to 4:30 (closed for lunch noon to 12:30) seven days a week. Special deep cleaning procedures are in place. Fees for showers have been waived. 





Artist Gallery is CLOSED until further notice.

Aqui Es Mexican Restaurant (604-883-2223) (Harbour Spirit Centre, Madeira Park Road). OPEN 11:30 – 7:30 FOR DINING INSIDE AND ON PATIO. TAKE OUT TOO. See photo of menu on Facebook (search for Corner Café Mexican Kitchen).

Backeddy Pub (604-883-2298, Pub CLOSED but marina and acommodation OPEN.

Bargain Barn is CLOSED until further notice.

Bathgate General Store. Laundry NOT open. See also above under “Groceries”

Blues Festival ( The Blues Festival is RESCHEDULED to September 18 – 20.

Community Hall (Madeira Park). All activities that take place in the hall are CANCELLED until further notice.

Community Hall (Egmont). CLOSED until further notice 

Crowe MacKay, formerly Coast Group Accounting (604-883-2622/604-885-2254). Drop off and pick up for current clients only at this time.

Earth Fair Books is CLOSED until further notice.

Egmont playground. Tennis court and playground OPEN.

Euspiria café (604-883-0096) CLOSED until further notice.

Garden Club ( Meetings CANCELLED until further notice.

Grips Recycling (604-883-1165). Open, except Wed and Sunday. Sort at home first. Two people at a time in recycling room. One person at a time in refunds room.

Grasshopper Pub/Liquor Store/Pender Harbour Hotel. Pub and hotel CLOSED until further notice. Liquor store open, one person at a time, 9:30 am to 9 pm. 

Harbour Insurance (604-883-2794). Office temporarily CLOSED to walk-in clients. Renewals, policy changes, cancellations, storage policies; temporary operating permits by mail to ICBC only. New plate policies, transfer of ownership, registration of new or imported vehicles must be in person BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, Tuesday to Saturday 10 – 4 pm. Alternately, check with Sechelt Insurance (604-885-3261).

Harbour Pizza. NOW OPEN Friday and Saturday 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Take out only. Pizza “take and bake” and “ready-to-cook” meals available at Oak Tree during Oak Tree opening hours seven days a week.

Income Tax (Free Tax Clinic) (Harry Drost: 604-741-5132). Procedures have changed due to Covid-19. Click here for more info.

Java Docks cafe. OPEN 7 am – 3 pm. 

John Henry’s Marina & Resort (604-883-2336). See listing under Groceries above. Fuel dock open seven days a week, 10 am – 6 pm. All accommodations, campground, RV’s and transient moorage OPEN.

Liquor Store (BC Govt) (604-883-2737). Open Monday to Saturday 11 am – 5 pm. Closed Sunday. Only two people at a time in store. NOT taking returns. 

Madeira Marina  OPEN for business, but no customers in the building.  Taking phone, email or window orders.  Still operating as normal otherwise. Please don’t approach working mechanics. 

Mamas Japanese Kitchen (604-883-9190) Harbour Spirit Centre, Madeira Park Road). Monday to Saturday, lunch: 12 – 2:30, dinner 4 – 7. Closed Sunday. TAKE OUT ONLY.

Painted Boat Resort (604-883-2456, 12849 Lagoon Rd. Madeira Park). Restaurant, spa, hot tub and pool are all CLOSED. Villas available for booking and are kept empty as long as possible between bookings. NO daily cleaning service. 

Parks, Provincial. As of May 14, Mt. Daniel Trail remains closed, though the rest of Garden Bay Provincial Marine Park is open. Skookumchuck Provincial Park and Francis Point Provincial Park are now open. 

Pender Harbour Aquatic & Fitness Centre CLOSED until further notice.

Pender Harbour Automotive and Tire (604-883-3646). One customer in office at a time. Chains across work bay doors—staff only in work areas.

Pender Harbour Days. CANCELLED

Pender Harbour Diesel (604-883-2616). Limit of two customers in store at a time. 

Pender Harbour Golf Course. OPEN Starting May 8 for all coast golfers, and open to all on May 15. 

Pender Harbour Hikers. CANCELLED until further notice. People are encouraged to hike on their own.

