short ferry ride across Discovery Passage from downtown Campbell
River, on Vancouver Island, to Quadra Island is all it takes.
Passengers disembark to an idyllic island playground of beaches,
lakes, and parks intermingled with luxury lodges, native culture,
artisan's studios, and other interesting places that are friendly
and English explorers sailed through the region in the late 1700's
while trying to thread the maze of islands and dangerous currents
and channels that guarded the top end of Georgia Strait. Many
thought one of these waterways would lead to the fabled Northwest
Passage and a quick route from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
They met and traded with the local Salish and Kwagiulth First
Nations, whose ancestors live at Cape Mudge on south Quadra Island.
Today, visitors to Quadra Island can experience native artistry
and traditions at the Kwagiulth Museum in the Village of Cape
Mudge. A collection of old totem poles inspire many of the modern
artists whose work is featured.
Island is also home to many well known contemporary
artists, writers, potters and other artisans, and a growing community
of Healing Arts practitioners.
its rich forests, varied terrain, and abundant wildlife, Quadra
Island has become a magnet for outdoor recreation enthusiasts
looking for a mix of unique experiences in a concentrated region.
Kayakers and canoeists can choose from a vast network of lakes
and river systems, mountain bikers and hikers will delight at
the array of trails
of the best known of Quadra Island's many beaches is Rebecca Spit
Provincial Park near Heriot Bay. The sheltered bay is a picturesque
anchorage for yachts exploring the Discovery Islands and Desolation
Sound. The rich waters that surround Quadra are fed by large
tidal exchanges and nourish abundant marine life. That makes for
great fishing and excellent diving; considered one of the top
locations in the world by the Jacques Cousteau Society, there's
even an artificial reef, the HMCS Columbia, just waiting to be
Mothership Adventures: Join us for a luxury, multiday, sea kayaking experience using the elegant mothership, “Columbia III” as our travelling home. We’ll kayak through pristine, coastal wilderness, paddling glacier-fed waters amongst lushly forested islands while observing abundant ... more
Orca Dreams: Orca Dreams is located on a remote rainforest Island off northern Vancouver Island. Watch breaching humpback whales, orcas or dolphins pass by your tent while sipping on your morning coffee. more
Spirit of the West Adventures: We offer sea kayaking tours to the Johnstone Strait & the largest pods of killer whales on the BC coast – Desolation Sound, Quadra Island, & Campbell River - & guided excursions to explore ancient native villages. Set a course for a one of a kind wilderness a... more
Steep Island Lodge: We are the perfect starting point to set off on a days sports fishing, enjoy the streams on Vancouver Island and the mainland, go sightseeing or eco-touring, golf , kayak, and dive -- all with friendly personable and attentive service and luxurious accommodati... more
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Farmers Market Saturday mornings
Tourism North Central Island
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Telephone: (250) 830-1115
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Telephone (250) 754-3500 Fax (250) 754-3599