Happy Memorial Day to all our readers. We appreciate everyone who served our country to keep America safe. We salute you all! We spent Memorial Day touring Quadra Island.
We took the ferry from Campbell River today over to Quadra Island. Quadra Island is the central community of the Discovery Islands, a group of small islands located along the Inside Passage seaway between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia, Canada. Quadra is home to a lively, close-knit community from all walks of life and all parts of the world. The area is blessed with stunning natural beauty, beaches, parks, wildlife. We even saw a sign telling us to be aware of wolves on the island. We didn’t see any.
Quathiaski Cove is the main port of arrival for the ferry from Campbell River, and is the commercial and cultural hub of the island. The We Wai Kai band of the indigenous Laichwiltach People, (Kwa' Kwa' Ka' Wa'Kw First Nation) mostly reside at Cape Mudge (Yaculta) village nearby. We drove as far as we could go to see the awesome lighthouse. They also had a wonderful campsite in the area, right on the water, very private sites. It is a tempting place to move to, but we only have a few days left before heading back to the United States.
Picturesque Heriot Bay is the port of departure for the ferry to Cortes Island and other marine services to the outer Discovery Islands and mainland inlets. We had planned to take another ferry to visit Cortes, but the last ferry back from Cortes left too early for us to make it back in time. We enjoyed our time exploring Quadra Island instead. We had a great lunch at the Heriot Bay Inn, it was a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the water and the great food.
We also visited the Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park. This one is a narrow spit of land on the east side of Quadra Island. It is an excellent area for beach exploration and picnicking. Sandy beaches line both sides of the one-mile spit at this popular day-use park. Overlooking sheltered Drew Harbor, a favorite anchorage for boaters. Walking trails lead along both sides of Rebecca Spit and offer ample opportunities for exploring the beach, which contains a high concentration of driftwood, it was amazing to see so much on one beach. Swimming, fishing, and kayaking are all popular activities at Rebecca Spit’s large picnic area. We loved our visit to the island. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Check back later for more, we will be taking the ferry to Vancouver in a few days.