Pender Harbour Legion (604-883-2235). Will likely be CLOSED for a number of months.  The Legion is currently calculating all their necessary expenses and because of the prudent savings put aside, they believe they can survive for at least six months.  

Pender Harbour Reading Centre is CLOSED until further notice.

Pender Harbour School of Music ( All groups, concerts, etc. using this facility are CLOSED until further notice. Check website for updates.

Pender Harbour Transfer Station  Share Shed only is CLOSED until further notice. Please hold off bringing your garbage to the Transfer Station unless it is essential.

Petro Canada (604-883-9327). Window shopping only. Store is CLOSED for walk in shopping. 

Remedy Wellness (in Harbour Spirit Mall) (778-487-2030). No one is allowed in the store. No walkups. Pre-orders only. Phone and leave message with your phone number and they will call back to arrange for your order and a pick up time. 

RONA (604-883-9551). Now closing at 4 pm. Do not enter store if showing any symptoms. Only one person from group or family in store at a time. NOT accepting returns. No loitering inside store. Asking customers consider debit or credit cards instead of cash. Reduced staffing. Consider online shopping.

Royal LePage Sussex. Office closed until further notice.  Contact Agents directly: Dave Milligan (604-741-7373). Mary McKay (604-399-9936). Alan Stewart (604-740-2353).


School District 46 Updates. Click here

            Emergency Letter from the Minister of Education, Rob Fleming. Click here

            Madeira Park Elementary School and Pender Harbour Secondary School (PHSS letter)

            Pender Harbour Community School (604-883-2826/ or All community programs ON HOLD.


Siam99 women’s clothing & gifts at Harbour Spirit Centre. Shortened hours; Wednesday to Saturday 11:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Skookumchuck Museum. CLOSED until further notice.

Sports Fields All SCRD sports fields are CLOSED until further notice.

Stephanie’s Hair Boutique (604-883-0511) OPENING June 1.

Sweet Peas (Corinne/Gay 604-883-9888) OPENING June 2, 10 – 5, call for appointment. 

Triple B’s Burger Shack. CLOSED until further notice.

West Coast Wilderness Lodge (778-280-8610) CLOSED until further notice.

Women’s Connection CANCELLED until further notice.


Additional resources and information


Sechelt Hospital Foundation’s on-going MedTalks series. Sessions address the many psychological elements we face during the current climate of uncertainty.  Together with the help of local Mental Health counsellors on the Coast, the MedTalk series explores ideas and experiences that support our ability to navigate this territory with courage and compassion. Sessions consist of an interactive panel discussion around a theme followed by live questions from the audience. Click here

Complementary Financial Advice and Help. Click here

Open fire prohibition  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect pollutants have on viral respiratory infections, open burning restrictions now in place for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province, including parts of the Sunshine Coast. The ban has been EXTENDED until at least June 15. Click here. NO OPEN BURNING (except for small campfires) in the Pender Harbour/Garden Bay/Egmont fire districts.

Regular updates are posted on the Coast Reporter newspaper website. Click here

For a great description of how the virus spreads and attacks our bodies, check out this excellent video. Click here 

For information on social distancing and self-isolation from the BC Centre for Disease Control. Click here 

For information about the coronavirus from the Sunshine Coast Regional District. Click here

For the BC Government coronavirus symptom self-assessment tool. Click here

For the Government of Canada coronavirus website. Click here

Nicolas Simons, MLA Powell River & Sunshine Coast,  Covid-19 webpages. Click here

Sunshine Coast Community Services Society (SCCSS) (604-885-5881) Services include youth outreach, family intervention, support for families affected by domestic violence, behavioral supports, and a food bank. SCCSS Youth Outreach Program (604-865-0178) includes working to increase youth safety by connecting with and referring youth to local resources, focusing on risk reduction, and promoting a broader understanding of youth issues within the wider community. 

Sunshine Coast Children & Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Local Action Team. Click here
Pender Harbour Youth Clinic (604-883-2344) Drop–in Tuesdays 3 – 5 pm at the Pender Harbour Health Centre.

Special thanks to Jan Verwey for his work on this website and to Sage Robson for helping compile this list.