My trip to Quadra Island, British Columbia in July is starting to become an annual holiday. My wife and I visited the island last summer for the first time and fell in love with it. This year, we stayed on Quadra and explored the island for about one week. The last week, we went on a six day kayaking expedition which started in Telegraph Cove paddling through the Broughton Archipelago Provincial Park and finally ending in Echo Bay. There we got to meet Billy Proctor, a legend in the area and he even let me make his portrait! The trip is always so much fun and you never know who you are going to meet or what you are going to encounter. Follow along with some of my favorite moments during our trip.
Perrywinkle Cottage is a small but spacious cottage we stayed in on Quadra.
The cottage was attached to a farm and we got to play with goats and chickens and even picked our own fresh eggs.
Carol, of Perrywinkle Cottage, was the best host and treated us to so many gifts while we stayed on Quadra.
We went on quite a few hikes while on Quadra and this particular one was named Blindman’s Bluff. It had great views with rocks covered in moss but was incredibly difficult to access and find.
The south peak on Chinese Mountain was one of the best views. There are a few different routes to get to the top and some are harder than others but the view is worth it.
We took a ride north to visit Village Bay lake which has a couple clear fresh water lakes surrounded by a few cabins. There were even a few islands in the middle of the lake that had large boulders you can jump off.
Another one of my favorite things about the beaches along Quadra Island are the large tidal pools that are created at low tide. The pools often reflect an entirely different world only seen for a couple hours a day.
The next half of our trip was a six DAY kayak expedition starting in Telegraph Cove on the north end of Vancouver Island. From there we took a 30 minute water taxi to Hanson Island for our first night of camping.
During the second day on the water we encounter about twenty eagles feeding on a bait ball.
Seeing two humpbacks surfacing in Blackfish Sound was an amazing experience. We watching several humpbacks pass through this area for almost an hour.We paddled on-ward while eagles watched over the sound from the rocks and trees above. The sun seems like it’s always up. This was around 9:45 pm and it just started to slide behind the trees and mountains.
The forest is deep and dark and even if the sun is up you can find plenty of shade. At the campsite on the left we had so much dense forest above us that it kept the rain off our tents the entire night.
This is an example of the way cedar trees were used by First Nations People in early North America. It’s amazing what they could create just by striping the bark and allowing it to heal over time to save the tree for future uses.
My favorite part of our kayaking expedition is that it ends near Echo Bay, where Billy Proctor lives. Billy is an early pioneer of this area and has written several books. We were lucky to catch him early in the day and told us a few stories before we left. It was great to meet Bill and see his museum of “junk” as he calls it.
Our expedition paddled about 40 miles total and took us through the Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound, and the Broughton Archipelago. This is a provincial park that is made up of tiny islands. Kayaking here is unlike any other place, around each corner or rock is something new to see.
The next set of images are from the last night kayaking and our stay at Paddlers Inn. It is a floating lodge for kayakers in the area to stop at to get a warm meal and shower. Bruce is an awesome guy that runs the lodge along with his dog, Sprinter!
Our group got to stay in what used to be the old float church of Echo Bay. It’s now a large floating cabin with a kitchen and a few cozy rooms.
The most amazing things usually happen within a split second. On our two hour boat taxi back to Telegraph Cove, we were treated with a split second view of a humpback making a deep dive. I luckily was on the right side of the boat and had my camera out!
Kayakers dwarfed by the tall mountains on Vancouver Island.
Cass was one of our guides on the kayak expedition and was full of awesome facts during our entire trip.
This is a Fin whale skeleton in the Telegraph Cove Bones Museum.
The Heriot Bay Inn is a gem of a place!
Mary, at Trout and Trivet, is always creating some incredible dish in the best food truck I have ever tried!
Once you have eaten an amazing lunch with Mary, go for a walk out to Rebecca Spit. We did the hike from her truck and it ends up being about seven miles. We didn’t have our trusty Impala the last couple days of our trip.
Two things that always signify my departure are the bell on the ferry and a window view from an airplane. Until next time, Quadra Island.