Orca Camp

Imagine beautiful, big white tents set against the backdrop of towering fir trees and the blues and greens of the ocean lapping at your doorstep.  The sounds of silence, interrupted only by the occasional blow of passing whales or the songs of the birds as they wake with the sun.  Extraordinary kayaking at the edge of the Broughton Archipelago.  Exclusive boat access to a private whale watching oasis on Swanson Island in the heart of Johnstone Strait. location.  ROAM is delighted to share this new “glamping” whale watching experience with you.

THE AREA

Blackfish Sound (named for the distinctive black and white coloration of the killer whales that ply these waters) is the heart of orca and humpback territory on northern Vancouver Island and on the edge of the Broughton Archipelago.  Sandwiched between the mainland mountains and Vancouver Island, tidal currents stir up the water column and create an environment rich with nutrients and oxygen.  Abundant marine life of all shapes and sizes make their home here, from the smallest crustacean to the largest whales.  From our camp we have the opportunity to look out into the open waters of the Sound and paddle among the small islands and narrow passages, an ideal combination for the wildlife enthusiast.

THE ADVENTURE

This 4-day adventure is really the premier way to experience the best of what Canada’s west coast has to offer.  Travel by boat to an exclusive camp, kayak each day to experience the coastal beauty up close and get out there with a motorized whale watching tour to help ensure wildlife sightings.

Each day your guides and hosts will share their love and passion for the coast and kayaking with you.  After a hearty and healthy breakfast, we head off in our kayaks to explore the many nooks and crannies of the shoreline.  Keep your senses alert for the tell-tale blow of some of the area’s more famous residents like orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, dolphins and porpoise.  On Day Three we’ll be picked up at camp for a 3-hour trip in a covered boat to look further afield for wildlife.

Top off these perfect days in an idyllic setting with amazing food, laughter, good company and a soak in the wood-fired hot tub over-looking the ocean.  Then head off to your spacious tent and comfortable bed for a good night’s rest.  Of course you can always roast a few treats over the glowing campfire before you head to bed, borrow a book from our extensive coastal library, play a board game with friends or chat with our friendly, knowledgeable naturalist guides too.

Trip Length 4 days
Dates
Dates Register
July 25 - 28, 2017
July 28 - 31, 2017
July 31 - August 3, 2017
August 3 - 6, 2017
August 6 - 9, 2017
August 9 - 12, 2017
August 12 - 15, 2017
August 15 - 18, 2017
August 18 - 21, 2017
August 21 - 24, 2017
August 24 - 27, 2017
August 27 - 30, 2017
August 30 - September 2, 2017
September 2 - 5, 2017
September 5 - 8, 2017
September 8 - 11, 2017
September 11 - 14, 2017
September 14 - 17, 2017
September 17 - 21, 2017
September 21 - 24, 2017

June through Sept

Price $1995
Deposit $500
Meeting Place Quadra Island or Port McNeill
Gateway City Vancouver
River Rating easy to moderate
Age Range 8-80
Itinerary at a Glance

THE BEST PLACE FOR WHALE WATCHING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

In addition to orcas, we are lucky to share the ecosystem with humpback whales, black bears (it is not uncommon to see black bears foraging along the shores for seafood during low tide), deer, cougars, shore and sea birds, minks, river otters, dolphins and porpoise – to say nothing of the abundant, vibrant and colourful intertidal life one can see below the surface.

Witnessing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat is truly breathtaking.  Orca Camp is situated in one of the best areas for viewing whales on the coast.  The humpback whales in all their glory are coming back to this area in truly impressive numbers after having been subject to intense hunting in years past.  The population of humpback in the area now means that we are fortunate to view these gentle giants almost every tour (we never like to guarantee wildlife, as it is just that wild, but chances are good).

YOUR EXCLUSIVE CAMPING AND WHALE WATCHING EXPERIENCE

What makes this camp so special?

