Quadra Island, British Columbia

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Quadra Island Quadra, Cortes, Discovery Islands, Desolation Sound
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Quadra Island, BC
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Quadra Island, BC

A short ferry ride across Discovery Passage from downtown Campbell River, on Vancouver Island, to Quadra Island is all it takes. Passengers disembark to an idyllic island playground of beaches, lakes, and parks intermingled with luxury lodges, native culture, artisan's studios, and other interesting places that are friendly and welcoming.

Spanish and English explorers sailed through the region in the late 1700's while trying to thread the maze of islands and dangerous currents and channels that guarded the top end of Georgia Strait. Many thought one of these waterways would lead to the fabled Northwest Passage and a quick route from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. They met and traded with the local Salish and Kwagiulth First Nations, whose ancestors live at Cape Mudge on south Quadra Island. Today, visitors to Quadra Island can experience native artistry and traditions at the Kwagiulth Museum in the Village of Cape Mudge. A collection of old totem poles inspire many of the modern artists whose work is featured.

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Quadra Island is also home to many well known contemporary artists, writers, potters and other artisans, and a growing community of Healing Arts practitioners.

With its rich forests, varied terrain, and abundant wildlife, Quadra Island has become a magnet for outdoor recreation enthusiasts looking for a mix of unique experiences in a concentrated region. Kayakers and canoeists can choose from a vast network of lakes and river systems, mountain bikers and hikers will delight at the array of trails

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One of the best known of Quadra Island's many beaches is Rebecca Spit Provincial Park near Heriot Bay. The sheltered bay is a picturesque anchorage for yachts exploring the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound. The rich waters that surround Quadra are fed by large tidal exchanges and nourish abundant marine life. That makes for great fishing and excellent diving; considered one of the top locations in the world by the Jacques Cousteau Society, there's even an artificial reef, the HMCS Columbia, just waiting to be explored.


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Spirit of the West Adventures: We offer sea kayaking tours to the Johnstone Strait & the largest pods of killer whales on the BC coast – Desolation Sound, Quadra Island, & Campbell River - & guided excursions to explore ancient native villages. Set a course for a one of a kind wilderness... more

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Community Events:

APRIL: Juggling Festival
MAY: Victoria Day Long Weekend / Ball Tournament
May Day Community Celebration
JUNE: Artists’ Studio Tour
Quilt and Garden Tour
JULY: Canada Day Celebrations
Seasonal: Farmer’s Market Saturday mornings

For Information:
Tourism North Central Island
900 Alder Street, Campbell River, BC
Canada, V9W 2P0
Telephone: (250) 830-1115
Fax: (250) 830-0660
Toll Free: (866) 830-1113


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#203-335 Wesley Street, Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2T5
Telephone (250) 754-3500 • Fax (250) 754-3599
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