QUADRA ISLAND TRAILS

QUADRA ISLAND TRAILS

This website has been moved to this new address, thank you: http://quadraislandtrails.ca

Welcome to the Quadra Island Hiking Trails website. This website is being built  to share Quadra’s lovely island hiking trails and scenery with all of Quadra’s visitors and residents.  We do our best to clear, mark, and bridge our trails, all with volunteer effort, and we have tourists from around the world hiking these trails every summer and telling us year after year how impressed they are with their Quadra Island hiking experiences. However, we still occasionally have people who get lost or cannot find the start of a trail. This website is designed to help avoid problems when hiking Quadra’s trails.

Remember to prepare well for your hike, take plenty of warm clothing, water and food, a cell phone and/or locator beacon are advised especially for newcomers, and if possible ask locals who know these trails before you hike them. There are cougars, wolves, and black bears on this island so please keep you dog on a leash for its own safety and do not let it run free as it will be there one minute and may vanish into a predator’s tummy the next minute if it’s running free ahead of you. Cats and small dogs are particularly vulnerable and the many eagles on the island will snatch them in a flash if you do not monitor your pet very closely.

Camping is permitted on Quadra provided you keep your campsite clean and leave no litter behind. Be warned that every summer there is a total ban on all open fires and this must be strictly observed, thank you. The fine for having an open fire during the ban can be very severe.

Quadra Island lies across Discovery Passage beside Campbell River, Vancouver Island, and is about 26 miles long and averages about three miles wide. Quadra is heavily forested, and in places is very rugged, with mountains up to 2,000′ high. On the island are numerous well-kept forest trails and forest walks, some near the residential areas and others back in the wilderness where you might see wolf, cougar, or black bear; as well as beaver, mink, otter, and black-tail deer. The views east from Quadra are spectacular as the large photo shows, and many trails have viewpoints east and west. There are some jewels of small and medium lakes on Quadra too; some high up, and other down near roads. The purpose of this website is to give descriptions of Quadra’s trails so that people can access the information online before deciding to hike any particular trail.

Although Quadra is a relatively small island, make no mistake, people do get lost on the trails here; and the terrain is deadly rugged in places with many hidden cliffs, bluffs, and impossible undergrowth. Stay on the trails and if you think you are lost, stop immediately and backtrack a little way until you know you are back on the correct trail. If you have a cell phone or locator beacon such as a Spot, and you are wary of trying to backtrack, then call for help. Plan your hike carefully, take food and water, extra clothes especially a raincoat, and it is advisable to tell someone exactly where you will be hiking and when you expect to return. Below photo shows volunteers preparing logs for a new hiking/biking trails bridge near Morte Lake, Quadra Island.

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The trails are signposted.

Quadra Island     GENERAL OUTDOORS INFORMATION:

Many of the streams on Quadra hold good drinking water, but be wary of stagnant water and slower moving streams, especially if there has been no heavy rain for a while, or if there are any signs of wildlife such as beaver in the water. Giardia is present in Quadra’s stream water in places, as there are beaver and deer here among other wildlife. Smaller and swift streams, especially ones coming from out of the ground are generally safe to drink at all times.

Beware of tick bites, as Lyme disease is present on Quadra and surrounding islands, although is not common. If you are bitten by a tick and are unsure of Lyme disease symptoms, please carefully research online or visit a doctor, as the correct antibiotic taken as soon as possible can save you huge amounts of suffering and many doctors visits. Lyme disease is rare but is a particularly nasty problem to contract. For protection against tick bites wear long pants and long-sleeved shirt, and avoid bashing through heavy scrub, where ticks can drop onto you. Stay on the trails.

If you are camping or hiking do not leave food or possessions lying around in the open as this can attract wildlife such as bears; and gulls, ravens, and crows will steal things from under your nose. There are not many black bears on Quadra, but they are around from time to time.

(2) Stramberg Lake and Oldgrowth Grove Trail:

(this will eventually get its own page)

This trail begins on the left, just to the left of a logging road which climbs into the forest here, just as the first of the Village Bay Lakes comes into view on your right, as you drive north towards Village Bay Lakes. This trail has not been maintained except for some work on the route into the old growth grove. The old Stramberg Lake Trail branches off this trail to the left about an hour’s hike from the road, but the trail is overgrown and very hard to follow, apart from the odd bit of flagging tape which may still be on the odd tree. Time taken to hike from Village Bay Lakes Road to old growth grove is about 2 hours. There is another way to the old growth grove and to Stramberg Lake, via the Open Bay Main Road, which will be dealt with in its own section below.

northern sawwhet owl, Quadra Island

A northern saw-whet owl photographed perched alongside the Stramberg Lake/Old Growth Grove Trail.

(3) The Open Bay Main Road trails to Stramberg Lake and The Old Growth Grove

To get to Open Bay Main Road drive north on Quadra until you pass the Granite Bay Road turnoff on your left. Continue down the steep hill almost to its bottom, but turnoff to your left on the dirt road near the bottom of that hill. This road takes you through to the Granite Bay Road and there puts you near Granite Bay. After you have turned left onto Open Bay Main Road drive for about 12-15 minutes until you pass over a larger bridge and then take the next road on your right. This leads past Stramberg Lake, visible through the trees, and after a mile or so to the trail beginning into the old growth grove. It is best to have someone who knows this turnoff with you as the old logging roads can be confusing and wrong road forks easily taken.

If you feel that you can assist with building this website, with photographs and/or trail descriptions, or improved versions of current descriptions please forward them to the administrator (alpinewriting@gmail.com) and they will be reviewed and probably used on this site, with a credit to their author if needed. Shallaligan Pass Trail is one description still needed for this site.