Is this your first visit to this part of the world? Is this your first stay at a bed and breakfast? Often guests have questions they’d like answered before their trip. To make your planning and your visit more enjoyable, here are some common questions and their answers. Be sure to get in touch if you have other questions. .

What is different about staying at a B&B rather than a hotel or motel?

Typically, staying at a bed and breakfast accommodation is a more personal experience than staying at a hotel. It's a great way to meet people from other parts of the world and have interesting conversations.

What is different about staying at a B&B rather than a hostel?

In a hostel, guests have full use of the kitchen facilities, which isn't typical in a B&B.

Do I need a car when I stay at Quadra Island Harbour House B &B?

Centrally located, Quadra Island Harbour House B&B is just a 10 minute walk to the Heriot Bay Village. There you'll find shops, post office, grocery store and government wharf. Heriot Bay Inn offers quality dining at Heron's Restaurant, as well as live music and lots of activities at the pub. It's also a short walk to Quadra Island Kayaks and Island Cycle Bike Rentals. Just across the street from the B&B, when the tide is low, beachcombing beckons. Within close walking distance, Rebecca Spit Provincial Park is a wonderful place for picnicking and swimming (for the hardy). The Cortes Island Ferry Terminal is nearby for those who want to make a day trip.

Do I need a vehicle to get around Quadra Island or can I walk or bike?

Quadra Island, over 30 miles long, is a big island. If you want to explore it all, you'll need a vehicle. Nearest car rental agencies are in Campbell River. If you're fairly fit, it's also possible to see a lot of Quadra Island by bicycle. Unfortunately Quadra Island has no public transportation system; however, Quadra Taxi is always available.

How can I avoid ferry overloads?

To minimize traffic congestion and your wait time, consider walking on and off the ferry. If it is necessary to take your vehicle on the ferry during your stay, try to use off-peak times which, from the Quadra Island side, are before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

Where can I eat on Quadra Island?

There are several good restaurants at Quadra Island resorts, each with distinct characteristics (Tsa Kwa Luten, April Point, Heriot Bay Inn, Gowlland Harbour Resort). Several pubs and cafes offer a selection from gourmet pizza to organic vegetarian. Close to Quadra Island Harbour House Bed and Breakfast you can access a restaurant, a pub, and two seasonal kiosks.

Are there grocery stores on Quadra Island?

There are two Quadra Island grocery stores, as well as other services. Whenever possible, we hope that you will use services, facilities and tours developed and operated by local people. This provides financial benefits to local families and contributes to the vibrancy and viability of our Quadra Island community.

What's the weather like on Quadra Island in the summer?

The Quadra Island climate is usually moderate, and historically, summer days often averaged a very comfortable 25 degrees C (that would be mid 70's for Farenheit folks). However, with the unpredictability of recent weather changes, it's difficult to predict how each summer will develop.

What is it like to visit Quadra Island in fall or winter or spring?

Many outdoor activities are still possible, as well as year round activities like visiting artists, the museum, or joining residents in cultural activities and entertainment. Low season travel also helps to avoid ferry overloads and over use of island resources. Quadra Island clothing culture is casual...just bring layers so you can add or subtract to suit the moment. A light wind and waterproof jacket is always good insurance.

What clothes do I need on Quadra Island?

Quadra Island clothing culture is casual...just bring layers so you can add or subtract to suit the moment. A light wind and waterproof jacket is always good insurance.

What if I get sick?

Quadra Island Medical Clinic is open 6 days a week, and Campbell River Hospital is a 10 minute ferry ride away.

Are there special environmental concerns I should know about?

Fire hazard can be high in the summer. Water is supplied by wells, and the majority of homes rely on septic systems, not sewer. All garbage must be trucked to landfills off Quadra Island, so try to minimize the amount of garbage produced, and use recycling containers provided in Quathiaski Cove.

For boating, what should I be aware of?

On the water, keep a distance of at least 100 meters from seals, dolphins, birds and other mammals in order to avoid disturbing them. Don't touch wildlife or disturb habitats. Personal water craft use is banned on local Quadra waters, and a 10hp limit applies to boats in the Main Lakes Chain Provincial Park. Noisy jet boats and jet skis are discouraged in ocean harbours; they don't fit with the peaceful quiet atmosphere of the island. Tides and currents are strong in this area; be sure to check charts.



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