Quadra Island is located between Vancouver Island and the mainland coast of British Columbia, along the breathtaking Inside Passage waterway to Alaska on Canada’s west coast. It is the largest island in the Discovery Islands archipelago. The friendly community of islanders consists of 2700 year round residents who welcome the many visitors that come from around the world to enjoy the island’s spectacular natural beauty and many recreational activities. See “Things To Do”.
Amenities on Quadra…
…include a bank, several ATMs, two well stocked grocery stores, auto and marine repair services, a gas station (but no automotive diesel), marine gas and diesel, cafés, restaurants, a range of places to stay, libraries, book store, medical clinic, dentist, chiropractic clinic, several massage therapists, spa facilities, pharmacy, an elementary school, childcare, RCMP detachment, building supply store, adventure tour operators, a winery and so much more!
Sun, sea and sky! Quadra’s long coastal shoreline is an intricate maze of inlets, channels, beaches and islets perfect for sea kayaking or beachcombing. Rebecca Spit is one of Quadra’s biggest attractions for locals and visitors alike. And the abundant marine life and clear water of Discovery Passage is known world-wide as a prime diving area.
Nearby Campbell River
The port of departure to Quadra from Vancouver Island is Campbell River, a town of 35,000 with all the additional services anyone might require. The 10 minute ferry ride is relaxed and scenic, but there can be one sailing overloads during busy summer weekends and holidays. No worries, there are shops and restaurants nearby while you wait the hour for the next boat. Or just sit on the waterside benches at the ferry terminal and breathe in the view and salty air! See “Getting Here” for details and a link to the ferry schedule.
There are Three Villages on Rural Quadra Island:
Cape Mudge is home to the We Wai Kai band of the Laichwiltach People, part of the Kwa’ Kwa’ Ka’ Wa’Kw First Nation;
Quathiaski Cove welcomes the ferry from Campbell River and is where most of Quadra’s residents live. Most of the Island’s commercial services are also located in Q Cove, as the islanders call the village;
Heriot Bay on Quadra’s east coast is the marine departure point to Cortes Island and the other Discovery Islands, as well as to mainland inlets. A second grocery store and post office are located in Heriot Bay, as well as a number of restaurants, cafes, marinas and local artisans.
To Learn More…
…about Quadra Island, Cortes Island, the Outer Discovery Islands and Inlets, visit www.discoveryislands.ca
If you visit Quadra during the summer, be sure to drop by the Visitor Information Booth behind the Quadra branch of the Coastal Community Credit Union at the top of the hill as you drive off the ferry. The friendly folk there will be happy to assist you and provide directions to help you find your way around.
With such a diverse community and stunning natural setting, Quadra Island is the perfect place to “get away” to in any season!