Quadra Island

What to see and do in Quadra:

Visit the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre
Learn more about the history and culture of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. See interesting items from their their Potlatch tradition including beautiful regalia and works of art. Learn more about the petroglyphs of the island. Outside the museum, visit the Ah-Wah-Qwa-Dzas (a place to relax and tell stories) with its beautifully designed totems, carved by local artists.
Info about the museum here.
Take a hike!
So many beautiful trails, so little time! You can hike through the woods and visit some of the island’s many small lakes or you can hike along the seashore for breathtaking ocean views.
Info about the Quadra trails here.
Don’t miss!
If you are on Quadra, you must visit Rebecca Spit, a beautiful slender curve of land jetting out into the blue, blue ocean — serene and gorgeous! Picnic, stroll, cycle or just relax and enjoy!
Info about the Rebecca Spit here.
Go north!
The south end of the island may be where all the action is (most of the cottages, restaurants, stores, etc) but don’t miss out on exploring the north end of the island. Here you will find a quieter, more rugged Quadra. Visit remote Granite Bay or hike one of the many trails that lead to peaceful little lakes. The Newton Lake trail was a fun and easy hike. Visit the popular Village Bay Lake area for a dip in the water. While visiting north Quadra, you can also visit the Salmon EcoCentre.
Explore Quadra art studios!
Quadra is home to a wide variety of artists and craftspeople. Learn more and download a map of studios at Quadra Island Arts
Bike it!
Cycling is a fun way to get around Quadra. Contact Island Cycle or Smokey’s Bike Shop 250-285-2447 to arrange a rental.

Getting there:

To visit Quadra you will first need to take the ferry to Vancouver Island, drive north to Campbell River then take another short ferry ride to Quathiaski Cove (on Quadra Island).
Ferry info here.
The drive from Nanaimo to Campbell River is about 1 and a half hours.
Driving directions here.

Where to stay:

Quadra has a variety of rental accommodation. We stayed at the cute and cozy Above All Cottage. Perfect for animal lovers as it is located on a nice little hobby farm with chickens and goats and a very sweet donkey!
More rental accommodations can be found here.
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