The first stop in the Discovery Island chain is a 12-minute ferry ride from Campbell River. View potlatch treasures in the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre. Relax in lodges, B&Bs and picturesque campgrounds. Canoe the half dozen bodies of water in Main Lakes Provincial Park. And get close to the incredibly swift tidal currents that power through bottlenecks like Surge Narrows. Hikers, mountain bikers and scuba divers (who can explore an artificial reef) are especially well served here.
See Quadra Through the eyes of the travellers
Things to do on Quadra Island
- Take the ferry from Campbell River on a short passage to Quadra Island to experience the living legacy of the We Wai Kai First Nation at the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, a showcase for artifacts, ceremonial regalia, carvers and artists. Ancient petroglyphs can be found on the beach at Tsa-Kwa-Luten near Cape Mudge.
- Points of historic interest established during Quadra’s pioneer era include the Heriot Bay Inn (1894), the Cape Mudge Lighthouse (1898), the Lucky Jim Mine (1910) and the pioneer graveyard (1913).
- Wade into ocean waters to explore marine life on scuba diving expeditions off Cape Lazo and Maude Island.
- Rebecca Spit Provincial Park is Quadra’s top spot for summer picnics thanks to its lovely rocky beaches, ocean views and pleasant 50-minute walking trail. The island’s collection of 18 other trails ?
- Drop into galleries and home studios featuring the work of artists year-round. Or schedule a visit for the Quadra Island Studio Tour in early June.
- Visit a local farm and winery to sample local vintages, mingle with the farmyard critters and enjoy a picnic on the grounds.