Quadra Island kayaking adventures near Vancouver Island, British Columbia!
How to get to Quadra Island's Discovery Islands Lodge
As the crow flies, we are located about 150 km north from the city of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Between Vancouver Island and the mountainous British Columbia coast, the Discovery Islands are a paradise-wilderness of rainforest islands -- offering you BC sea kayaking at its best! Although we are a step away from civilization, it is easy to get here.
Discovery Islands Lodge is at the end of Surge Narrows Road on Quadra Island. Quadra Island is a 10 minute ferry from the city of Campbell River on Vancouver Island. You can get here by air, or overland by driving or bus. There are travel information links at the bottom of this page. We are also happy to help you with travel planning.
Please feel free to contact us by phone or email!
Get Here by Air: From Vancouver, Victoria, and Calgary, CA, and from Seattle, USA, scheduled wheel-plane flights arrive at Campbell River and at nearby Comox, both on Vancouver Island. Our closest airport (Campbell River, BC) is served by Pacific Coastal, Air Canada and Central Mountain Air. Westjet flights land 35km south at Comox, BC. Both airports have reasonably priced airport shuttle services to the Quadra Island ferry. See shuttle service and airlines contact info below. Sea-planes arrive at several Campbell River and Quadra Island locations from Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria. (You can also charter a plane to arrive at our door, but... its expensive!)
Get Here by Driving From the mainland at Tsawassen and Vancouver BC; and from Seattle, Anacortes, and Port Angeles, WA; Ferries to Vancouver Island arrive at Sidney, Victoria and Nanaimo. · Border crossing and ferry-lineup times vary. · Ferry reservations are available on most longer routes. On Vancouver Island take the “Island Highway” to Campbell River; then enjoy the 10 minute ferry to Quadra Island. Island Hwy 19 (faster) and Oceanside 19A (scenic) both go to Campbell River, which is:
· 153 km (95 miles) north of Nanaimo, BC. Driving time 1.5 - 2 hours.
· 265 Km (166 miles) north of Victoria, BC. Driving time from 3 - 4 hours
· Ferry & driving time from Vancouver, BC: 4-5 hrs
· Ferry & driving time from Seattle, USA: 7-8 hours
As you arrive in Campbell River, watch for signs that direct you to the Quadra Island Ferry, located downtown on the waterfront.
Get Here by Bus There are good bus connections from airport and downtown locations in Seattle WA, and also Vancouver, Victoria, and Nanaimo, BC. See bus service providers, below. In Campbell River, buses arrive easy walking-distance to the ferry. There is no bus service on Quadra Island. There is a taxi, and hitch-hiking is common practice.
Quadra Island Ferry: From Campbell River the BC Ferry to Quadra Island runs approximately every hour between 6 am and 10 pm, with 11:30 pm sailings from CR on Friday & Saturday nights. The crossing takes approximately 10 minutes. Round trip fare is $17.55 Cdn for car and driver, and $8.55 Cdn for passengers.
How to Get to Discovery Islands Lodge on Quadra Island
It’s 30 km from the ferry. You can drive, hitchhike (the last 15 km might be lots of walking till a car comes by), or take the Quadra Taxi ($55 Cdn) to Discovery Islands Lodge.
Quadra Island Driving Directions -At the Quathiaski Cove (Quadra) ferry landing, follow traffic: off the ferry - up the hill - past the plaza. Turn right at the stop-sign (gas-station corner); turn next-left at West Road (just past the school, where all the directional signs are.) Follow West Road past the police station, and about 5 km further to Heriot Bay.
-At Heriot Bay Fire Station (first crossroad), turn left onto Cramer Road.
-Stay on this road all the way 22 km to Discovery Islands Lodge! The road name changes: Cramer Road becomes Hyacinthe Bay Road, then Village Bay Lakes Road, and finally turns into Surge Narrows Road for the last 5 km or so. (Don’t Turn, and Trust your Odometer! :-)
-You’ll enjoy this winding wilderness road through Quadra Island’s temperate rainforest, and the beautiful BC Provincial Park at Main Lakes. The last 12 km of road are hilly and mostly wide enough for 2 vehicles to pass easily – but be careful! The gravelled road surface is well-maintained and fine for 2-wheel-drive vehicles... Just slow down and enjoy the scenery!
