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Explore the Discovery Islands

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The Discovery Islands are located in the Discovery Passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. This spectacular archipelago begins where the Strait of Georgia narrows between Quadra Island and Vancouver Island and continues north until it widens into the Johnstone Strait.

Many islands have resident artists who sell their products in galleries and at annual festivals. The area offers adventure, recreation and many fishing lodges. Biking, canoe touring, diving, hiking, sea kayaking and sport fishing are popular activities. Bikes, boats, canoes and sea kayaks can be rented locally.

The quiet rural lifestyle, spectacular scenery, temperate climate, wildlife habitat, and year-round recreation combine to make the Discovery Islands a desirable area to live and visit. The breathtaking fjords of Toba Inlet and Bute Inlet are a popular destination for boaters. Only Quadra Island and Cortes Island have ferry service, and the other islands are serviced by private boat or float plane.

Read about local news and upcoming events in the Discovery Islander. The islands are located within the Strathcona Regional District, except for a few of the southernmost, such as Hernando Island and Savary Island, which are in the Powell River Regional District.

Strathcona Regional District
  • Cortes Island
  • East Redonda Island
  • East Thurlow Island
  • Hardwicke Island
  • Marina Island
  • Maurelle Island
  • Quadra Island
  • Read Island
  • Rendezvous Islands
  • Raza Island
  • Sonora Island
  • Stuart Island
  • West Redonda Island
  • West Thurlow Island
  • Twin Islands
Powell River Regional District
  • Hernando Island
  • Savary Island

Read about taking a Discovery Islands Mail Flight.

Read about the “best” cinnamon buns at Refuge Cove.


5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Your images are stunning! And now I’m totally jealous.

    August 26, 2013
    • Thank you Heather, I am delighted to hear you like them. I hope you will have an opportunity to visit the beautiful West Coast.

      August 29, 2013
  2. Your photos and stories embrace a love of the ocean and your home. How wonderful!

    August 26, 2013

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