My wife and I just returned from a 3 night get away to Quadra Island. We took our boat & stayed at one of the A Frame cabins on the waterfront. I/We've been to many places on both coasts of Vancouver Island, but the combination of a good location, comfortable accommodation and spectacular scenery made this the best yet. Even though it is early season, everything around the lodge was in shape and ready to go. The cabin was well equipped and extremely comfortable and the view from the deck out to Desolation Sound / Bute Inlet was amazing.
We launched our 20' fishing boat at the Lodge ramp (mid and higher tide a requirement) and moored it on the Lodge float a couple of minutes walk from our cabin. We were lucky to have fantastic weather and used the boat to travel throughout Desolation Sound, Toba and Bute Inlets putting on some 500 km of running while there. The scenery was beyond description. I only fished one night, but still managed a v good Chinook less than 10 minutes from the Lodge dock that tasted wonderful off the BBQ on the cottage deck. I should have put the kayak (even the canoe would have been fine) on the truck as well as the waters around the lodge are perfect for paddling with Rebecca Spit Marine park in front of the lodge providing both protection and great paddling water.
The location is only a 10 minute walk to a grocery store (with Liquor outlet for those inclined) so stocking up is easy. There is no restaurant at the lodge, but the Heriot Bay Inn is also only a 10 minute walk away and the dinner we had on our arrival day was very good. They have a nice deck that is a great spot to sit and enjoy a drink or meal.
If you have no boat, there is no lack of things to do. Great hiking & cycling is to be had on Quadra and the ferry to Cortes Island leaves from Heriot Bay, right next to the restaurant so it would bean easy day trip to hike or cycle there as well. The lodge has Lasers and canoes to rent and there is a kayak outfit that operates from the adjacent beach as well.
All in all, highly recommended as a place to go and unwind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A magnificent seaside resort with a perfect blend of laidback ambience and luxurious comfort. Enjoy views from all suites and cabins. Our accommodations will meet your needs and budget and all have a full kitchen and balcony. Alternately, there are forested campsites or the excellent marina for you to stay. On-site, you can enjoy cookery courses, the hot tub, tennis, kayaking, basketball and bocce and more. Quadra Island also offers activities such as golf, hiking, art studios and much more. Our professional and attentive staff look forward to hosting you. The complete Discovery Island vacation experience awaits you at Taku Resort. ... more less