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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


Historic Mail Flight

Corilair Charters historic mail flight is a highlight for visitors to the Discovery Islands. Their seasoned crew will take you on a journey that begins at Corilairs’ floatplane dock on world famous Tyee Spit in Campbell River, where you board a Dehavilland Beaver or Cessna floatplane. Their pilots point out many highlights of the region enroute to the remote islands of Coastal British Columbia.

Sit back, relax and take in the views as you fly through the Discovery Islands to the fringes of Desolation Sound and Coastal Inlets. You have the opportunity to get out at each stop to stretch your legs and enjoy the local hospitality as Corilair delivers mail and supplies. The route may vary each trip, but the experience to see some of British Columbia’s most remote and beautiful scenery will leave you breathless.

Cinnamon Buns at Refuge Cove on West Redonda Island

Don’t miss the cinnamon buns at Refuge Cove. They are a delicious treat to enjoy with your morning coffee. Get there early because they quickly sell out!

Refuge Cove’s waterfront bistro, Upcoast Summers, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Sundays and Mondays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, from mid-June through mid-September. The cafe and bakery serves espresso coffee, a wide selection of baked goods and other delicious offerings including deluxe burgers, home fries and fresh salads.

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