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Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island | Photo Carol Stathers

Quathiaski Cove

The largest and most populated of the Discovery Islands, Quadra Island is nestled between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. Quathiaski Cove is the main hub and point of arrival for the BC Ferries service between Campbell River on Vancouver Island and Quadra Island.

Popular Cape Mudge village (Yaculta) is located nearby in a picturesque bay looking across Discovery Passage. Home to the Laichwiltach First Nations People, also known as the Kwakwak’awakw, their rich culture is showcased in the Museum at Cape Mudge. The adjacent Artists & Carving Centre provides a spectacular facility for the creation of new works. The Nuyumabales Cultural Centre has a significant collection of historical artifacts, ceremonial regalia, and carvings and is a major attraction for students of native history and culture.

Fishing opportunities attracts anglers to the waters around Quadra Island which has yielded some of the largest salmon ever caught on BC’s west coast. Popular areas to fish include the waters off Cape Mudge, Copper Bluffs and April Point, as well as at the entrance to Quathiaski Cove.  

Hiking opportunities are plentiful on Quadra Island, whether you enjoy a gentle stroll or a more vigorous all-day hike. Hiking trails traverse a wide range of terrain, including beaches, broad open meadows, mountains, and forests. Pick up a copy of the Quadra Island Trails Map.

Boating, kayaking and diving attract visitors as does cycling, beachcombing and more. There are lots of activities on Quadra Island or you can just relax and do nothing.

Location

Quathiaski Cove is located on Quadra Island opposite the community of Campbell River on Vancouver Island’s East Coast. Located 160 km (100 mi) northwest of Vancouver via BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo then Hwy 19 north. Quadra Island is served by regular ferry service via the city of Campbell River.

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. The Coast Salish abandoned the area and the Laichwiltach peoples took over. Today the Laichwiltach, now more commonly known as the Kwakwak’awakw people, continue to live and prosper in the village of Cape Mudge.

Quadra Island was named after Don Juan Franscisco 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.

Contact Information

www.quadraisland.ca

Quathiaski Cove & Nearby Accommodations

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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
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
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
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
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
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 marine vessel views. Enjoy a memorable stay at Driftwood By the Sea Inn & RV Resort, where we make every effort to exceed your expectations. We take pride in providing genuine hospitality to all our Guests, many of whom are repeat ... 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
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
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
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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