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  • Pender Harbour Health Centre - 604-883-2764.
  • Pender Harbour Doctors’ Office - 604-883-2344.
  • Pender Harbour Dentists’ Office - 604-883-2997
  • Poison Control Centre - 1-800-567-8911.
  • Mental Health Crisis Line - 1-866-611-3311.
  • Health Link BC (live help 24/7 from a registered nurse) - 811.
  • Marina Pharmacy - 604-883-2888
  • St. Mary’s Hospital - 604-885-2224.

Health Centre

  • Pender Harbour Health Centre - 5066 Francis Peninsula Road, Madeira Park - 604-883-2764.
    • Schedule - Oct-June: Monday-Friday 8-5, July-Sept: Additional openings Sat 10-2.
    • Profile - Emergency treatment, minor procedures, limited tests, counseling and other services are provided by onsite and visiting health care workers. Office space is leased to doctors, a dentist, chiropractor, physiotherapist and other healthcare professionals who are available by appointment.
    • Nursing services - Blood pressure monitoring, wound dressing, injections, ear canal syringing, diet counseling, breast self-exam instruction, diabetic counseling and glucometer checks. Drawing of blood, electrocardiograms and specimen dispatch are available.
    • Loan Cupboard - Wheelchairs, crutches, canes, walkers, commode chairs, raised toilet seats, pulmo-aides and more are available to patients for short-term use.
    • Referrals - Patients may be referred to the BC Ambulance Service and other health-care agencies by health centre employees. Doctor-tenants at the Health Centre may refer patients to specialists on and off the Sunshine Coast, and may refer patients for in-home nursing care.
    • Management - The Pender Harbour Health Centre is administered by the Pender Harbour Health Centre Society. The health centre is funded by taxation delivered through the Sunshine Coast Regional District and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, and proceeds from office rental, Bargain Barn thrift store sales, donations, membership dues and other fundraisers.
    • Offsite link >> Pender Harbour Health Centre.


  • St. Mary’s Hospital - 5544 Highway 101, Sechelt - 604-885-2224.
    • Profile - 32-beds, emergency room, surgery (closed two weeks in summer), laboratory, ultrasound, x-ray and CAT scan.
    • Transfers & Referrals - Some patients are referred or transferred to Vancouver for specialized surgeries, procedures and treatments when St. Mary’s resources are inadequate.
    • Mammograms - Women do not require a doctor’s referral to book a routine mammogram. Call 1-800-663-9203.
    • News - A $44 million expansion to more than double the size of St. Mary’s, funded by the BC Ministry of Health and hospital district, is expected to be complete in 2012/13.

Programs & Services

  • Off-Coast Appointments - A pass for free travel on the Langdale-Horseshoe Bay ferry is available to patients traveling to the Lower Mainland for a referred medical appointment. The pass covers the cost of the patient’s fare, vehicle fare, and fare for a pre-approved driver or passenger. The pass must be obtained from a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital, and completed in advance. The referring physician’s registration number is necessary to complete the form.
  • Coast Garibaldi Community Health Unit - Sechelt - 604-885-5164.
    • Services - A public health nurse visits the Pender Harbour Health Centre to deliver programs and services including Individual and family counseling for adults and children, TB testing, STD (sexually transmitted disease) testing and a travel clinic.
  • Outreach Health Meals Program, Pender Harbour - 604-883-2819.
    • In partnership with the Pender Harbour Health Centre, the Area A Seniors Housing Society offers residents home delivery of nutritious, frozen meals for $10 per serving. Food is prepared at the Pender Harbour Legion kitchen. This service is not restricted to seniors.
  • Parenting Programs
    • Ministry of Children & Families - 604-740-8900.
    • Pender Harbour Health Centre - 604-883-2764.
      • Programs & Services - Prenatal advice, parent-tot drop-ins and well-baby clinics. Individual and family counseling for children and other child/youth programs and services are available through the Coast Garibaldi Community Health Unit.
  • Mental Health Services
    • Mental Health Crisis Line - 1-866-611-3311.
    • Coast Garibaldi Health Unit - 604-885-5164.
    • Pender Harbour Health Centre - 604-883-2764.
  • Provincial Health Insurance - 1-800-663-7100.
  • Sunshine Coast Home Care Services - 604-741-0728.
  • Seniors’ Supplement - 1-800-815-2363.


Pender Harbour (Garden Bay) is historically significant as the location of the Sunshine Coast’s first hospital, St. Mary’s. Built by the Columbia Coast Mission, with substantial help and donations from locals, it opened on August 16, 1930. It was moved to Sechelt in 1964 and locally replaced with Pender Harbour Health Centre.

Also see >> History >> Coast Columbia Mission.

Join a Group

  • St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary - Maureen Lee, 883-2563.


With endless outdoor recreation opportunities and the Pender harbour Aquatic & Fitness Centre, there’s no reason not to be fit in the Harbour. If that isn’t enough, don’t forget splitting firewood, mowing lawns and chasing deer out of your garden. Our lack of public transportation also provides some fitness opportunities. Learn more >>


  • You have a cough? Go home tonight, eat a whole box of Ex-Lax; tomorrow you'll be afraid to cough.” Pearl Williams.

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