  • Best area for viewing orcas and humpbacks in the wild
  • Exclusive boat access-only camp on a private island
  • Explore the coastal environment by kayak with our wonderful guides
  • Large bright spacious tents, comfortable beds, warm duvets
  • Motorized whale and wildlife watching trip as part of package
  • Hot tub overlooking the ocean
  • Hot shower with ocean views
  • Gourmet camp food prepared for you, with a focus on local and organic
  • Attention given to the smallest details to make for the perfect trip
  • Responsible ecotourism, sustainably run for the long term

WHAT’S COOKING?

We just have to mention it. One of the perks that come with the base camp is a well established kitchen for our fantastic guides to prepare your food.  We use mostly organic fresh fruits and vegetables to prepare gourmet meals, topped off with home baking.  We also provide 24-hour snacks just in case you get a hankering for something late at night.  You will never go hungry on a ROAM trip and on arrival we feature a traditional wild salmon barbecue and from here the creative, tasty and hearty meals keep coming.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Professional guiding service
  • All kayaking equipment (including kayaks, PFDs, paddles, pumps, ropes, dry bags and sponges)
  • Hydrophone for listening to the whales
  • Meals (morning snack day 1 to lunch day 4)
  • Everything you need for the perfect glamping experience: walk-in canvas tents on wooden platforms, real beds (2 twin or 1 king size, thick soy foam mattresses, warm blankets, 2 pillows, linens), bath towel, flashlights/headlamps, hot water bottle, water bottle, library of natural history books, camp binoculars
  • Whale watching trip on covered vessel
  • Return water taxi service
  • Park and land use permits

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

Not included in the tour cost are accommodation before or after the kayaking portion of your trip;

  • Flights, airport transfers, ferries, taxis
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Rain gear
  • Personal items (toiletries, clothing, etc.)

Rain gear may be rented if you prefer not to travel with it (please reserve in advance).

Detailed Itinerary

Our adventure begins the moment we step off the docks onto our water taxi.  Relax in comfort as we whisk you up the scenic waterways of the Inside Passage to our remote wilderness camp on the edge of Blackfish Sound.

MEETING LOCATION

There are a number of places where your tour may begin:

Bear Camp guests will fly into Port McNeill and transfer to Orca Camp by water taxi.  Guests arriving via Vancouver can meet on Quadra Island,  which is a scenic float plane ride from Vancouver or 10-minute ferry ride from Campbell River.

Or you can meet at Way West Coastal Ventures & Water taxi in Campbell River.  If meeting in Campbell River, please call our office to let us know.  We highly recommend making Quadra Island a part of your vacation plans.  It’s a beautiful laid back island with endless opportunities for outdoor activities, beaches to relax on, amazing accommodations and great local artisans.

DAY 1

Rise and shine ready for fun and adventure. After meeting our water taxi and a safety briefing, our captain takes us up Discovery Passage and safely through the infamous ‘Seymour Narrows’, renowned for its treacherous tidal flows and whirlpools.  En route, sightings of marine life such as porpoises, dolphins, sea lions and whales are common.  After the 2 1/2 hour journey we arrive at our remote wilderness base camp on Blackfish Sound.  After settling into our new surroundings and having lunch we will have a kayak orientation and discuss safety procedures before setting off on an afternoon paddle.  We will return in time for a fresh wild salmon dinner (alternatives of course for those who do not eat fish). Enjoy the sunset from the hot tub before retiring to rest for more fun in the morning.

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DAY 2

After a hearty camp breakfast we will meet to discuss our plans for each day.  Our route and schedule will depend on weather conditions, wildlife viewing opportunities and group preferences. Generally, we set out in our kayaks after breakfast and paddle to one of the area’s many pocket beaches for a picnic lunch before paddling ‘home’ again in time for some relaxation time before dinner.  On our way, we’ll take breaks for stretching and snacks, and we always take lots of time to explore the intricate shoreline. For the very brave there is always the option of a dip into the chilly waters of Blackfish Sound before a restorative soak in the hot tub!

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DAY 3

This morning we’ll be met by our covered vessel for a 3-hour journey further into Blackfish Sound, Johnstone Strait or Queen Charlotte Strait, giving you the opportunity to explore areas beyond the reach of our kayaks.  We’ll return in time for lunch, followed by an afternoon kayaking the nearby waters and islands.

