Life on Quadra


The courses take place at Smokey's Bike Shop & Bike School on Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada. See Directions page.

The Quadra Bike School is on 23 wooded acres. with 100 foot tall trees & larger. Our Animal Farm Trail connects directly to some of Quadra Island’s 50 kilometers of trails. There are great road rides too. A 15 km road loop starts from the Bike School’s front door and passes by the Java Bay Café and Café Aroma, two of the better espresso bars in the region

Note: As this is a school environment, drugs and alcohol will not be used on the property.

Shopping and Entertainment

There is a fine assortment of local stores including a supermarket, with some organics as well as hormone and antibiotic-free meats. Then there are a health food store and a bulk food store, which also carries many organics as well as local fresh eggs (which are cheaper than the organic ones at the supermarket).

There are good local eateries, but they have shorter hours, especially in the off season, than city folks are used to. The two local espresso bars, Aroma and Java Bay, are superb and offer home made desserts or small meals.  They also have free Wifi available.

Check out for more information about local shops and entertainment.

Quadra Island Outdoor Activities

Riding, first & foremost
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Quadra Island is part of the Discovery Islands Group that is unrivaled for its scenic beauty and ecological value. The vibrant forest is home to a variety of wildlife including eagles, heron, deer, wolf, bear, mink and cougars. In the surrounding waters you may spot: otters, porpoises, seals, sea lions, salmon, dolphins and whales. Although most of Quadra's forests were cut down in the early 1900's the forest is now returning to maturity and is a delight to experience. Old growth trees have been found in a few locations. Trails have been made to showcase some of these.

Ben on his handmade jump.
We ride everywhere!
Octopus Islands Marine Park is a cluster of small islets at the mouth of Wiatt Bay on Quadra's north-east corner. This is a popular moorage and superb sea kayaking destination.

Main Lake Provincial Park, which is home to some of the largest freshwater lakes found on the islands of the Salish Sea. Highlights of this park are: the giant Douglas fir trees around Stramberg Lake, the canoe camping circuit through the lake chain, the portage route to saltwater at Yeatman Bay and hiking the old roads and back country routes through the forest.

Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park is a narrow hook of land on the east side of Quadra Island. It’s an excellent area for beach exploration and picnicking. Sandy beaches line both sides of the 2-km spit at this popular day use park overlooking sheltered Drew Harbour, a favorite anchorage for boaters.

Surge Narrows Marine Park is the site of some of the world's fastest tidal currents where the channel between Quadra Island's east shore and Maurelle Island is blocked by a group of small islets in the narrows. A trail is planned from the Surge Narrows Road to these narrows.

Other activities

Students can participate in kayaking, hiking, swimming, SUP, and wildlife watching.  There are a number of businesses that rent equipment and conduct guided tours.

Kayaking on the Pacific
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Contact Quadra Bike School

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To apply to Quadra Bike School, click here