I had a chance to make a short trip up to Quadra Island. From Qualicum Beach, Quadra Island is about a 1 hour and 15 minute drive north to Campbell River and then a short 15 minute ferry ride to Quathiaski Cove on Quadra Island.
Quadra Island is off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia and is the largest and most populous of the Discovery Islands. With a population of 2,500, it stretches 35 km from its northernmost point to its southernmost point. At its narrowest point, on the southern peninsula, it is less than 2 km wide; at its widest point, about 15 km (9 miles) wide. In area Quadra Island comprises about 310 square km.
Quadra is separated from Vancouver Island by Discovery Passage, and from Cortes Island, and is linked to that island by a ferry from Heriot Bay on its eastern shore. The island has many beaches, trails, lakes, and parks. Main Lake Provincial Park is located on the northern part of the island, and Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park is on the eastern shore, near Heriot Bay. I got a chance to visit Rebecca Spit, Cape Mudge Lighthouse and April Point.
The waters in and around the Island attract kayakers, salmon fishermen and adventure seekers who want to get their first glimpse at orcas, grizzly bears, humpback whales, seals, bald eagles and more.