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Quadra

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A May 2010 trip to Vancouver Island by MagdaDH_AlexH

Moody beaches Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: Quadra Island, off the coast of Campbell River. May 2010. Magical place.
Moody beaches Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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We drive "up island" from Parksville to Campbell River and Quadra Island. We take the "Oceanside route" rather than the main highway. You can't really see the coast from the road, but it's never far away and in most cases just parking the car and peeking through the trees will take you to the water's edge. It's raining, mostly, but we are still tempted to stop at several moody, pretty much deserted, misty beaches. Oyster shells, colourful seaweed and driftwood - piles of driftwood - cover the shores. In the water, occasional wrecks, and in the distance the mountains of the mainland are just about possible to make out. It's raining, but strangely beautiful.Courtney and Campbell ...Read More

Chinese Mountain on a Canadian Island

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The view from the Chinese Mountain Photo, Quadra Island, British Columbia
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Quadra is a small island off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, across the Discovery Channel from Campbell River. Its population is about 2,000, a tad strange but enchanting mixture so typical for many of those small places between Vancouver Island and the mainland: half-hippie-half -lumberjack, half-feral-half-art-professional. Our first full day on Quadra is also the Older Child's birthday, but we are mean to her and decide to hike up the Chinese Mountain, a local hill of 320 or so meters. The kids race up - even the Younger Child is not demanding carrying, spurred I think by the presence of other two boys. It's not a long hike, but a steep one, with a touch of a mild scramble at o...Read More

Nuyumbalees Culture Centre

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Attraction | "Returned Treasures"

Nuyumbalees Culture Centre Photo, Quadra Island, British Columbia
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The Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, located in Cape Mudge village on the British Columbia island of Quadra, combines the functions of an important cultural centre for the local community of the Kwa'Kwa'Ka'Wa'Kw (Kwagiulth) People and a museum open to all visitors, displaying the artefacts gathered at the centre. The Nuyumbalees Society was founded in over 30 years ago to work towards the aim of achieving the return of Potlatch regalia, which has now been accomplished. The objects have been now returned on the condition that they are displayed to the public, which is lucky for visitors but somewhat against the spirit of the rituals for which the artefacts were originally used as some of the r...Read More

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Nuyumbalees Culture Centre
Cape Mudge
Quadra Island, British Columbia

Cape Mudge

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The Nuyumabales Cultural Centre Photo, Quadra Island, British Columbia
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Discovery Passage is the strait between the Vancouver Island and the group of islands towards the British Columbia mainland, connecting the Strait of Georgia and the Johnstone Strait. As it's a fairly narrow waterway, the coastal beaches are frequently strewn with driftwood, from large logs to small branches and roots. Most of it is a result of logging that goes on heavily on Vancouver Island and Quadra alike, but the result is a very atmospheric, if often hard to negotiate. We walk along the beach from Cape Mudge village to Cape Mudge lighthouse – itself an attractive building on the southern edge of the Quadra Island and further on along a pebble beach full of amassed driftwood. The sea...Read More

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Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

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Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge Photo, Quadra Island, British Columbia
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Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge is a First-Nation run resort on Qaudra near Cape Mudge. We did not stay there but we had coffee and cakes there and it was lovely! The whole building is constructed as a giant log house in the Pacific Coast Kwagiult style, located on a coast of the Discovery Passage and on the edge of a massive area of woodland. There is native art visible all around the building, and the feeling of the cafe/lobby area is spacious, airy and very comfortable. The coffee was very decent (for Canada :-) and the cakes were huge and tasty. I also asked for a room price (which seemed very reasonable for the place) and to see the room (which appeared comfortable and spa...Read More

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Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge
1 Lighthouse Road
Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia