Heriot Bay

Heriot Bay is the picturesque hub of the east side of Quadra Island, facing the dramatic views of the mainland coast. It is the port of departure for the regular ferry service to Cortes Island and is also the point of departure for the north end of Quadra Island which includes, Granite Bay, Bold Point, Surge Narrows, Walcan, Main Lakes Chain, Open Bay, Village Bay Lake and many of the hiking trails that criss-cross the upper end of the island. It has an abundance of things to see and do including the art gallery, Government Wharf, boat & kayak rentals, and more. In Cape Mudge the native Artists & Carving Centre provides a spectacular facility for the creation of new works. Nearby Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park is a narrow hook of land on the east side of Quadra Island and excellent for beach exploration and picnicking. Sandy beaches line both sides of the 2-km spit. Walking trails lead along both sides of Rebecca Spit and offer ample opportunities for exploring the beach. Swimming, fishing and kayaking are all popular. Fishing for salmon is very popular in the waters around Quadra Island and hiking opportunities are plentiful on the island, whether you enjoy a gentle stroll or a more vigorous all-day hike. One of the best ways to see Quadra is to cycle. You can choose to tour Quadra’s scenic roadways or to explore the many trails. Interesting sights are within a short pedaling distance of Quathiaski Cove or Heriot Bay.

Location

The Discovery Islands are a group of rugged, forested islands located 150 km (100 mi) northwest of Vancouver and off the east coast of North Central Vancouver Island. The two most populous islands, Cortes Island and Quadra Island, are served by regular ferry service via the city of Campbell River on Vancouver Island.

A Step Back in Time

Quadra Island was home to the Coast Salish peoples until the arrival of Captain George Vancouver in the late 18th-century. He came to Cape Mudge in 1792 and found a settled community with long houses, boats, and approximately 350 residents. It was not his arrival, however, that drove them out, but rather an invasion by other First Nations people in the early 19th-century. The We Wai Kai band of the Kwagiulth continue to live in the village of Cape Mudge today.

Quadra Island was named after Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, the Spanish Naval Officer and close friend of George Vancouver. The island remained a pristine wilderness until the 1880s, when it became known as one of the few Gulf Islands where both logging and mining could be profitable. The Lucky Jim mine opened in 1903 and for a time yielded tonnes of gold and copper ore. A fish-canning plant also flourished in the early 1900s, at its heyday employing between 200-300 workers. It burnt down in 1941 and was never rebuilt. By 1904, Quadra had two post offices, a school, hotel, lumber camps, mills, and a mission. A passenger ferry started in 1949 and a car ferry in 1960.

The Heriot Bay Inn was established in 1895 by Hosea Arminis Bull. The building burned down and was subsequently rebuilt in 1912. In addition to its 19 sleeping rooms, the newly-built hotel boasted a large office where travelers gathered around the fireplace to socialize and tell stories, an upstairs dance hall, and an aviary containing rare canaries. Hosea Bull sold the Inn in 1926 and it changed hands again in 1943 and was renovated by the new owners. Renovations continued and the sleeping rooms all received their own bathrooms in 1986. 2005 marked the launch of a major renovation and additions project under the direction of new owner Lorraine Wright. Today, you’ll still find much of the original historic 1912 structure. The warm wood panelling and single-pane windows found in the office & lounge are a few of the historic clues. The main wing of Hosea Bull’s original Inn is now the lounge, office, and lobby. The wing with the gift shop was turned 90 degrees in 1943 and attached to the main wing, creating an L-shaped structure. The Inn’s historic roots blend beautifully with the new additions, showcasing the best of both.

Contact Information

www.discoveryislands.ca

www.quadraisland.ca

Heriot Bay & Nearby Accommodations

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Taku Resort & Marina

Taku Resort & Marina

Heriot Bay

Enjoy the peaceful sounds of Quadra Island at Taku Resort & Marina! Breathe in the fresh air and relax on your private deck in this tranquil oasis. We offer modern accommodation to create a home away from home atmosphere for the family to enjoy. Choose among our beachfront cabins, beach house suites ... Read more
Heriot Bay Inn & Marina

Heriot Bay Inn & Marina

Quadra Island

Overlooking the beautiful Heriot Bay on Quadra Island, Heriot Bay Inn & Marina is located on the waterfront with beautiful views and a relaxed atmosphere. Whether your visit is for a family vacation, a personal event, wedding or retreat, the staff of the Heriot Bay Inn is ready to help create a memo ... Read more
Painter's Lodge Resort

Painter's Lodge Resort

Campbell River

Nestled on the pristine shores of Vancouver Island, Painter’s Lodge offers world-class salmon fishing, breathtaking wildlife and scenery and full amenities. When you’re not fighting a mighty salmon on the line, soak in the outdoor pool, refine your serve on the tennis courts, or watch marine lif ... Read more
Thunderbird RV Park & Resort

Thunderbird RV Park & Resort

Campbell River

Join us for relaxing year round accommodation at Thunderbird RV Park & Resort. Looking for a family-friendly destination on Vancouver Island? Then our resort is the perfect place for families to have an unforgettable experience. We guarantee a comfortable and safe visit while you enjoy the beauty of ... Read more
Mae Mae Motel

Mae Mae Motel

Campbell River

Situated only a two minute drive to Campbell River downtown, our motel is the ideal destination for guests wanting to explore Campbell River and the surrounding areas. Located on the shores of the river, guests are spoiled to fantastic views right on our private dock. Our motel offers rooms and cabi ... Read more
Driftwood By The Sea Inn and RV Resort

Driftwood By The Sea Inn and RV Resort

Campbell River

Welcome to our outstanding Resort with wonderful ocean,wildlife and cruise ship views. Enjoy a fantastic stay at Driftwood By the Sea Inn & RV Resort, where all your expectations will be exceeded by our inviting hosts. We take pride in providing genuine hospitality and sparkling clean accommodation ... Read more
Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

Quathiaski Cove

A scenic 10 minute ferry crossing from Campbell River brings you to Quadra Island, the home of our Laichwiltach First Nation and Tsa-Kwa-Luten's Lodge and Oceanside RV Park. The RV park is situated at water's edge of an 1100 acre forest where bald eagles soar and killer whales pass by. 13 fully ser ... Read more
Brown's Bay Resort

Brown's Bay Resort

Campbell River

Surrounded by the wonderful sights and sounds of the wilderness, Brown’s Bay Resort is the ideal getaway to relax and enjoy the beauty nature has to offer. Nestled on the shoreline, we have spectacular views of the serene oceans, majestic mountains, and lush trees. Choose from our different styles ... Read more
Salmon Point Resort RV Park & Marina

Salmon Point Resort RV Park & Marina

Campbell River

Salmon Point Resort is an oceanside vacation destination for the entire family or a base camp while you enjoy the many activities the area has to offer. Only minutes from Campbell River and Courtenay, our resort is the gateway to Vancouver Island and all its beauty. Our RV Park has various type of s ... Read more
Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina

Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina

Black Creek

Our beautiful, full-service ocean side destination resort is located halfway between Courtenay and Campbell River. Pacific Playgrounds International is situated in a tranquil location surrounded by lush trees along the bank of Oyster River with stunning coastal views. Just steps away from Saratoga B ... Read more
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