Trees to Seas EcoFair, October 22nd-23rd

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

This fall, Pender Islands Conservancy and Raincoast, alongside PenderPOD, are hosting a weekend full of conservation, education, restoration, and fun on S,DÁYES. 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 by donation (pay-what-you can). Some EcoFair events require pre-registration and/or additional payment. 

All proceeds raised through event registration and other activities will support the permanent protection of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest. 

Wristbands are available for purchase on EventBrite until October 21, 2022 and can be picked up at the Pender Islands Conservancy Nature Centre at Hope Bay starting in mid-September. 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.

Salal flowers.
Photo by Alex Harris.

EcoFair events

Below is a preliminary agenda of events planned throughout the weekend. It will be periodically updated in the weeks leading up to EcoFair weekend with new events, so be sure to periodically check back.

Saturday October 22, 2022

Time Event  Location Registration required? Cost
10AM - 2PM

EcoExpo and Q&A
An educational event featuring booths from organizations including Parks Canada, Raincoast, The Land Conservancy, and others. We will also be hosting conversational Q&A’s with conservation and sustainability experts throughout the afternoon. A new talk will begin at half past the hour, each hour of EcoExpo with the first commencing at 9:30AM. A schedule will be posted in mid-October.

Pender Islands Community Hall (4418 Bedwell Harbour Rd, Pender Island) No Free
10AM - 3PM

Silent auction
A chance to support the purchase of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest and win some amazing products and experiences from local businesses. 

Hope Bay Studio(4301 Bedwell Harbour Rd, Pender Island) No Free
11AM - 3PM

Native tree pick-up for independent planting
The Pender Islands Conservancy will have a stock of native tree species available for affordable purchase at the Nature Centre at Hope Bay throughout EcoFair weekend. We encourage all residents of S,DÁYES to plant a tree (or several) for the future!

Pender Islands Conservancy Nature Centre (4301 Bedwell Harbour Road) No Purchase required
11AM - 12:30PM

Hike & big tree measuring tutorial with Shauna Doll of Raincoast Conservation Foundation
An opportunity to learn how to identify characteristic tree species in BC’s coastal forests, measure the biggest trees you find, and nominate them to your local big tree registry. 

Mount Menzies Trailhead(End of Hooson Road) No Free
11AM - 1:30PM

Fungi Foray with Hugues Massicotte
A chance to walk about KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest and learn more about local mycology.

KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest(6621 Harbour Hill Drive) Yes (limit of 15 people) $15.00 per person
1PM - 4PM

Restoration at QENEṈ,IW̱ (Hay Point) with PEPAḴEṈ HÁUTW̱
PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Foundation provides participatory education opportunities to contribute to the restoration and revitalization of native ecosystems in the W̱SÁNEĆ homelands. The QENEṈ,IW̱ Restoration Project seeks to heal the land through invasive species removal. 

More details forthcoming No Free
7PM-9:30PM

Evening Gala Fundraiser
Sample local wine, snacks, and mingle with conservation experts and fellow sustainably-minded folks. Featuring music by Lester Quitzau.

Sea Star Winery (6621 Harbour Hill Dr.) Yes (limit of 40 people) $50.00

Sunday October 23, 2022

Time Event  Location Registration required? Cost
9AM- 11:30

Fungi Foray with Hugues Massicotte
A chance to walk about KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest and learn more about local mycology.

KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest(6621 Harbour Hill Drive) Yes (limit of 15 people) $15.00 per person
10AM - 3PM

Silent auction
A chance to support the purchase of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest and win some amazing products and experiences from local businesses. 

Hope Bay Studio(4301 Bedwell Harbour Rd, Pender Island) No Free
11AM - 3PM

Native tree pick-up for independent planting
The Pender Islands Conservancy will have a stock of native tree species available for affordable purchase at the Nature Centre at Hope Bay throughout EcoFair weekend. We encourage all residents of S,DÁYES to plant a tree (or several) for the future!

Pender Islands Conservancy Nature Centre  No Purchase required
1-4PM

Meadow Making with Shauna Doll
Participate in  creating a native plant meadow in S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest and learn more about the ecological benefits of restoring these special ecosystems.

S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest (3600 Sailor Road) Yes (limit of 20 people) Free
Green frog amongst moss.
Photo by Alex Harris.

EcoExpo

On Saturday, October 22, there will be an EcoExpo at the Pender Islands Community Hall from 9AM to 2PM. Entrance to the Eco-Expo is free and will not require a wristband. Attendees can visit informational tables hosted by representatives from a variety of organizations doing environmental work across S,DÁYES including Raincoast, the Pender Islands Conservancy, PenderPod, Pender Earth, Parks Canada, and others. There is still time to participate as a table host! If you are interested in being involved, please fill out this survey before the end of the day on September 23, 2022.

Throughout the EcoExpo there will be Q&A-style talks scheduled with local conservation and sustainability experts. A schedule of talks will be posted in the coming weeks.

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.

Donors to the Silent Auction include:

Arc’teryx, North Park Bike Shop, Munro’s Books, Fjällräven Victoria, Tree of Life Eco Tours, Palli Paddle, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Patagonia, EcoCruising Tours, Symphony Vineyard, 10 Acres Restaurants & Farm, Driftwood Brewing Co., Zambri’s, Pender Island Kayak Adventures, Jo’s Place, Twin Island Cider, BC Liquor Store, Dara Woodworks, Marina Wright Art, Sandy Shreve, and Kim Pollard.

Business Sponsorship

In addition to gaining access to the many planned EcoFair activities, those who make a donation to secure a wristband 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.

  • Sea Star winery – 50% discount on guided and self-guided wine tastings throughout the EcoFair weekend (Oct 21-23)
  • Talisman Books – One free used book of your choice with the purchase of any new book 

About KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest

The Pender Islands Conservancy and Raincoast 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 $1.3 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. 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 makers to connect with us if they are interested in supporting our conservation work.

Close up of a Belted Kingfisher with trees in the background.
Photo by Oliver Tweedie.