DAY 4

This is our last day of exploration.  After a final morning paddle we will pack up our things and soak up the last bit of tranquility before the water taxi arrives to transport us back to the real world once again.

IMPORTANT:

Our approximate return time to Quadra Island is between 3-5pm, however, due to the number of variables in wilderness travel we recommend that you plan to stay in the area for this night to avoid unnecessarily stressful complications should our return be delayed by something out of our control.  Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your travel plans in more detail.

Accommodations

AMAZING GLAMPING EXPERIENCE

Tents are large 10×12′ (3×3.6m), bright and spacious cotton canvas tents made here on Vancouver Island.  They are 8′ (2.4m) high at the peak so have ample room for standing up and moving around with ease.  The screened windows and front door provide sweeping views of the forest and and/or ocean.  The tents are perched off the ground on cedar platforms, helping to protect the delicate ecosystem below.

Inside your tents are 2 twin beds which can be pushed together to make a king size if desired.  These beds are handmade by our wonderful crew with locally milled red cedar and beach driftwood accents.  The beds each have a 6-inch thick soya foam mattress, 2 pillows (one soft and one firm to ensure a good night’s sleep), crisp white linens, a warm duvet and fleece blankets for those cooler nights.  Bedside tables, crafted from local wood, hold a lamp for reading and a hot water bottle to help take the chill off when you crawl into your bed to dream about what’s in store for the morning.

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About the Region

Thank you for choosing a ROAM kayaking adventure. We are very excited that you will be joining us as we kayak through the pristine archipelago off northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The Johnstone Strait is internationally recognized as the best location to see orca whales in the wild, as nearly 300 orcas (or killer whales) congregate here.  You may find yourself paddling just yards away from these magnificent creatures.  But there is more to the Johnstone Strait than just whales.  The pristine beauty of its rocky shores, many coves and tidal inlets are teeming with marine life of every kind.

Ocean kayak touring is among the fastest growing leisure activities in North America, and its popularity is easily explained.  It is a means of discovery that is accessible to people of all ages, and on our trip no previous kayaking experience is necessary.  There are options each day that match your personal level of fitness or simply relax with a good book and a pair of binoculars. If any of your questions remain unanswered, please don’t hesitate to call. We strive to fully prepare you for what to expect on your trip so you can spend your vacation thinking more about smelling the essence of a forest of old growth cedars or spotting a pod of whales than whether or not you brought the right pair of shoes.

The Terrain We Cover

The Johnstone Strait is located at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, and is an extension of Discovery Passage, one of the most popular navigational routes for cruise ships heading north to Alaska.  The waters are protected from the rough Pacific wind and waves found further to the west.  The Strait consists of a large archipelago of islands set to the backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the mainland Coast Range.  Beaches, sandy dunes, and rocky headlands dot the landscape.  What makes this region so popular is its elaborate network of coves, inlets and channels that provide intimate and inspiring kayaking.  Along the shore are dense cedar forests and a tidal environment flourishing with marine life.  The amazing clarity of the water makes for exceptional viewing.  The shores also possess a rich cultural history. Nearby is one of the highest concentrations of archaeological sites belonging to the local Kwakiutl Nations.  Our kayaking is made easier without the need to carry any equipment and provisions in our kayaks. Support boats transport all of our supplies while we spend the days simply enjoying the wildlife and exquisite seascapes.

QUADRA ISLAND ACCOMMODATIONS

If you do decide to start your trip on Quadra island, check out a few of our favourite places to stay.  Day tours are available on the east side of the island which offers mountain views, quiet beaches and famous Rebecca Spit Provincial Park.  Check out the view from Susan Wilson’s B & B the Harbour House or relax in the forest setting of Robin and Michael’s B & B Chipperfield Hollow. Another favourite is Taku Resort.  Another place with incomparable ambiance is Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge.  This lodge is one of the finest resorts in BC with a First Nations flavour, fine dining and a calming atmosphere.

