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Join Pender Islands Conservancy, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and PenderPOD for a weekend of restoration, education, and environmental action from October 22-23


This fall, Pender Islands Conservancy and Raincoast Conservation Foundation, alongside PenderPOD, are hosting a weekend full of conservation, education, restoration, and fun on S,DÁYES. The EcoFair will span two days from October 22-23, 2022 featuring events across North and South Pender Islands. This event is open to Pender Island residents and visitors of all ages.

ecofair tickets

Attendance at EcoFair requires a wristband reservation. Wristbands are free with an option to make a donation. Some EcoFair events require pre-registration and/or payment. Any proceeds raised through event registration and other activities will support the permanent protection of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest. Wristbands will be available online through EventBrite by the end of August and can be picked up at the Pender Islands Conservancy Nature Centre at Hope Bay starting in early October. Those coming from off island can pick up their wristband any time during EcoFair weekend. Members of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations are invited to attend all events free of charge, while members of other Indigenous communities are welcomed on a sliding scale.


Saturday October 22, 2022

SUNDAY October 23, 2022


On Saturday, October 22, there will be an EcoExpo at the Pender Islands Community Hall from  10AM to 2PM. Entrance to the Eco-Expo is free and will not require a wristband. Attendees can visit the Kid's Zone and informational tables hosted by representatives from a variety of organizations doing environmental work across S,DÁYES including:


During the expo there will be a "Conservation Conversation Corner" where local experts will make a brief, informal presentation, followed by an organic audience Q&A. Each session will be about thirty minutes long depending on the level of audience participation. This is a chance to hear from scientists working in the region on topics that interest or directly impact you! Come ready to learn and possibly discover new opportunities to apply your newly gained knowledge!

Forest Covenant 

silent auction

A silent auction will take place throughout the weekend at the Studio at Hope Bay. All items in the silent auction have been donated by local and/or ethical/sustainable businesses, brands, and local tour operators. The suite of items have been curated to equip bid winners with everything they need to have a unique experience in the Gulf Islands/Greater Victoria region. Bids can only be made in person during EcoFair. Please note, if you are interested in bidding on the Untitled painting by Kim Pollard, as described in our Art Supporting Science article, you must attend the EcoFair Gala on October 22. 

Donors Include

business sponsorship

In addition to gaining access to the many planned EcoFair activities, those who make a donation to participate will have exclusive access to discounts and deals at participating businesses across S,DÁYES! A full list of discounts is available below and will be periodically updated in weeks to come.

50% discount on guided and self-guided wine tastings throughout the EcoFair weekend (Oct 21-23)

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One free used book of your choice with the purchase of any new book

Purchase a special Kingfisher cookie on October 22-23 and all proceeds will go to supporting the purchase of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest.


KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest

The Pender Islands Conservancy and Raincoast Conservation Foundation are working together to raise $2.18 million to purchase 45 acres of intact Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) habitats near Razor Point on North Pender Island, a place we call KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest. The CDF biogeoclimatic zone, characteristic to the Gulf Islands and southeastern Vancouver Island, is the smallest and most biodiverse of 16 such zones in British Columbia, yet also the most threatened. So far we have raised $1.4 million, bringing us 65% of the way to our final goal. This fundraising campaign must be completed by December, 2022.

The idea for Eco Fair originally came from Andy MacKinnon, forest ecologist and retired professional forester, but it really came to life during a Pender Earth meeting early in the summer of 2022. Since then, many organizations have pulled together to make the idea a reality. The purpose of EcoFair is to give local organizations a platform to increase public awareness of the work they do, while also advancing the KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest land protection campaign.

Over the next two months we hope to receive donations in support of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest’s permanent protection. We are also accepting donations for our silent auction. We encourage local businesses, artists, and artisans to connect with us if they are interested in supporting our conservation work.

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