Where is Quadra Island?
Quadra Island is located on the west coast of Canada between the much larger Vancouver Island and the mainland of BC. Although it is on the 'west coast' of the country it is to the east of Vancouver Island in the sheltered waters of the Inside Passage. It is part of a group of islands known as the Discovery Islands, about 200 km north west of the city of Vancouver and roughly 250 km north of the provincial capital Victoria.
How big is Quadra?
As the crow flies Quadra Island is about 35 km (22 mi) from north to south. At its narrowest point on the southern peninsula it is less than 2 km (1.25 mi) wide and at its widest point, west to east, about 15 km (9 mi) wide. In area Quadra is about 310 square kilometres (120 sq. miles)
How long does it take to get from one end of the island to the other?
To drive from the Cape Mudge lighthouse at the south end to Surge Narrows on the north east end, allow an hour. To Granite Bay in the north west of the island is also about an hour. While most roads are paved, some of them are narrow, winding, and in plases hilly. Exercise caution and stay on your side of the road. Please watch for cyclists and pedestrians at all times.
What is the closest city to Quadra?
Campbell River is the closest city to Quadra Island, just across Discovery Passage on Vancouver Island. Campbell River has a population of about 35,000 people, has most ameneties you would expect to find in a large town and is the port of departure for the 10 minute ferry crossing to Quadra Island.
How many people live on the island?
The 2011 census counted approximately 2,700 residents on Quadra Island. In the summer months that swells considerably to perhaps as much as double that number on a busy long weekend.
Who or what is Quadra Island named after?
Quadra Island is named for the Peruvian explorer Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra (1743-1794). Quadra served as an officer in the Spanish naval fleet and along with Captain George Vancouver, a British explorer, charted much of the coast of British Columbia in the 1770s. There are many places on Quadra and neighbouring islands named for him including: Bodega Point, Francisco Point, Sonora Island (after one of his ships) and so on.
What is there to do on Quadra Island?
That's a long reply and if you have a good look around this web site you'll find plenty of answers. Some of the highlights include: sea kayaking, hiking trails, superb mountain biking, a thriving arts community with studios and galleries open to the public, camping, canoe tripping on Main Lake, visiting the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings throughout the summer, hanging out on the beach at Rebecca Spit and much, much more... Read the Guide to the Discovery Islands for other ideas.
There are events and workshops at the Quadra Island Community Centre all year round and live music at local venues, resorts and bars. May Day and Canada Day festivities are annual celebrations that bring much of the community together. Have a look at the Discovery Islander or the Gum Boot to see what's happening now.