-Surge Narrows Road ends at the ocean, 100 metres beyond our driveway. Before you get there, you’ll see our sign and our driveway to the right: “Discovery Islands Lodge, Sea Kayaking, B&B Kayak Hostel.” The driveway is steep, but fine for all vehicles to go down -- and up again after you unload! We don’t have space for parking at the bottom, but there are several parking areas on the driveway, and it is also fine to park along the upper roadside.
Travel Information & Links
Airports: SEA Seattle; YVR Vancouver; YYJ Victoria; YQQ Comox; YBL Campbell River
Pacific Coastal Airlines (Vancouver to Campbell River) 800-663-2872 www.pacific-coastal.com
Air Canada (Vancouver or Seattle to Campbell River) 888-247-2262 www.aircanada.ca
Westjet (Canadian airports to Comox) 800-538-5696 www.westjet.com
Central Mountain Air (Vancouver to Campbell River) 888-865-8585 www.flycma.com
Northwest Seaplanes (from Vancouver BC & Renton WA ) 888-287-8366 www.air-rainbow.com
Kenmore Air (Seaplanes from Seattle area) 800-543-9595 www.kenmoreair.com
Soundflight (from Renton WA & Sea-tac Airport) 800-825-0722 www.soundflight.com
BC Ferries 888-223-3779 www.bcferries.com from Vancouver at Tsawassen & Horseshoe Bay to Vancouver Island at Nanaimo; and from Campbell River to Quadra Island.
Black Ball Transport 360-457-4991 (Port Angeles port); 250-386-2202 (Victoria port) www.northolympic.com/coho from Port Angeles WA to Victoria BC
Victoria Clipper 800-888-2535 www.victoriaclipper.com Seattle to Victoria - Passengers Only
Washington State Ferries 206-464-6400 http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ Washington routes that might be fun/interesting to explore if you travel overland from the USA.
Quick Shuttle Bus 800-665-2122 www.quickcoach.com Bus service from Seattle airport/city to Vancouver airport/city locations)
Island Link Express Bus www.islandlinkbus.com (Excellent fast/van service connecting Vancouver airport/city and most Vacouver Island locations.)
Vancouver Island Coachlines/Greyhound 800-661-8747 www.greyhound.ca Schedule bus service from Vancouver, Victoria, and Nanaimo to Campbell River)
Vancouver City Buses 604-953-3333 www.translink.bc.ca Inexpensive city transit; routes to & from airport, ferry, bus depot etc.).
Campbell River Airporter 250-286-3000 Meets all incoming flights for reliable transport to downtown CR and the Quadra Ferry.
Sky High Shuttle 888-331-4737 www.skyhighshuttle.com Service between Comox Airport and Campbell River Quadra Taxi 250-205-0505 You’re here! Great service on Quadra Island.
Discovery Islands Lodge offers multi day sea kayaking tours, kayak expeditions and remote kayak accommodation on Quadra Island, British Columbia Canada near Vancouver Island. Our sea kayaking wilderness eco tours and lodge based nature vacations start in BC ’s Discovery Islands east of Campbell River BC. Guided kayaking trips include kayak instruction rainforest lodge accommodation & kayak tours in spectacular island locations. We are one of BC ’s original sea kayaking companies – offering natural adventures since 1987!
We guarantee our Quadra Island, British Columbia sea kayaking trips in BC ’s most beautiful wilderness are one of the best ways to slow down, mellow out and momentarily abandon the chaos of regular life! Our west coast waterfront kayak lodge offers B&B hostel accommodation and a peaceful haven where you can treasure Quadra Island moments: at the breakfast window a swooping eagle, a heron on the beach, a ruby sunrise with your fresh baked cinnamon roll… And then a day of Quadra Island sea kayaking adventures: purple starfish and dancing dolphins, towering mountains, deep green forest, the rhythm of the ocean… Discovery Islands and Coast Mountain offer the best of west coast BC wilderness sea kayaking: natural wildlife, spectacular landscapes and quiet sheltered ocean. Join us in British Columbia Canada for a Quadra Island sea kayak adventure eco tour or indulge with Discovery Islands Lodge getaway kayaking in BC and enjoy a great-escape Canadian wilderness vacation!