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planning your visit to Quadra Island

Located across Discovery Passage from Campbell River, Quadra Island is home to a vibrant community with strong ties to the land and sea. Some islanders continue to make their living in traditional resource-based industries like fishing and forestry. Others work as artists, writers, shop and gallery owners, and in a full complement of professional services. A large number of active, community-minded retirees live on the island. Local events--from festivals to cultural performances--are largely organized by volunteers.

Known for its inspiring natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere, Quadra is an ideal destination for unforgettable experiences. The island also offers excellent sightseeing and shopping opportunities. The adventure begins as soon as you board the ferry in Campbell River. During the scenic 10-minute crossing, look out for orca whales, porpoises, seals, otters, and bald eagles. Navigating the swift flowing tides of Discovery Passage, the ferry travels the same waters as the island's namesake, Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, did 200 years ago. Quadra and Captain George Vancouver were the first European explorers to make contact with the First Nations people, who have been living in the area for thousands of years.

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airports serving Quadra Island
Vancouver International Airport
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for flights throughout Canada and International destinations
Campbell River Airport
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for flights to Comox Valley and Vancouver
Comox Valley Airport
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for flights to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton

 

connecting flights from the mainland to Comox & Campbell River
(for Quadra Island)

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Abbotsford - Victoria - Nanaimo - Comox
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Vancouver (YVR) - Comox & Campbell River
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Vancouver (YVR South) - Comox & Campbell River
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Edmonton  (YEG)  - Comox
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Calgary (YYC)  - Comox
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getting to and from the local airports
 
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Comox Valley Airport
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airport shuttle service

Scheduled floatplane services to Campbell River  (for Quadra  Island)
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Vancouver Airport - Campbell River
(June to October)
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Call toll free to
1-888-287-8366
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Seattle - Campbell River area
(May to September)
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Car and Passenger Ferries to Northern VI, Quadra and Cortes Islands
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Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) - Nanaimo (Departure Bay)
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Powell River - Comox (Little River)
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Campbell River - Quadra Island (Quathiaski Cove)
It is about 7kms from Quathiaski Cove to the Cortes Island ferry at Heriot Bay
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Quadra Island (Heriot Bay) - Cortes Island
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Courtesy Lane at Campbell River Terminal

A courtesy lane is provided at the Campbell River Terminal to allow Cortes Island vehicles to board the vessel prior to Quadra Island vehicles. This allows vehicles bound for Cortes Island to offload early in order that they will have enough time to cross Quadra Island to board the ferry bound for Cortes Island. The courtesy lane does not give priority to Cortes Island traffic as travellers are processed on a first come, first served basis.

The following procedures are also in place:

1. When the courtesy lane is full, loading has begun or there is an overload in the lot, all Cortes Island vehicles will be directed into the general loading lanes and loaded in order of arrival, along with the Quadra Island vehicles.

2. For the 5:25 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. sailings, all Cortes Island vehicles are given numbered tags in the order they arrive. These tags are used only for loading at Heriot Bay in the event there is an overload on the last sailing of the day.

3. During busy traffic periods when there is more than one lane overloaded at the Campbell River Terminal, the Cortes Island courtesy lane will be cancelled. This allows staff to process the traffic as it arrives, and ensures late-arriving vehicles do not displace vehicles that arrived earlier.

Vancouver Island train services
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Passenger services between Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo and Courtenay are suspended until further notice owing to the deterioration of the track. Alternative services are available by Greyhound Coach.
 

Inter-city coach lines serving Northern Vancouver Island
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Victoria - Nanaimo - Campbell River - Port Hardy
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Tofino - Ucluelet - Port Alberni - Nanaimo
(with connections to Vancouver and Victoria)
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Connector services to Northern Vancouver Island

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Vancouver - Nanaimo
Connecting with BC Ferries at Horseshoe Bay & Departure Bay
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Nanaimo (Departure Bay) - Campbell River 
Connecting with BC Ferries at Departure Bay
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getting around by local public transit
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Campbell River Transit serves the Campbell River area.

For full details of transit services in the Campbell River area, click on the Rider's Guide alongside.

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There is no public transit service on Quadra Island or Cortes Island

 

Quadra Island map


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where to find more information about Quadra Island
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official BC tourism site
 
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local tourism guide


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