Quadra Island

Quadra Island is one of the Discovery Islands situated between Vancouver Island and the BC mainland and is a popular destination for relaxation and outdoor activities. Heriot Bay is the picturesque hub of the east side of Quadra Island, facing the dramatic views of the mainland coast. It offers an art gallery, Government Wharf, boat & kayak rentals, and more. Cape Mudge village is on the south-west shore of the island in a lovely bay looking across Discovery Passage. The rich culture of the Kwakwak’awakw First Nations is showcased in the renowned Museum and the adjacent Artists & Carving Centre provides a spectacular facility for the creation of new works. Quadra’s rich marine environment and extensive freshwater lakes system provide many choices for boaters and anglers. The sheltered waters on the east side of Quadra are ideal for sea kayaking. Browsing galleries and studios can offer a relaxing alternative to outdoor activities. The creative spirit is strong here and is reflected in the quality work produced by the Island’s artists and artisans. Cycling is a way of life and often the best way to see the many interesting sights. Bikes can be rented.

Location

The Discovery Islands are a group of rugged, forested islands located 150 km (100 mi) north west of Vancouver. Quadra Island is served by a 10-minute ferry service via 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.

Today, Quadra Island is home to a lively close-knit community of 2,700 people from all walks of life and all parts of the world. The We Wai Kai band of the indigenous Laichwiltach People, (Kwakwak’awakw First Nation) reside at Cape Mudge (Yaculta). Nearby Quathiaski Cove is the main port of arrival and commercial hub of the island. Picturesque Heriot Bay serves as the departure point for the ferry to Cortes Island and other boat services to the outer Discovery Islands.

Contact Information

www.quadraisland.ca

Quadra Island & Nearby Accommodations

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

Bates Beach Oceanfront Resort

Courtenay

Enjoy the spectacular view of the Inside Passage to Alaska at Bate Beach Oceanfront Resort. Located just north of Courtenay, adjacent to Seal Bay Nature Park on Georgia Strait, there are excellent hiking and cycling trails, canoeing, beach-combing and more. We offer different styles of accommodation ... Read more
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