Considered one of the most stunning islands with a vibrant community located in the Strathcona Regional District, Quadra Island, BC is the largest and most populated of the Discovery Islands. It is located in between Vancouver Island and the mainland coast of British Columbia, situated along the well-known Inside Passage waterway that stretches to Alaska along Canada’s West Coast.
With a lively community of just 2,700 year-round residents, Quadra Island has become a popular destination for travelers from across the globe. Whether due to its breathtaking beauty or the wide range of outdoor activities, this island a must-visit when planning a vacation to the area.
The Community Specializes in the Arts
Quadra Island is best known for having a community steeped in culture, history, and the arts. Many talented artists call the island home, making shopping for original works of art a truly unique experience. The island boasts everyone from painters to potters and carvers, many of whom have studios and galleries typically open to the general public.
While the island’s population sees a boom in the summer months, the majority of the full-time residents live on the southern half of the island. There are numerous options for accommodations, including campgrounds, B&B’s, and resorts.
Attractions are Natural and Beautiful
All of Quadra Island’s natural scenery is stunning, but there are several attractions that are a must-see when visiting the island. There are numerous parks and beaches that can be found throughout, such as Rebecca Spit Provincial Park. You can also gain access to the southern peninsula via the Cape Mudge Lighthouse, Petroglyph Road, and at the end of Sutil Road.
Beyond the beaches, be sure to check out the island’s year-round markets, featuring local farmers, bakers, musicians, and craftspeople. The Cape Mudge Lighthouse is one of the only staffed, road-accessible lighthouses in Canada, so is a different kind of destination you must check out. If you are a hiker, be sure to explore the trail leading to the Surge Narrows overlook.
Look Forward to Several Local Events and Festivities
There are numerous festivals and cultural experiences that take place on Quadra Island throughout the year, most of which are organized by volunteers. Annual events that garner the most interest include the Fall Fair, Quadrapalooza, May Day, an Island Studio Tour, and the Annual Festival of Chamber Music, to name a few. You can read about these events and more at Quadra Island’s official website. Regardless of the time of year, you will more likely than not come across an event celebrating the island’s natural beauty and close-knit community.
Quadra Island is a true gem among the Discovery Islands, especially for those interested in local arts and culture. Located just off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, it is easily accessible and a great way to spend a day or two during your travels in BC.
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