Discovery Islands Recreation
With the help of the Quadra Island trails map and other local information, hikers can explore many scenic trails through forests, up mountains, and along the shorelines. Searching for petroglyphs on boulders at the water's edge is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, and anthropologist Joy Inglis' book, Spirit in the Stone, is an excellent guide to Quadra Island's ancient rock art.
Cycling is a wonderful way to travel island roads and trails, and visitors will find many interesting sights within easy pedalling distance of Quathiaski Cove, Heriot Bay and Manson's Landing. The clear waters and diverse marine life off Quadra's shores make the area one of the best destinations for scuba diving in the world. The HMCS Columbia was sunk off Quadra in 1996, creating an artificial reef for marine life and a popular spot for divers.
Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will find plenty to do throughout the Discovery Islands. On Quadra Island Rebecca Spit Provincial Park is a popular spot for swimming and boating, and Village Bay Lakes Chain Provincial Park is ideal for kayaking and canoeing. Many visitors enjoy exploring offshore waters in a sea kayak or sailboat, either for day trips or overnight camping expeditions.
Wildlife is plentiful on and around the Discovery Islands, and sightings of bald eagles, herons, seals, sea lions, porpoises, orcas and even grey whales are common. Several charter boat operators now offer wildlife viewing excursions as well as fishing trips.
Salmon fishing draws many visitors to the Islands, and they are surrounded by hot fishing spots. Anglers can row for mighty springs in the Tyee Pool at the mouth of the Campbell River, or try their luck trolling at spots like Deepwater Bay, the lighthouse, or Rebecca Spit.