About Quadra Island
Why stay on Quadra Island before your tour?
Our home on Quadra Island
Quadra Island is our home. We live and work here year round. John moved here in 1996, drawn by the mountain views, the beautiful ocean, wonderful people, and abundance of recreational opportunities. Breanne and Rick first set foot on the island in 2002, and now could never think of living else where.
We invite you to Quadra Island and enjoy a little bit of our paradise. Most people who come to Quadra Island to start the sea kayaking adventure often wish they had more time before and after there kayak trip to stay on Quadra Island. Please, if you have the time, stay for a while, you won't regret it.
Sea kayaking day tours
When you come to Quadra Island, you must take a day, half day or even a sunset sea kayaking tour. Our sea kayaking day tours leave every day from Quadra Island and take us to some of the best sea kayaking destinations on the coast. If you are heading off on one of our multi-day tours and want a sea kayak refresher, or some basic lessons, then book a tour for the day before. It is really a must do on Quadra Island. Come sea kayak Quadra Island.
Another fun thing to do is join in one of our boat tours off the East Coast of Quadra Island. This is a great way to meet some folks and do a little exploring of the picturesque Quadra shoreline.
Quadra Island Accommodations
If you do stay, check out a few of our favorite places to stay. Our page lists some great choices. The east side of the Island is where we launch our days tours. This is the more scenic side with great mountain views, quiet beaches and famous Rebecca Spit Provincial Park. Check out the view from Susan Wilson's B & B the Harbour House or relax in the forest setting of Robin and Michael's B & B Chipperfield Hollow. Another favorite is Taku Resort, a private location near our office. We use their dock for launching our day tours. If you want peace and quiet and probably the best rooms on the Island, then this is a great pick for you. Another place with uncomparable ambiance is Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge. This lodge is one of the finest resorts in B.C. with a First Nations flavour, fine dining and a calming atmosphere.
Quadra Island Activities
While here on Quadra Island there are lots of wonderful ways to spend your time. Check out our things to do on Quadra Island page for more details. Feel free to call us for more information, or try the Adventure Centre at the Heriot Bay Inn, one of the best places on the Island to get any kind of information. They are the Island experts on any type of recreation. Quadra Island is full of awesome hikes, a must being the Chinese Mountains hike. Chinese Mountain will take you along a moderate to challenging trail (depending which route you take) to one of the best view points on all of Quadra Island. A great place to look down at the Discovery Islands and the Coast Mountains. Another favorite is the Kay Dubois trail, a scenic walk along the oceans edge. A trip around Morte Lake is a great way to spend a good part of the day, especially if you feel like a freshwater swim. This can be done by both walking or mountain biking. The mountain biking is tough so you do need a strong bike and a fair amount of skill (bikes can be rented from Jack at Island Cycle in Heriot Bay). There is a good map on mountain biking page.
Quadra Island Dining
Dining on Quadra Island is always good. The summer comes to life with some of the finest eating places on the coast. At our end of the island, Heron's at the Heriot Bay Inn has a diverse menu and deck seating near the water. Tsa-kwa-Luten-Lodge on the south end of Quadra Island has become my favorite for sea food and the First Nations architecture and the views are outstanding. Equally as good is April Point Lodge. The style is classy but you somehow can still feel comfortable in a t-shirt and jeans. For something a little more local, try the two pubs on either end of Quadra Island. The Landing Pub next to the Campbell River Ferry, and the Heriot Bay Inn (separate from Heron's Restaurant) next to the Cortez Ferry. The Heriot Bay Inn has great evening dining, good pub grub and live music on many nights - it's a real island hot spot! Be prepared to dance to some of the best shows on the North Island.
Quadra Island Arts
It is always worth mentioning the arts scene on Quadra Island. It is big. For a complete list of Quadra Island Art studios, have a look at the Quadra Island Arts page.
If you have any questions about Quadra Island, please call any time. We would be happy to give you our personal advice on where to stay and what to do.
We look forward to hosting you on beautiful Quadra Island. "