QUADRA ISLAND ACTIVITIES

While here on Quadra Island there are lots of wonderful ways to spend your time.  Quadra Island is full of awesome hikes, a must being the Chinese Mountains hike.  Chinese Mountain will take you along a moderate to challenging trail (depending which route you take) to one of the best view points on all of Quadra Island.  A great place to look down at the Discovery Islands and the Coast Mountains.  Another favourite is the Kay Dubois trail, a scenic walk along the oceans edge.  A trip around Morte Lake is a great way to spend a good part of the day, especially if you feel like a freshwater swim.  This can be done by both walking or mountain biking.  The mountain biking is tough so you do need a strong bike and a fair amount of skill (bikes can be rented from Jack at Island Cycle in Heriot Bay).

QUADRA ISLAND DINING

Dining on Quadra Island is always good.  The summer comes to life with some of the finest eating places on the coast.  At our end of the island, Heron’s at the Heriot Bay Inn has a diverse menu and deck seating near the water.  Tsa-Kwa-Luten-Lodge on the south end of Quadra Island has become a favourite for seafood and the First Nations architecture and the views are outstanding.  Equally as good is April Point Lodge.  The style is classy but you somehow can still feel comfortable in a t-shirt and jeans.  For something a little more local, try the two pubs on either end of Quadra Island. The Landing Pub next to the Campbell River Ferry, and the Heriot Bay Inn (separate from Heron’s Restaurant) next to the Cortez Ferry.  The Heriot Bay Inn has great evening dining, good pub grub and live music on many nights – it’s a real island hot spot!  Be prepared to dance to some of the best shows on the North Island.

QUADRA ISLAND DINING GUIDE

HERIOT BAY INN AKA THE HBI

Recently purchased by a community cooperative, this historical hub has gotten a new injection of energy and fresh life.  Regular events happen throughout the week and new music plays on Fridays in the pub.  The food is generally good in the pub and a bit more upscale in the restaurant.  Everyone has their favourite!  With an expanded dining room (restaurant), lounge and pub, this place is quite the score for us here on Quadra.

website: www.heriotbayinn.com
phone: 250-285-3322

APRIL POINT RESORT RESTAURANT

At a sweet location overlooking Discovery Passage, the restaurant has top-notch food. It’s posh restaurant, Quadra-style, with occasional live music and great ambience.

website: www.aprilpoint.com
phone: 250-285-2222

CAFÉ AROMA

This café has a great location and a great vibe in Quathiaski Cove on the route from Campbell River ferry to the Cortez ferry. There’s wireless access to the internet or you can use their computer. The shop has popular Eggs Benny on Sundays and Peter and Helene’s Quadra-roasted coffee beans.

phone: 250-285-2404

LOVIN’ OVEN II

Jim and Paul make killer breads that contaminate the rest of the food with pure happiness. There’s a cranberry orange bread that they use to make fancy-dancy and yet oddly simple French toast. And then there’s the pizza… Bakery-level pizza crusts with pizza staples and some unique toppings. It will change pizzas for you forever.

phone: 250-285-2262

THE LANDING PUB

You can walk there in about 2 minutes and 34 seconds from the Campbell River ferry landing (on the Quadra side, obviously). Lots of classic pub fare with some surprises. The Q-Cove spicy chicken pizza is quite delish.

phone: 250-285-3713

TSA-KWA-LUTEN LODGE

Tsa-Kwa-Luten has one of the more spectacular views on the island and an ambience to match. With a First Nations heritage, the salmon is a recommended choice here. Open and in full swing through the spring and summer, it’s closed in the winter except for private functions.

website: www.capemudgeresort.bc.ca
phone: 250-285-2042

THINGS TO DO ON QUADRA ISLAND

QUADRA ISLAND KAYAKS

Quadra Island Kayaks is the sister company to Spirit of the West Adventures. Quadra Island Kayaks offers 4 tours a day, from a full day on the water to the lovely sunset tour. The east coast of Quadra Island has some of the best sea kayaking on the east coast of Vancouver Island and this is a trip not to be missed while visiting Quadra Island.

