Hotel at a Glance: Whiskey Point Resort
Outdoorsy types should add Canada’s Discovery Islands to their bucket lists. Overlooking the Discovery Passage—which separates Vancouver Island from mainland Canada—the archipelago draws visitors for its sea kayaking, miles of hiking and biking trails, saltwater fishing, and abundant wildlife, including traveling pods of orcas and roaming grizzly bears. Overlooking Quathiaski Cove from a hillside, Whiskey Point Resort sits on the largest of the Discovery Islands, Quadra, an evergreen-studded isle surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms boast harbor views, a kitchenette with a stove, and satellite TV.
- Stargaze around the outdoor fire pit
- Put your dining credit toward entrees such as west coast cod and chips or parmesan chicken burger at Heriot Bay Inn, a short drive away
- Head to the seaside gazebo to soak in the outdoor hot tub
- Gather on the lawn: Warm weather brings games of croquet, badminton, bocce ball, or volleyball in the lawn.
Quadra Island, British Columbia: Whale-Watching, Hiking, and Salmon Fishing Along Discovery Passage
Nestled between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia, the Discovery Islands are a hidden gem for nature enthusiasts. Head to Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park to stroll coastal paths with panoramic views of the mountains across the bay. There’s an excellent photo op at the historic Lighthouse at Cape Mudge, built in 1898, along the island’s southern tip. Whale-watching is also a popular pursuit, as more than 120 orcas gather around Robson Bight and Telegraph Cove annually each summer.
Just across the strait from Quadra Island lies Campbell RIver. This area is uniquely suited to salmon fishing, thanks to its abundance of eddies and inlets where large coho and Chinook salmon naturally congregate. Anglers descend here each summer and autumn in pursuit of big catches. Some participate in traditional Tyee fishing, where fishers wait in a nonmotorized rowboat in the hopes of reeling in a Chinook weighing 30 or more pounds—thus earning membership in the Tyee Club.