Why visit Quadra Island? Well, because it rocks. Quadra is a friendly, relaxed island happy to welcome visitors. There's so much fresh air, so many beaches and adventures... as well as arts, artisans and local culture.
Here we present the Official Quadra Island Checklist: when you've completed it, you can say you've "been there, done that island".
Quadra Island Farmers Market - You've got to start somewhere, and the Farmers Market is a great way to start. The market runs Saturdays, May thru September from 10 am - 2 pm. It features local produce from Quadra Island growers, a great variety of creative craftsmanship, and a tempting array of tasty treats from extraordinary bakers and makers. (Well behaved dogs on leash are welcome).
Southend Farm Vineyard - Quadra Island has a winery! This family run vineyard is growing grapes and is vinting super tasty wine. Call ahead to be sure they're open - take a picnic to enjoy on the grounds while you sample wines. Also available in Quadra's liquor stores.
Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre - Gain insight into the beliefs and practices of Quadra Island's original residents, the Kwakwaka'wakw people, and appreciate the fine art they have created over centuries. The Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre is entrusted with the care and preservation of a priceless and historic collection of original Kwakwaka'wakw potlatch treasures & regalia. Open May 1 - September 30, 10 am - 5 pm.
Cape Mudge Lighthouse - the view of the ocean, and the picturesque lighthouse are two great reasons to visit the lighthouse at Cape Mudge at Quadra Island's south end. Marking the entrance to Discovery Passage - an important shipping channel and potentially dangerous waterway - the Cape Mudge Lighthouse remains manned. Be sure to enjoy a stroll along the beach!
Rebecca Spit - This Provincial Park offers picnic tables, fire circles for your weiner roast, a protected beach for swimming, a big field for game playing, and a wide, well-maintained forest trail for walking. It's a must-see on all Quadra Island visits. Regardless of the time of year, the serenity and beauty of Quadra Island can be found at Rebecca Spit.
Open Bay - It's off the beaten path, but there is a meandering (sometimes steep) path to this wide, shallow, sandy bay on Quadra Island's east side. Hop the creek with your picnic basket, set up against a big ol' driftwood log, and bask in the afternoon sun.
Kayak - Paddle the shores of our temperate paradise; explore the islets so close to Quadra Island. Exceptionally great kayaking abounds, and the Heriot Bay Inn offers kayak tours: learn to paddle, half and full day tours, with delicious food included. Experienced? Rent a kayak and spend the day exploring Quadra Island's coastline. Or rent a canoe and explore the many fresh water lakes dotting the north end of Quadra Island.
Mountain Bike - There's a network of single track on Quadra Island, with wild downhill trails through the forest... as well as wide, flat trails suitable for milder biking experiences. Bring your bike or rent one from Quadra's Island Cycle!
Go Fish - Campbell River's famed salmon fishing grounds are also Quadra Island's. Catch salmon and cod as well as crab and prawns; Quadra Island has many experienced, qualified guides, and the Heriot Bay Inn can hook you up!
Adventure on the ocean - Quadra Island is surrounded by fast-flowing ocean currents. These currents bring nutrient rich water from the deeps close to the surface, giving the Discovery Islands a rich diversity of ocean life. Get out and explore, see some wildlife and the beautiful power of ocean rapids on an adventure tour.
Golf - Quadra Island has a nine hole golf course! Offering ocean views, standing stone formations and the deep quiet of the forest, the exceptional island beauty of Quadra Island Golf Club will more than fulfill your golf desires.
Hiking - Quadra Island has an extensive trail system, well-maintained by an amazing group of volunteers. Find a $2 trails map at Sidelines Giftshop and many other island locations... and then get out exploring!
Salmon Eco Centre - learn what it takes to keep a watershed healthy, thereby protecting wild salmon habitat. The Salmon Eco Centre is run by the Quadra Island Salmon Enhancement Society, and is open with an interpreter onsite Wednesday thru Sunday, 10am - 4 pm during July and August.
Scuba Diving - Internationally recognized for its ecological diversity, amazing colours, and wolf eels, diving on Quadra Island is a magical, not-to-be-missed experience.
Camping - pitch a tent or park your RV and get up close and personal with Quadra Island's renowned nature. Waterfront Camping is available at the Heriot Bay Inn. Feeling more adventurous? There are seven water-access only camp spots available in Main Lake Provincial Park.
Studios - From pottery and sculpture to fine art and blown glass, with many stops in between, the artisans of Quadra Island are a diverse group. Some studios are open year ‘round (by appointment), while other artisans have their wares displayed at one of the island's galleries.
May Day - The annual May Day celebration is Quadra Island's oldest celebration; it has been celebrated since 1898! This non-profit, fun community event takes place at Rebecca Spit and begins with Quadra Island's only parade. You'll witness the long-standing tradition of the May Queen, and why not participate in the races, the greased pole, driftwood fort building, face painting, and the box lunch auction. Quadra Island's May Day celebration happens the Saturday after the May long weekend.
Quadra Island Studio Tour - This annual event happens the first weekend of June each year. A wide variety of Island artisans open their studios for this weekend event; as well the Quadra Island Community Centre has artists exhibiting their work plus a group show, a sampler of other studios on the tour. Tickets are $5 per person (kids under 12 are free!), get you entered to win door prizes, and are available from Hummingbird Art Supply, the Quadra Island Tourism Info Booth, Campbell River Art Gallery and various Quadra Island resorts. Approximately half of the studios on the tour remain open for the rest of the summer and may be visited using the self-guided studio map brochure.
Quilt & Garden Tour - This biennial event takes visitors along forest-shrouded driveways to gardens set next to the ocean, or perhaps a myriad of roses amidst a hobby farm. Take the Quadra Island Garden Tour and be inspired! If fabulous island gardens are not enough, also on display in the gardens are fabulous handmade quilts by the ever industrious Quadra Island Quilters. A weekend of riotous texture and colour! The next Quadra Island Quilt and Garden Tour is in June 2014.
Fall Fair - The Quadra Island Fall Fair is fun for everyone! Farmers, gardeners, artists, hobbyists, creators, seamstresses, quilters, weavers, knitters, bakers, makers, and more exhibit their creations and vie for blue ribbons. A wide variety of activities and exhibits and food vendors are spread out across the fair grounds, the fields of the Quadra Island Community Centre. The Fall Fair is in September.
Quadrapalooza - a festival of music and art is scheduled for Labour Day weekend on the grounds of the Quadra Island Community Centre.
Quadra Island Community Centre - The Community Centre is a hub of the community, with activities and events happening year round. Check out their summer programs for youth, great for visitors and locals alike. Facilities at the Quadra Island Community Centre include the Hall with its various events, a skateboard park, tennis courts, bicycle jump park, horse ring, and the Blenkin Park trails. The Cultural Committee of the Quadra Community Centre offers an eclectic, exciting variety of cultural events.
A small sampling of events to watch for at the Quadra Community Centre... the Quadra Recreation Society Slow-Pitch Tournament (on the May long weekend), Quadra Island Chamber Music Festival (July 25-28), Giant Philippine Garage Sale (Sept 22, 2013), Friday Flicks (alternate Fridays beginning Sept 27), and the Christmas Craft Fair (Nov 15 & 16 2013).
yes, there's so much to do and see on Quadra Island! As well, Quadra Island offers all the amenities you could desire... there is a credit union, two grocery stores with liquot sales, two post offices, a vegan health food store, bulk food store, an office & art supplies shop, gift stores and art galleries, a medical centre, and a pharmacy.