Website: www.quadraislandkayaks.com
Phone: 1-877-475-TOUR (8687)

ABORIGINAL JOURNEYS

First Nations owned wildlife viewing and adventure tour company located in Campbell River. Enjoy whale watching, grizzly bear viewing on Aboriginal lands, breathtaking nature and marine wildlife viewing tours throughout Discovery Passage, Johnstone Strait and the mainland inlet areas. Locally born, Transport Canada certified guides with a minimum 30 years experience working and traveling within our waters.

Website: www.aboriginaljourneys.com
Phone: 1-888-455-8101

DESTINY RIVER ADVENTURES

Destiny River Adventures is based in Campbell River. They offer professionally guided river rafting tours ranging from the thrills of whitewater rafting to serene scenic river floats and snorkelling with thousands of returning salmon.  Suitable for almost the whole family – seniors welcome!

Website: www.destinyriver.com
Phone: 1-877-923-7238

THE HERIOT BAY INN

So far the HBI has been mentioned in every category! Besides great music in an intimate venue, the HBI Adventure Centre can organize trips and tours of all kinds around Quadra and the Discovery Islands.  Very friendly folks and community-owned to boot.

Website: www.heriotbayinn.com
Phone: 250-285-3322

NUYUMBALEES CULTURAL CENTRE

At Cape Mudge on the south end of the island and home to the Cape Mudge First Nation. The museum is a well-designed showcase and interpretive centre for the Kwa’Kwa’Ka’Wa’Kw culture. The museum has a potlatch collection, displays on the Hamat’sa ceremony and there’s a Carving and Artists Centre. Go south from Quathiaski Cove to the village and follow the signs.

Website: www.nuyumbalees.com
Phone: Museum and Cultural Centre 250-285-3733
Phone: Band Council office 250-285-3316

THE COMMUNITY CENTRE AND BLENKIN PARK

This place often has something going on, like a festival, a workshop or movie night. There’s also a skatepark for those that like to board, and tennis courts for those who like to hit a ball around.

Website: www.quadrarec.bc.ca
Phone: 250-285-3243

HASKIN FARM TRAIL

Starting at Smith Rd., this is a nice descent to a quiet and fairly secluded area of the beach. Again, it’s a clearly marked trail that’ll take you about an hour return. Note the no horses sign once the descent starts.

COMMUNITY CENTRE TRAILS

Quite a system of trails in here, but wherever you end up it’ll be easy to make it back to where you started, especially since the trails go from West Rd., to Heriot Bay Rd. and back. If you have a vehicle parked on one side you could hike back or take the scenic route around and hitch back.

REBECCA SPIT

Another one of Quadra’s staple hikes, you have to stop in at the spit. To sound like you know what’s going on you can refer to Rebecca Spit as ‘the Spit’, making the ‘Rebecca’ silent. This place is definitely appropriate for the whole family, it’s not challenging and because it’s a peninsula you can always march out to the ocean for a little intertidal zone playtime. There are signs saying no biking on the trail part of the spit. It’s also an amazing place for picnics, views, and storm watching.

HERIOT RIDGE TRAIL

This trail is a moist, green, very BC coast trail where you hike through the bush, along a rock face and then out onto a ridge. It’s very mellow with some moderate hills, and is more of a few-hour afternoon hike than a big day hike.

MORTE LAKE TRAIL

If you’re into single-track mountain biking this is the trail where you should end up. If you don’t have much experience you’re going to be getting off your bike, but it’s a trail well worth exploring. It’s also a fabulous hike that’ll bring you out to none other than Morte Lake, with a couple choice swimming spots. From the Morte Lake parking you can hike to Chinese Mountains if you want. To hike around Morte Lake takes about 2 to 3 hours, but there is a spur that heads out to a view over Seymour Narrows that makes this a full day.

