When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
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.
Quadra 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.
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 and 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
Would 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 daily from May 1 to September 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (note that opening hours may be reduced during Tribal Journeys, July 28 to August 4, 2018). In low season, open Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
Café Aroma ($)
If you are looking for a spot for a great cup of coffee or a tasty breakfast, Café Aroma is the place for you! Known for its quality house-roasted coffee beans and warm service, this charming little cafe is sure to please. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
685 Heriot Bay Road, Quathiaski Cove / 250-285-2404
Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge ($$-$$$)
Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge is nestled on the edge of the forest overlooking the water. With this magical setting, the restaurant offers fine dining and spectacular views. The menu features fresh local fare such as fish and seafood. It also has a distinguished wine list with a good selection of Vancouver Island wines. Open daily from mid-April to mid-October from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
1 Lighthouse Road, Quathiaski Cove/ 250-830-2299
Gowlland Harbour Resort Dining Room ($$$)
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 are generally required, so be sure to call ahead. Open early May-early October every year. Breakfast: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. Dinner: daily from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
823 Gowlland Harbour Road, Quadra Island / 250-285-3572
Quadra Island Studio Tour
Dates: June 2 to 3, 2018
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: to be confirmed
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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