It was late last summer when I realized school was about to begin for my daughter and we hadn’t taken a single one of our impromptu road trips. Well, money was scarce and so was time from work so I had to come up with a simple plan, and fast, to find anywhere to overnight on short notice. I hadn’t checked out Quadra Island in many years, and at a 10 minute ferry ride, it was close to home in Campbell River.
Looking for a Unique Island Experience
Hearing I was planning to explore Quadra Island, a friend of mine recommended where to stay. Firesign Art and Design, she told me, was run by an artist and musician couple named Nanci Cook and Tracy Tomlinson. Nanci had her beautiful art showcased as well as Tracy’s handmade cigar box guitars in their studio where guests could admire and purchase the original work themselves. My friend also informed me that I could finally get my hands on some Baltic amber jewelry as well.
We love art, so I checked it out online. I saw that they had 3 separate rooms in their lovely home, with ample room to roam outside on their wooded acreage. I tried to reserve a spot in the pretty Dragonfly Room which had twin beds. Unfortunately, they were full all weekend; but now I was intrigued so I planned on driving by Fire sign to take a peek. I will definitely give them a call next time I’m planning a trip to Quadra.
I tried Bold Point Farm next: Geraldine and Rod run the first organic farm/B&B in Canada. And I got in! We booked two nights in a lovely cottage that sits beside the main house. Their life and business is based on sustainability.As a result their farm is set up to deliver a nice, low impact on the water supply and environment. Of course, my daughter was more interested in the newly hatched chicks to hold and sheep to feed.
Drawn in to the Rustic Island Lifestlye
As soon as we arrived, our plans to explore Quadra were all but forgotten. Except for a half day spent at nearby Rebecca Spit beach, we stayed at the farm.My daughter was thrilled to hang out with the chicks and their mother; we also be friended an amazing blind rooster. I could have let Rod and Geraldine take my kid all day and give her a crash course on the country lifestyle while I enjoyed their organic preserves on fresh bread and lay in the hammock – I know they would have happily done so! But I loved the grassroots experience, so I tagged along and got some education too.
Even though we were technically close to home, it didn’t seem that way – and not just because the giant sunflowers were blocking our view out the window. With chickens quietly clucking and nestling in under our bedroom floorboards we were treated to a holiday experience that just doesn’t happen very often in a regular Bed and Breakfast!
For more direction information: Campbell River is two hours North of Nanaimo. Once in Campbell River BC Ferries run quite frequently both ways.
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