Adventure - Recreation
There is no end of things to do and see on Quadra Island and recreation is a big part of local life and visitors' experience.
Quadra Island is an evergreen island of maturing second-growth forest dotted with some huge veteran old-growth trees. Quadra is surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of the neighbouring Coast Range to the east and the Strathcona Park mountains on adjacent Vancouver Island to the west. There are surging tidal rapids, large open bodies of water, numerous islets dotting the intricate shoreline, HMCS Columbia artificial reef, beautiful beaches, protected bays, channels and deep fjords. For the sailor, kayaker, hiker, mountain biker, mountaineer, canoeist, diver, kite-surfer and boater a world of discovery awaits on Quadra Island.
A diverse array of wildlife make their homes among this striking landscape including: seals, sea lions, porpoise, salmon, bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, black-tailed deer, wolf and black bears. Further off the Island in the deep wilderness of the Coast Range mountains opportunities exist to view grizzly bears (there are no grizzlies on Quadra Island!), passing orcas, dolphins, grey and humpback whales. Local tour operators offer guided trips and equipment rentals to help you make the most of your Quadra Island adventure.
The hub for recreation on Quadra is the Quadra Island Community Centre where our hard working coordinators work to develop a year round program of workshops, sports, cultural events and other services for all ages and interests. The Quadra Island Recreation Society is comprised of a number of committees who oversee, trail work, cultural events, community events and much much more. To read the current program visit the Quadra Island Recreation web site.
Facilities at the community centre include a large hall, meeting rooms, playground, ball park, skatepark, tennis courts a riding ring and a network of biking and hiking trails in the adjacent Blenkin Park forest.
Other island facilities include: boat ramps, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, golf course, places to run, campgrounds, great road cycling, a freshwater lake chain for canoe tripping and much, much more.
For more information about trails on Quadra Island check out the hiking trails page and look out for the Quadra Island trails map published by the Quadra Island Trails Committee. There is also an excellent network of mountain bike trails and routes on Quadra Island for more info click here.
• Start the day with a walk at sunrise along Rebecca Spit or the Kay Dubois trail. (see hiking page for more info)
• Crank your tires with a mountain bike ride around Morte Lake. (see mtn biking page for more info)
• Or hike to the top of Chinese Mountains to take in the view. (see hiking page for more info)
• Go for a sunset sea kayak paddle to the Breton Islands. (see sea kayaking page for more info)
• Join a multi-day adventure kayaking with the killer whales in Johnstone Strait with one of the local kayak adventure companies.