CHINESE MOUNTAINS TRAIL

This is the trail that brings you up to a stellar view of the Rockies on the mainland and the Coast Mountain Range on Vancouver Island. The South peak is a short hike, but steep, and the North peak is longer, but not so steep. Depends what you’re into that day but the south peak takes less than an hour to get to the top and then there’s a beautiful rocky open area to sit and have a picnic or do tai chi.

NUGEDZI LAKE/MT SEYMOUR

This trail takes you to some very beautiful terrain and then – poof – you’re at Nugedzi Lake. A good climb with a great reward.

NEWTON LAKE TRAIL

From Granite Bay this trail begins on a logging road and finishes winding into the spectacular emerald lake at the top. If you’re feeling ambitious you can continue on, switchbacking down to Small Inlet and Waiatt Bay, but it’s a one-way trip so be prepared to cover all that ground again on the way back.

SATURDAY FARMER’S MARKET

We call it a farmer’s market, but really it’s an everything and anything market, from crafts to massage to bike repairs. Saturdays from 10am to about 2pm throughout the summer. Beside the Credit Union in Quathiaski Cove.

WORKS OF H’ART

Cindy’s shop is full of the good stuff. She’s got pottery by local artisans and a great book and card selection, the kind you find in fancy Vancouver shops. Cindy has clothes, second-hand deals, jewellery, and locals soaps and creams. Located beside the Heriot Bay Store in (where else) Heriot Bay.

Phone: 250-285-3721

ISLAND CYCLE

Jack’s shop will help you out in any way to get you out biking. Jack is a man of many talents and can fix or tune up any bike. You can rent bikes (including electric bikes!), buy new or used bikes and bike parts and accessories. In Heriot Bay.

Website: www.quadraislandcycle.com
Phone: 250-285-3627

 

Trip Planner

GETTING HERE

Your major entry gateways are Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle, and details on travel options from each of these cities are below.

AIR TRAVEL

There is no airport on Quadra Island but you can fly to Campbell River that is a 10 minute ferry ride to Quadra Island.
We can also meet you in Campbell River to start your tour.

Pacific Coastal Air flies from Vancouver to Campbell River or Port Hardy.
Toll Free 1 800 663 2872, Overseas 1 604 273-8666, reserve@pacificcoastal.com, pacific-coastal.com

Central Mountain Air flies from Vancouver to Campbell River or Comox.
They have the latest flight departing Campbell River for Vancouver if you must make it back to Vancouver the day your trip returns.
Toll Free 1 888 865 8585, Overseas 1 250 877 5000, reservations@flycma.com, flycma.com

Air Canada offer flights from Vancouver to Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Victoria.
1 800 247 2262 (in Canada), 1 800 776 3000 (in US), Overseas 1 514 393 3333, aircanada.com

Transfer from Campbell River Airport to Quadra Island Ferry
The Campbell River Airporter is a shuttle that meets all flights and take you to any location in Campbell River for approx. $15 per person, Overseas 1 250 914 1010.

FERRY SERVICE

BC FERRIES provides year-round vehicle & walk-on ferry service for routes between Vancouver and Vancouver Island (Victoria and Nanaimo) as well as between Campbell River and Quadra Island.

Ferries from Vancouver to Vancouver Island, Nanaimo

  • Horseshoe Bay Terminal (northwest of Vancouver) to Departure Bay (north end of Nanaimo), sailing time approx. 1hr 35min.
  • Tsawwassen Terminal (south of Vancouver, closest to Vancouver International Airport) to Duke Point (south end of Nanaimo), sailing time approx. 2hrs.

Ferries from Vancouver to Vancouver Island, Victoria

  • Tsawwassen Terminal (south of Vancouver, closest to Vancouver International Airport) to Swartz Bay (near Victoria), sailing time approx. 1hr 35min.

