in the waters around Quadra Island has provided some large Chinook salmon in the past century, and despite the fact that fishing has slowed in the recent years, you can still catch a big one. Anglers will fish in the waters off Copper bluffs, April Point, Cape Mudge, and at the entrance to Quathiaski Cove. Decent fishing can be found around Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park, where a public boat ramp is located. Cutthroat trout are abundant in the freshwater regions of Village Bay and Main Lakes, inland on Quadra.
Hours of enjoyable paddling are offered by the fascinated waters around Quandra in small bays and protected coves around Cortese, Read, Maurelle and Sonora Islands. To safely explore the waters, you should be knowledgeable in reading tidal-current charts.
The great visibility and abundant marine life off Quadra’s shores makes this area a great challenging area for scuba diving. You should attempt diving in Discovery Passage only during slack tide. There is an awesome display of marine life, as the currents are very strong and incredibly rich in nutrients. Steep island on the southwest coast of Quadra Island is considered as one of the best dives around.
Also, there is the old shipwreck of the 366-foot former navy destroyer HMCS Columbia, and it is one of the highlights in the area. For more details on diving the area, check with the Underwater Archeological Society of BC or the dive shops in Campbell River.
There are private campgrounds on Quadra, such as We Wai Kai Campground at Rebecca Split. More campsites can be found on the beach at Drew Harbour, or in a quieter forest location across the road which is very close to the beach.
Many active and inactive logging road made the numerous opportunities available on the island. The Morte Lake Trail, the Main Lake-Yeatman Bay Trail and the trails around Mt. Seymour are the most popular trails. You can ask for mountain bike trails maps at the Visitor Centre.
Since the summer of 2012, Quadra Island Golf Club offers fairways set in Quadra Island’s natural beauty with forest scenery, wetland and stone formations, giving the visitors the chance to play in secluded paradise. Wooded landscapes, rock formations and wetlands offer a beautiful backdrop to this par 36, nine-hole jewel. In the course clubhouse and driving range is included. You can find it along Heriot Bay Road overlooking Sutil Channel looking towards the mainland mountains.
Petroglyphs drawn in ancient stone can be found along the high-tide line at We Wai Kai Beach, and Francisco Point at the island’s south end.
Quadra has 200 kilometers of hiking trails, which is a great way to spend your time on the island. The logging roads are all managed by Recreation Sites and Trails BC and are well signed posted. If you want a panoramic view of Quandra and neighbouring islands, hike up the Chinese Mountain. An easy hike can be found at Morte Lake Trail, it’s an easy jaunt but certainly worth the short trek.
Paddling can be thoroughly enjoyed in Quadra Island, as there is a small chain of freshwater lakes located in the interior of the island that are perfect for canoeing. During summer months the water in the lakes warms up and the water levels drop. Some lakes have remote bays and sandy beaches on small islands to enjoy with very few paddles dipping the water.
Cape Mudge, the 117-year-old lighthouse can be found below the bluffs visited by Captain Vancouver in 1792. Just south of the Lighthouse at very low tides, centuries of petroglyphs can be seen. If you want to access lighthouse from Quathiaski Cove, just turn south on Cape Mudge Road, follow the Lighthouse Road to the lighthouse. Alternatively, tours are available in good weather during spring and summer.
is both accessible and remote at the same time. Most easily reached from Quadra Island, Octupus Islands Provincial Park is nestled among the maze islands through which waters of Johnstone Strait funnel into the Strait of Georgia. To reach it go from the ferry dock located at Quadra’s Quathiaski Cove, to east by road across island to Heriot Bay. Along with Village Bay farther North, this is one of the two good places to launch kayaks.
can be found at the northern tip of Quadra Island, and is accessed by boat from Granite bay. This remote park is protecting two small lakes and a second-growth forest, with the Small Inlet providing protected anchorage regardless of the weather. The anchorage is used by the boaters to wait for slack tide, while allowing safe passage through tidal rapids of Okisollo Channel, Discovery Passage, and the Hole in the Wall.
This park can be found at the junction of Quadra Island, Maurelle Read Island and Maurelle Island. The tidal currents around Quadra are very popular and can roar through Surge Narrows at 16 knots, and up to 14 knots on the ebb.
On the upland undeveloped portions of the park random wilderness camping is allowed. You can access Surge Narrows by boat from Hoskyn Channel Landing or Heriot Bay.
is located on the southern tip of the adjacent island, Read Island, and protects second growth and old growth forests, fertile lowlands and bog, and a variety of wildlife. Visitors can do plenty of things including wilderness camping, scuba diving, kayaking, and swimming in the ocean or in the fresh water at Rosen Lake. You can access it from Hoskyn Channel Landing or Heriot Bay.
Quadra Island received its name from Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, the 18th Century Spanish Naval Officer. He also had friendly ties with Captain George Vancouver. About 200 years ago, Captain Vancouver initiated trade with the aboriginal people on the island while anchoring off Cape Mudge.