Quadra Island

Quadra Centre Campus

Quadra Island is at the north end of the Salish Sea and is part of the Discovery Islands located between Vancouver Island and the mountains and fjords of mainland coast of British Columbia. It is a ten-minute ferry ride from Campbell River. Meeting rooms and accommodations are available for up to 30 people on the thirty-acres of forested, ocean front property the Quadra Centre Meeting House shares with the adjacent Hakai Institute Coastal Observatory, through interlinking trails. The Quadra Centre Meeting House is part of Hakai Institute Coastal Observatory.

The Quadra Island ferry leaves from the Campbell River Terminal, Island Highway, to Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island. It is a ten-minute ride.   

More detailed instructions on getting here.

When on the ferry from Campbell River to Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island, please email contact@QuadraCentre.org to update us on your arrival time, whether being picked up at Quathiaski Cove ferry terminal by Hakai staff or coming independently. There is very limited taxi service on the Island, and no other transportation options.

Meeting House

The Meeting House provides seminar rooms and work areas for up to 30 people in a quiet forested setting on Quadra Island bluffs along the eastern shoreline with views to the snowy Coast Mountains and north Salish Sea. It allows for in person meetings, workshops and for zoom meetings without distractions. We have the technology to support the many ways of connecting with good internet and cell phone coverage. There are also kitchen and dining facilities for full meeting support.


All vehicles are to be parked at 1725 Hyacinthe Bay Road by the Fir House. There is no vehicle access to the Bluff House or parking at the Cove House accommodation.


Arrival time is 5pm or as arranged for your group. Please let us know if you are delayed by emailing contact@QuadraCentre.org. Your group will receive a 10-minute orientation on arrival. We will direct you to your assigned accommodation at the Fir House or Bluff House, 1725 Hyacinthe Bay Road: Cove House 1717 Hyacinthe Bay Road. 


Fir House and Bluff House 

Park in front of Fir House and walk up to Bluff House. Check the board in the entrance for your room number. Most are single occupancy with shared bathrooms and laundry in each building. The common area in Bluff House serves both houses and consists of kitchen/dining room and lounge. Fir House has a small dinette.

Cove House and Dormitory 

Park in front of Fir House, 1725 Hyacinthe Bay Road and follow the trail to Cove House and Dormitory.

Check in the entrance for your room number. Most rooms are single occupancy, Both buildings have two shared bathrooms, with laundry facilities in Cove House. The Common area in Cove House is for the use of all visitors in the two buildings and consists of an eat-in kitchen and lounge.

Please use discretion when sharing accommodation with another group.

Meeting Meals & Coffee Breaks 

Cold breakfast supplies and snacks are available in the accommodation.

During meetings, lunch and coffee breaks are provided in the Meeting House, 1747 Hyacinthe Bay Road, or follow the trail signs. (See Map of Hakai Institute Facilities).

Bag lunches are available on request.

Catered dinners are provided in Bluff or Cove House for all attendees as arranged.


Our Quadra Centre site has good internet and cell service over the entire facility. We have landlines in each building for emergency purposes. 

Campbell River

Campbell River is where the Tula Foundation/ Hakai Institute admin offices are located, across from the BC Ferries terminus for the Quadra Island ferry. Campbell River Airport connects to Vancouver South Terminal on a daily basis, plus has helicopter and small plane charter services.

There is a fully equipped meeting room in the office for up to 35 people, but for larger meetings, there are several good conference facilities in the town.


We are in a Douglas fir coastal forest overlooking the north end of the Strait of Georgia and Coast Mountains, with access to Emerald Cove beach from Cove House, and beach front from the trail connecting the Meeting House and Bluff/Fir Houses. The accommodations are connected to the rest of Hakai Institute labs and office by trails through the forest

There are also many community hiking trails, and kayaking outfits nearby. Rebecca Spit is a 10-minute car ride away.

There are several services on the island offering kayak rentals and tours, as well as bike rentals. These would have to be pre-arranged by you or your group separately. 

For those who want to take more time on Quadra Island to explore this beautiful, diverse island and community, we suggest you book Airbnb or other accommodation well ahead of your intended visit to the Quadra Centre.


Being a large Island with a low population, we share our trails and properties with the local wildlife. The deer population is abundant so care must be taken when driving on our roads. When hiking, mountain biking or using the popular parks and trails, always be aware that a cougar may be around so care must be taken when hiking trails alone, particularly on the more remote trails. Take notice of any warning signs. We also have black bears and wolves that are rarely seen.

Emergency Information 

911 for Ambulance/Fire/Police - other contact numbers are posted in each building. (See Map of Quadra Island Facilities).