Ferries From Campbell River to Quadra Island
No reservations possible for this route, runs almost hourly. Approx. $9.50 per person and $25 per vehicle. Sailing time approx. 10 mins

Visit bcferries.com for current schedule information, 1 888 223 3779, Overseas 1 250 386 3431, customerservice@bcferries.com

CAR RENTALS

Budget Car Rental, Toll Free 1 800 299 3199 (Canada), 1 800 527 0700  (USA) | budget.ca

National Tilden, Toll Free 1 800 222 9058,  nationalcar.ca

Rent a Wreck/ Practi Car (Campbell River only), Toll Free 1 800 327 0116, Overseas 1 250 287 8353, rentawreck.ca

BUS SERVICE

There are many options for getting to and from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and various destinations in the region. We recommend checking out the airports official page which shows all your options. yvr.ca/en/getting-to-from-yvr.aspx

Greyhound Bus (Vancouver to Campbell River)

Buses depart downtown Vancouver approx. $50 CAD one-way. Takes approx. 6 hours. The Greyhound station in Campbell River is a short walk to the Quadra Island Ferry terminal about 2 blocks away. 1 800 661 8747, greyhound.ca

Islandlink Bus Services (Departure Bay, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island (where the Horseshoe Bay ferry from Vancouver docks) to Campbell River

Visit their website for up-to-date schedules and booking information. Islandlink drops passengers off at the Tyee plaza, across the road from the Campbell River-Quadra ferry terminal. From here you can walk onto the Quadra ferry. Bus approx: $37.00. No phone available | islandlinkbus.com 

To travel to Quadra you need to go via Vancouver Island.  The island is accessed by ferry service or flights from the mainland. If you are driving from Seattle, allow the full day to get to our area. If you are traveling from south of Vancouver take the Tsawwassen–Nanaimo route (closest to Vancouver airport).  If you are coming through Vancouver take the Horseshoe Bay–Nanaimo route.  Travellers from the USA can also take ferries from Anacortes, Port Angeles and the Seattle area to Victoria on the south end of the island.  If you are travelling by car, please note that the ferries can get quite congested during the summer months, so we advise you to get an early start or make a reservation.

Victoria is approximately a 4-hour drive on Highway 19 from Campbell River, and 2 hrs from Nanaimo.

TRAVEL DETAILS FOR QUADRA ISLAND

If your travel plans allow, we recommend that you come to Quadra Island as it’s a great relaxing way to get introduced to life on the coast.  You can then also attend the pre-trip meeting for our BC tours and make sure you have everything you need for the trip and get all your questions answered.  Parking is most secure for your vehicle and free of charge on Quadra Island.  For those arriving late and without time to relax or explore, Campbell River may work best for you.  For those arriving late and without time to relax or explore, Campbell River may work best for you.

CAMPBELL RIVER AIRPORTER (BUS)

This bus meets all flights and can take you to any location in Campbell River for approximately $15. Reservations are not necessary.
Toll Free 1 855 787 8294, Overseas 1 250 914 1010

CAMPBELL RIVER TAXI SERVICE

If you need to be transported while in Campbell River. For example, you may need a taxi from your hotel to the tour starting point on the morning of tour.
Local & Overseas 1 250 287 8294

FERRIES FROM CAMPBELL RIVER TO QUADRA ISLAND

No reservations possible for this route, runs almost hourly. Approx. $9.50 per person and $25 per vehicle. Sailing time approx. 10 mins.

Visit bcferries.com for current schedule information, 1 888 223 3779, Overseas 1 250 386 3431, customerservice@bcferries.com

QUADRA ISLAND TAXI

The taxi meets every ferry, but if you miss it you can call them. If there’s no answer be sure to leave a message as reception isn’t guaranteed everywhere on the island.  A phone booth is located just off the ferry ramp and takes 50 cents to place a call. Local & Overseas 1 250 205 0505

FROM VICTORIA – CANADA

AIR TRAVEL

There is no airport on Quadra Island but you can fly to Campbell River that is a 10 minute ferry ride to Quadra Island.
We can also meet you in Campbell River to start your tour.

Pacific Coastal Air flies from Victoria to Campbell River
Toll Free 1 800 663 2872, Overseas 1 604 273-8666, reserve@pacificcoastal.com, pacific-coastal.com

Air Canada offer flights from Victoria to Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Victoria.
1 800 247 2262 (in Canada), 1 800 776 3000 (in US), Overseas 1 514 393 3333, aircanada.com

Transfer from Campbell River Airport to Quadra Island Ferry
The Campbell River Airporter is a shuttle that meets all flights and take you to any location in Campbell River for approx. $15 per person, Overseas 1 250 914 1010.

