Join Us for S,DÁYES (Pender Islands) (first?) EcoFair!

This fall, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Pender Islands Conservancy alongside other local grassroot organizations, Penderpod and Pender Earth, are hosting a weekend full of conservation, education, restoration and fun. We call this event “Eco Fest”, which will take place on October 22-23, 2022 throughout North and South Pender Islands. This event is open to Pender Island residents and visitors of all ages.

Events throughout the weekend will include a big tree hunting blitz, restoration activities such as tree planting, guided mycology and nature walks, a silent auction, live music and more! Any proceeds raised throughout the weekend will support the permanent protection of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest.

About KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest:


Raincoast and Pender Islands Conservancy are working to raise $2.18 million by the end of 2022 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. 

The idea of creating a festival which celebrates environmentally-focused groups and sustainability initiatives came from Andy MacKinnon, a professional biologist and forest ecologist. The idea then really took shape during a Pender Earth meeting and since then, we have been working together to bring this festival to life! EcoFair creates an opportunity that will not only further the recognition of our land protection initiative but also give local organizations a chance to bring awareness to the wonderful work they do for their community and the environment. 

Over the next two months we hope to receive donations for our silent auction. We also welcome local businesses, artists, and makers to connect with us if they are interested in supporting our conservation work. We also welcome environmentally-focused organizations to contact us if they are interested in hosting an information booth.

Wristbands will be up for purchase coming soon. Each wristband holder will be granted discounts from amenities around Pender Islands such as coffee shops, clothing stores and more.

Please contact Raincoast’s Land Protection intern, Paige Griffin (, to make a contribution or to  get involved.