The ultimate spot to watch boat traffic on North Pender Island is from Roesland just south of the Otter Bay ferry terminal. Roesland is part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada so you are welcome to spend all the time you want taking in the scenery. Most of the Gulf Island ferries come through here with the Queen of Cumberland, Mayne Queen and Queen of Nanaimo making stops at Otter Bay. The larger ferries travelling between Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island and Tsawwassen on the lower mainland also travel through these water. This is your chance to see the prime ferries in the fleet including Coastal Celebration, one of the newest BC Ferries. Seaspan runs a cargo ferry from Swartz Bay to the mainland as well.
Commercial boat traffic comes through Swanson Channel as well with many fishing boats and tugs plying these waters. Both private motor boats and sailboats are numerous all year but especially during the summer months.