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Quadra Island BC

 

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Quadra IslandThis island is a 10-minute ferry ride from downtown Campbell River via BC Ferries. Quadra is 34 km long and has an average width of 9 km, and most of its 3,800 full-time residents live on the southern half of the island. The two main population centres are Quathiaski Cove and Heriot Bay. Cycling is a wonderful way to travel island roads and trails, and visitors will find many interesting sights within easy pedaling distance of Quathiaski Cove or Heriot Bay. The island also offers excellent sightseeing and shopping opportunities. Provisions can be purchased at several markets and antique, pottery studios and galleries feature many excellent choices for gifts or just browsing.

Quadra's annual summer garden tour and arts festival are two not-to-be-missed events. The garden tour offers visitors the chance to view beautiful island gardens up close, and the arts festival showcases the work of local visual and performance artists in a daytime exhibition and evening of entertainment. 

Ancient stone drawings - petroglyphs - can be seen along the high-tide line at We-wai-kai Beach, Petroglyph Road and Francisco Point. The Kwagiulth Museum at Cape Mudge displays a splendid collection of Potlatch artifacts, mainly masks and ceremonial regalia which preserve the history and traditions of the Kwagiulth people. Other historic sites include Quadra Island United Church at Cape Mudge, Lucky Jim Mine, and the Haskins' Farm Trail.

Rebecca Spit Provincial Park is a popular spot for swimming and boating and Village Bay Lakes Chain Provincial Park is ideal for kayaking and canoeing. One is likely to see small blacktailed deer, raccoon, river otter, harbour seal and sea-lion. Watch for pods of killer whales in the surrounding waters. Kingfishers and the great blue heron can be seen along the coves as well as cormorants, grebes, ducks, scoters and mergansers. The more elusive peregrine falcon and snowy owl have been spotted on the north part of the Island.

Known mainly for its fishing, many charter boats and guides are available for salmon fishing or fresh water fishing and canoeing on Quadra Island lakes. Other popular activities include scuba diving and snorkeling. The clear waters and diverse marine life off Quadra's shores make the area one of the best destinations for scuba diving in the world. The HMCS Columbia was sunk off Quadra in 1996, creating an artificial reef for marine life and a popular spot for divers.

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