While there’s plenty to do on Vancouver Island, the offshore islands also warrant exploration. Quadra Island is no exception.
With an intriguing history, heritage and character, Quadra Island started to build a case for itself within two minutes of our ferry departure from Campbell River. The intricate waterways drew us to the island, which has enough infrastructure to support multiple sporting activities.
Quadra Island Kayaks Tours
As with many places, connecting with a local guide can lead to an amazing experience. At the end of Taku Road, we found the base for Quadra Island Kayaks, which has paddling itineraries for all experience levels. Here, the guides stood ready with their fleet of Necky tandem kayaks.
Following a quick lesson, we set off on the day’s kayaking adventure as the morning sun reflected off the waters of Heriot Bay. Once we reached the secondary islands, a powerful wave of emotion swept over us.
Sights Along the Way
What more can be said when a bald eagle on a mission launches from the top of an 80-foot evergreen, touches down on the water’s surface, and escapes with a fish almost too big for its extended talons?
As we paddled casually downwind through unpopulated islands, the mountains far to the east began to shimmer like rough-cut gemstones, progressively changing color from jade green to oxidized steel as the day progressed.
Purple, pink and blue sea anemones and starfish sought refuge in small breaks in the shoreline, while sea lions sunbathed in the late fall light, barking their acknowledgment as we passed silently by.
The Day’s End
Upon our return, a crackling beach fire set the tone to contemplate the day. What would we take away from such a pristine place? The water seemed to bring us closer to what really matters.