Adventure Recreation in the Discovery Islands
from island seas to mountain tops we have the adventure for you!
The Discovery Islands are becoming known as a mecca for outdoor recreation and adventure. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the facilities at the Quadra Island Community Centre which includes a skatepark, tennis courts, ball park, climbing wall, horse riding ring and more. Cortes Island also has an outstanding skatepark and other recreation amenities.
Both Quadra and Cortes islands have growing networks of hiking and mountain biking trails constructed and maintained by energetic local volunteers. New trails and routes are being added on a regular basis. The hiking trails offer a variety of experiences at a range of difficulties with casual shoreline walks, full day hikes through the deep lush temperate rainforest to see giant old-growth trees and steep climbs to high lakes and mountain top views. Watch out on Quadra for a detailed hiking trails map published by the Quadra Island Trails Committee and other local guidebooks. Adjacent Vancouver Island has some of the best hiking in British Columbia.
Mountain bikers will find classic cruisers on old logging road grades and difficult technical singletrack on rough routes through the stunningly beautiful forest. Look for detailed trails maps locally. For a detailed map of mountain bike trails and routes on Quadra Island click here. Bikes are available to rent at several locations.
On the ocean, sea kayakers will find a paddler's paradise with a maze of channels, islets, coves, inlets and beaches to explore. There are superb destinations for short half and full day trips as well as courses to soak up a week or more of paddling. Paddlers should take note that the waters around the Discovery Islands experience swift tidal exchanges and keeping not only tide tables handy but current charts as well is vital. Experienced paddlers may want to bring play boats to ride the standing waves and rapdis in Okisollo Channel and Surge Narrows.
Power craft and sailboats cruise through the rushing tidal rapids and protected waters to hot salmon fishing spots, serene anchorages and wildife viewing opportunities. If you're aboard your own boat you will find full marine services in the Discovery Islands and nearby Campbell River. There are secluded anchorages dotted throughout the islands, some popular for the social set and others tucked out of the way for your own bit of solitude. Local tour operators offer a variety of boat charters and tours to fish, sightsee and much more.
Under the water's surface awaits a world of scuba diving discovery. The clear nutrient-rich water is home to a dazzling array of marine life and local dive charters offer full service dive experiences. Okay so the water is a little chilly but bundle up in a thick suit and prepare to be amazed!