How to get to Quadra Island’s Discovery Islands Lodge

Our Location ~ Discovery Islands Lodge

As the crow flies, we are located about 150 km north from the city of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Between Vancouver Island and the mountainous British Columbia coast, the Discovery Islands are a paradise-wilderness of rainforest islands — offering you BC sea kayaking at its best! Although we are a step away from civilization, it is easy to get here.

Discovery Islands Lodge is at the end of Surge Narrows Road on Quadra Island. Quadra Island is a 10 minute ferry from the city of Campbell River on Vancouver Island. You can get here by air, or overland by driving or bus. There are travel information links at the bottom of this page. We are also happy to help you with travel planning.

Getting to Quadra Island  is part of the adventure! You can get here quick – or you can plan a route to enjoy the sights along the way.

Please feel free to contact us by phone or email!

By Airplane:

Fly to Campbell River airport on Vancouver Island. There are many flights from Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle; see below. Or fly to Comox Airport from Calgary via WestJet.

Drive to the ferry terminal at Campbell River. You can rent a car or use the airporter service.

By Car or Bus:

Take a ferry to Vancouver Island. You can travel from Vancouver BC via BC Ferries departing from terminals at Tsawassen or Horseshoe Bay. Your destination is Nanaimo (mid island) or Victoria, the pretty capital city at the south end of Vancouver Island. There are also ferries from the USA to Victoria – departing from Seattle, WA and Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula. Sailing time for all ferry routes is 1.5 – 2 hours.

Drive to Campbell River via Highway 19. Driving time is 3.5 hours from Victoria; 2 hours from Nanaimo.

Take the ferry to Quadra Island, departing from downtown Campbell River. 10 minutes

Bus service to Campbell River is available from downtown and airport locations at Vancouver, Victoria, and Nanaimo, BC; see below.

How to Get to Discovery Islands Lodge on Quadra Island

It’s 30 km from the ferry. You can drive, hitchhike (the last 15 km might be lots of walking till a car comes by), or take the Quadra Taxi ($55 Cdn) to Discovery Islands Lodge.

Quadra Island Driving Directions – At the Quathiaski Cove (Quadra) ferry landing, follow traffic: off the ferry – up the hill – past the plaza. Turn right at the stop-sign (gas-station corner); turn next-left at West Road (just past the school, where all the directional signs are.) Follow West Road past the police station, and about 5 km further to Heriot Bay.

-At Heriot Bay Fire Station (first crossroad), turn left onto Cramer Road.

-Stay on this road all the way 22 km to Discovery Islands Lodge! The road name changes: Cramer Road becomes Hyacinthe Bay Road, then Village Bay Lakes Road, and finally turns into Surge Narrows Road for the last 5 km or so. (Don’t Turn, and Trust your Odometer!

-You’ll enjoy this winding wilderness road through Quadra Island’s temperate rainforest, and the beautiful BC Provincial Park at Main Lakes. The last 12 km of road are hilly and mostly wide enough for 2 vehicles to pass easily – but be careful! The gravelled road surface is well-maintained and fine for 2- wheel-drive vehicles… Just slow down and enjoy the scenery!

-Surge Narrows Road ends at the ocean, 100 metres beyond our driveway. Before you get there, you’ll see our sign and our driveway to the right: “Discovery Islands Lodge, Sea Kayaking, B&B Kayak Hostel.” The driveway is steep, but fine for all vehicles to go down — and up again after you unload! We don’t have space for parking at the bottom, but there are several parking areas on the driveway, and it is also fine to park along the upper roadside.

Need some help?

We’re happy to help you figure out best paths to get here. Please contact us any time!

Discovery Islands Lodge