Travel to Quadra Island
Just getting here is all part of the adventure!
Quadra Island is located halfway up the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia along the famous Inside Passage waterway to Alaska. The closest large community, and port of departure for the short ferry crossing to Quadra Island, is the bustling Vancouver Island city of Campbell River which is easily reached by road or air.
To plan your trip to Quadra Island start by locating Campbell River, BC and arrange to travel there.
By road Campbell River is easily reached on Highway 19 which runs from the south at British Columbia's provincial capital, Victoria all the way along the east coast of Vancouver Island, through Campbell River to the north end of Vancouver Island at Port Hardy. Vancouver Island is served by a regular large car and passenger ferry from Vancouver, BC on several routes:
Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo)
Tsawwassen (south of Vancouver) to Duke Point (Nanaimo)
Tsawwassen (south of Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (Victoria)
Powell River (Sunshine Coast) to Comox (south of Campbell River)
Campbell River and Quadra Island are at almost exactly halfway along Vancouver Island making it easy to reach from anywhere on Vancouver Island. Between Nanaimo and Campbell River the scenic drive on Highway 19A, the Oceanside route, is an ideal alternate route.
Once in downtown Campbell River the ferry terminal for the 10 minute sailing across Discovery Passage is easily located on the waterfront by following the highway signs. Sailings between Campbell River and Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island are hourly, on the half hour from Campbell River and on the hour from Quathiaski Cove. For the current BC Ferries schedule and any service notices click here>
To reach Vancouver Island by air there are flights to Campbell River (YBL), Comox (YQQ), Nanaimo (YCD), and Victoria International (YYJ). There are regular connections to Campbell River Airport and other Vancouver Island destinations from Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
There are airport shuttle services from Campbell River Airport to downtown and the Quadra ferry terminal is a regular stop, juts ask your driver to take you there!