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Quadra Island Quadra Island is part of an archipelago known as the Discovery Islands. Located near Vancouver Island and accessible by ferry from Campbell River, it is a real haven of nature and is rich in First Nations history and culture.

If you have a few more days after a Vancouver Island itinerary, we recommend paying them a visit!

Quadra Island

Kayak in Quadra Island, BCQuadra Island is a spectacular destination for water sports enthusiasts. You can rent a kayak on the island, or take a guided kayak tour on the clear coastal waters around the island.

The marine waters around Quadra Island are home to a dazzling array of underwater life. Snorkeling is the perfect activity for viewing this fascinating underwater ecosystem.


Chinese Mountains

Quadra Island is also home to several provincial parks, providing opportunities for hiking, rock climbing and even mountain biking. Chinese Mountains are a well-known Quadra Island landmark and the destination for one of the Island's more popular hiking trails. The vista from the south peak is stunning, with views of Rebecca Spit, the vast dark Vancouver Island forest to the west and the mainland Coast Range Mountains to the east.


Nuymbalees Cultural Centre

Nuymbalees Cultural CenterWould you like to learn more about the First Nations peoples of Quadra Island? This fascinating museum is home to a large collection of cultural and historical artifacts of the Kwak'wala, Laich-Kwil-Tach and K'omoks people. There is also an exhibit dedicated to local languages and dialects.

Open from June to September, Thursday - Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.

Where to eat

  • $ Inexpensive
  • $$ Moderate
  • $$$ Upscale
  • $$$$ Fine dining


If you're looking for a place for breakfast or for a good cup of coffee, this is the place for you! Known for its quality coffee beans and warm, friendly service, this charming eatery has something to please everyone.

Open daily from 7:30 am to 2 pm.

Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge ($$-$$$)

Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge is nestled on the edge of the forest overlooking the water. With this magical setting, the restaurant offers fine dining and spectacular views. The menu features fresh local fare such as fish and seafood. It also has a distinguished wine list with a good selection of Vancouver Island wines.

Open daily from early May to end of September from 7:30 am til close. Reservations requiered.

Gowlland Harbour Resort Dining Room ($$$)

Renowned for its meat dishes and its fusion cuisine, this restaurant is a must. You may choose to be seated close to the two-storey stone fireplace or at a harbour-view window. The Gowlland dining room was even recommended in National Geographic "Canada's 50 places of a Lifetime"! Reservations required.

Open from early May to early October, every day from 8 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 9 pm.

*** Hours may vary ***

Festivals calendar

Quadra Island Studio Tour

Dates: early June

Visit the far reaches of Quadra Island, where artists open their studios to present their latest creations. The Studio Tour is an excellent way to explore the island and to discover a wide range of art techniques. The Community Centre is transformed into an art gallery for the occasion.


Dates: early September

This annual weekend long family event takes place at the Quadra Island Community Centre and showcases a huge selection of diverse Canadian artists on a multitude of different stages. Workshops, music, juggling, dancing and more.


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Our favorite place with Tofino

Anonymous Sunday October 13, 2019

(Translated by Google) A truly amazing place. As soon as you drive at night, there are animals everywhere. We saw eagles, deer and even sea lions right in front of our cottage. The local museum was closed in the off season but there was a permanent exhibit outside with petroglyphs and all sorts of things to see. Few restaurants but those that are there are very good when they are open.

Interesting hike

Andy Musat Monday September 2, 2019

Calme discovery Island

Anne Berry Tuesday August 13, 2019

(Translated by Google) Nice experience in calm
Swimming in the sea (arm of the sea)
A superb 3-hour kayak trip

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