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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > The Islands  > Quadra Island

Quadra Island
Quadra Island is located across from Campbell River in Discovery Passage on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Quadra Island is the largest of the Discovery Islands, a large group of islands situated between the mainland coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

Enjoy the Lifestyle
Quadra Island has a population of 3,000 - 4,000 inhabitants depending upon the season, especially during the summer when the outdoor recreation is incredible. Also there has been a large group of residents who enjoy the lifestyle of owning different properties and spend only part of their time on Quadra Island.

Travelling to Quadra Island
To get to Quadra Island by vehicle you have to drive on Hwy 19 or Hwy 19A to Campbell River. From here you take a regularly scheduled BC Ferries from the Campbell River terminal to Quathiaski Cove on Quadra Island. The ferry crossing usually takes around 10 minutes.

Quathiaski Cove
Once at Quathiaski Cove you'll find the commercial centre of Quadra Island which has a small settlement with a tourist info centre available during the summer months, restaurants, grocery store, post office, small shops and the Landing Neighbourhood Pub.

Cape Mudge
From Quathiaski Cove you can either travel to the central and northern parts of the Quadra Island or to the southern tip at Cape Mudge. At Cape Mudge you can find lots of wildlife viewing including soaring bald eagles and migrating orca whales performing in the swirling tidal waters.

Ancient Tribal Petroglyphs
You can also found along the waters' edge etched into the rock some petroglyphs and ancient tribal drawings from the very artistic Kwakwak'awakw First Nation.

We Wai Kai First Nation
Cape Mudge Village (Yucalta) is the traditional home of the Kwakwak'awakw First Nation Wei Wai Kai band. The We Wai Kai culture can be seen at the Kwagiulth Museum and Artists and Carving Centre. Please inquire locally at Cape Mudge Village (Yucalta) for operating hours to view this wonderful showcase of the Kwak'wala speaking Laichwiltach people.

Rebecca Spit Provincial Park
Heading from Quathiaski Cove, you can also go to the east side of the island where Rebecca Spit Provincial Park is located. Take the Heriot Bay Road from Quathiaski Cove to get to Rebecca Spit Provincial Park.

We Wai Kai Campground
At the south end of the park you can camp at the We Wai Kai Campsite and beachcomb on a beautiful spit that gives you beautiful views of Heriot Bay to the west or Sutil Channel to the east. Telephone (250) 285-3111 for camping information.

Heriot Bay Inn
Heriot Bay, located on Quadra Island's east side, is also home to one of the oldest inns of British Columbia's inside coast. Established in 1895 by Hosea Arminis Bull, the Heriot Bay Inn has been the main destination point and recreation headquarters for travellers cruising BC's Discovery Passage.

Famous Pub
Today the Heriot Bay Inn has been transformed with a major renovation and additions project that was completed in 2005. The Inn boasts a full-service marina, adventure centre, eco-tourism guiding, a full-service inn including oceanside cabins and, of course, the famous Heriot Bay Pub which features an excellent selection of food.

Main Lake Provincial Park
Main Lake Provincial Park located towards the east side of Quadra Island about in the middle point near Village Bay. The park is made up of a chain of six lakes with little or no road access. Main Lake Provincial Park offers wilderness camping and hiking in an area with a very diverse freshwater eco-system.

Village Bay Lake
To access the Main Lake Provincial Park from Heriot Bay, take Hyacinthe Bay Road to where it joins Village Bay Road. Look for the parking lot for the park near Village Bay Lake. From here you have to either hike in or take a kayak or canoe into the chain of lakes. Powerboats are permitted but are required to have a 9.9 maximum horsepower rating.

Surge Narrows Provincial Park
The ocean kayaking is also exceptional around Quadra Island especially around Surge Narrows Provincial Park. Just remember, if you are not as experienced or don't know the area, the dangers posed at Surge Narrows with the changing of the tides and dangerous tidal rapids can be quite hazardous.

Hiking and Mountainbiking
Quadra Island also has some great hiking and mountain bike areas for you and your family. For the kids there is the bike circuit located right near Quathiaski Cove and for hikes there are plenty of well-marked trails.

Morte Lake
A favourite hike or mountain bike ride is around Morte Lake. To get here take Hyacinthe Bay Road from Heriot Bay to Walcan Road where the parking lot is located. Morte Lake features trails around a beautiful lake where you can find a very nice sandy beach and some great swimming opportunities.

April Point Resort and Marina
If you are boating in the Discovery Passage area, make sure you stop off at the full-service marina and resort at April Point. Besides the excellent marina, April Point also boasts a health spa that features their proven Aveda Signature Treatment. The resort also provides a water taxi service that goes directly to April Point from Campbell River.

Cortes Island
Cortes Island is another Discovery Island in the immediate area towards the east from Quadra Island. To get here by vehicle you have to take a 40-minute ferry trip that connects you from Heriot Bay to the west side of Cortes Island at Whaletown. Cortes Island is perhaps British Columbia's most beautiful northern gulf island and is well worth the visit.

Information on Quadra Island




Map of Campbell River
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Quathiaski Cove
Quathiaski Cove


Drew Harbour
Drew Harbour


Rebecca Spit
Rebecca Spit


Rebecca Spit
Rebecca Spit


We Wai Kai Campsite
We Wai Kai Campsite


Heriot Bay
Heriot Bay


Rebecca Spit
Rebecca Spit


Towards Granite Bay
Towards Granite Bay


Morte Lake
Morte Lake

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