Dec 6, 2018

Harbour Marina QuadraSailing in the waters around Quadra Island is fabulous. Admittedly the winds aren't always reliable and you may not be hoisting the sails every day but the overall experience, scenery and atmosphere of Quadra is a sailor’s dream. There are protected anchorages around Quadra Island that are renowned in the Pacific-Northwest boating community.

In calm conditions the waters around Quadra can be smooth as glass for weeks on end. Late summer and early fall are typically placid and the perfect time for cruising and relaxing. Spring freshets and weather systems at any time of year can bring the wind up for some exciting sailing and many of the channels have plenty of room.

Experienced sailors know to be aware at all times for changes in the weather and marine hazards. The terrain of Quadra, the Discovery Islands and neighbouring inlets is rugged, it is a maze of channels, bays, inlets, points and islands requiring skilled navigation almost all the time underway. The surrounding mountains and huge fetch of the fjords and straits can create violent sea conditions and boats do sink and lives are lost almost every year in these waters.

When the sun is shining and conditions are idyllic it is simply paradise to be on the water, adrift on the lapping waters or at anchor beside a quiet island beach.

Rebecca Spit Aerial Quadra Island

 

 

 

Small Inlet Marine Provincial Park

Located at the northern tip of Quadra Island, Small Inlet Marine Provincial Park provides a well-protected anchorage where boaters can wait for slack water to pass through the tidal rapids of Discovery Passage, Okisollo Channel and Hole in the Wall.

The park encompasses Newton Lake, a small lake suitable for swimming and picnicking, although no facilities are provided. A rough trail from the southeast corner of Small Inlet leads to the lake. It is also possible to portage from the head of Small Inlet Marine Provincial Park to nearby Waiatt Bay in Octopus Islands Marine Provincial Park via a rough trail, approximately 1.5 km long.

In addition to the provincial Park there are three marinas for the boating public to enjoy.

Taku ResortTaku Resort

Located in Drew Harbour, we are the only Clean Marine BC designated marina in the Discovery Islands. Having Rebecca Spit as a natural breakwater and 1000' of sturdy moorage, this is the best marina in the area. We are the perfect jumping off point for trips into the Discovery Islands.  When using our excellent moorage facilities, guests can also access the resort's amenities: Internet access, tennis court, kayak rentals, coin showers and laundry facilities. Provisions at the market, only a five-minute stroll away. We are also the closest marina to the Quadra Island Golf Course.  Our professional staff await your arrival.  Marina services include 30/50 amp service and fresh water. 

GPS coordinates – Latitude: 50.101040 Longitude: -125.204375 or N50’6.0624 and W125’12.2625

Ph: 1-877-285-TAKU (8258) Local: 250-285-3031 VHF: 66A


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www.takuresort.com

Heriot Bay Inn MarinaHeriot Bay Inn and Marina

The full-facility marina at the Heriot Bay Inn welcomes pleasure craft and working boats alike to its 1800’ moorage. Services include propane, marine fuel, wireless internet, 15 amp power, ice, showers, and laundry facilities, as well as two great dining options.

Tie up and enjoy casual seaside dining on the Herons patio, or a truly great burger and beer in the HBI Pub. Savour creative coastal flavours, and live music every weekend.

Heriot Bay Dock
The Heriot Bay Tru-Valu is a short stroll away and offers full provisions including fresh produce, meats, liquor sales, and courtesy dock delivery too. Stock up before exploring Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands.

Ph: 250 285-3322 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


www.heriotbayinn.com

 

Quadra Island Harbour Authority

Quathiaski Cove Harbour: Moorage, Power hookup, Boat Launch, Pay Parking, Washrooms and Pay Phone. Heriot Bay Harbour: Moorage, Power hookup, Fresh Water, Boat Launch, Pay Parking, Washrooms and Pay Phone.

PO Box 162 Quathiaski Cove BC V0P 1N0
Quadra Cove ph: 250-285-3622 Heriot Bay ph: 250-285-3555
www.qiha.ca

Thornbury on Georgian BayJennifer Harker

To borrow a line from Monty Python, “and now, for something completely different”.

Normally, our boating adventures are spent weaving our way amongst the picturesque backdrop of the 30,000 Islands of eastern Georgian Bay aboard our Sea Ray Sundancer 268. This time we’ve traded power for sail as friends welcome us aboard their 38-foot Irwin for the Canada Day long weekend.

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