CAR RENTALS

Budget Car Rental, Toll Free 1 800 299 3199 (Canada), 1 800 527 0700  (USA) | budget.ca

National Tilden, Toll Free 1 800 222 9058,  nationalcar.ca

Rent a Wreck/ Practi Car (Campbell River only), Toll Free 1 800 327 0116, Overseas 1 250 287 8353, rentawreck.ca

BUS SERVICE

Greyhound Bus (Victoria to Campbell River)

Buses depart downtown Victoria approx. $50 CAD one-way. Takes approx. 5 hours. The Greyhound station in Campbell River is a short walk to the Quadra Island Ferry terminal about 2 blocks away. 1 800 661 8747, greyhound.ca

Islandlink Bus Services (Victoria, Vancouver Island to Campbell River

Visit their website for up-to-date schedules and booking information. Islandlink drops passengers off at the Tyee plaza, across the road from the Campbell River-Quadra ferry terminal. From here you can walk onto the Quadra ferry. Bus approx: $57.00. No phone available | islandlinkbus.com 

FROM SEATTLE – USA

AIR TRAVEL

San Juan Airlines departs from Seattle and surrounding areas and arrives in Campbell River.
Toll Free 1 800 874 4434, info@sanjuanairlines.com, sanjuanairlines.com

Kenmore Air offers floatplane flights from Seattle to Campbell River or Heriot Bay (on Quadra Island).
1 800 435 9524, kenmoreair.com

Northwest Seaplanes services Campbell River and Quadra Island by seaplane, flights depart from Renton, Washington near Seattle.
1 800 690 0086, Overseas 1 425 277 1590, nwseaplanes.com

FERRY SERVICE FROM THE USA

Black Ball Ferry (COHO FERRY) departs form Port Angeles, WA (approx. 2.5hrs car drive from Seattle) to Victoria, B.C.
Car and walk-on ferry runs year round except for a brief mid- winter maintenance.
Toll Free 1 888 993 3779, Overseas 1 250 386 2202, cohoferry.com

Washington State Ferry departs from Anacortes, WA (approx. 2.5hrs car drive form Seattle) to Victoria (Sidney) B.C.
(There is a bus service from Seattle International Airport to Anacortes, please see bus service below)
Daily, year round vehicle and passenger ferry. Sailing time approx. 3 hrs.
Toll Free 1 888 808 7977, Overseas 1 250 464 6400, wsinfo@wsdot.wa.gov, wsdot.wa.gov/ferries

Victoria Clipper – departs from Seattle, WA to Victoria, B.C.
Daily, year-round walk-on service (passengers only).
Toll Free 1 800 888 2535, Overseas 1 250 382 8100, victoriaclipper.com

CAR RENTALS

Budget Car Rental, Toll Free 1 800 299 3199 (Canada), 1 800 527 0700  (USA) | budget.com

National Tilden, Toll Free 1 800 222 9058,  nationalcar.com

BUS SERVICE

BOLT BUS
Quick and efficient service between downtown Seattle and downtown Vancouver (main bus terminal only). Free Wifi on board.
Toll Free 1 877 265 8287, boltbus.com

Quick Shuttle Service
Provides transportation between various locations in Seattle and Bellingham and various points in Vancouver, including airports and city centres. Hotel drop offs available.
Toll Free 1 800 665 2122, Overseas 1 604 940 4428, rez@quickcoach.com | quickcoach.com

US Greyhound
Service between downtown Seattle and downtown Vancouver
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Toll Free 1 800 231 2222 | Overseas 1 214 849 8100, greyhound.com

Bellingham Airporter Service
Service between Seattle Airport and Anacortes Ferry (to Victoria). Toll Free 1 866 235 5247, Overseas 1 360 380 8800, shuttle@airporter.com | airporter.com