There is currently just the 1 ferry route running between Quadra Island and Cortes Island operated by 1 ferry company – BC Ferries. The Heriot Bay to Whaletown ferry crossing operates daily with a scheduled sailing duration from about 45 minutes.
Whilst we’ve taken great care to ensure the information on this page is correct, as the frequency and duration of crossings on all routes can vary from time to time we’d advise that you get a live quote for current availability on this Quadra Island Cortes Island crossing between Heriot Bay and Whaletown.
Cortes is one of the Discovery Islands in British Columbia, Canada, found towards the northern end of the Gulf of Georgia.
Named after the infamous eighteenth century conquistador of Mexico, Hernan Cortes, the island is, nowadays, known for its tranquillity, sparkling lakes and verdant forests. And, characteristic of the state, Cortes is a playground for outdoor adventurers. Kayaking and sailing across the picturesque rivers and lagoons are popular pursuits, offering mouth-watering views of the mountainous mainland on the horizon.
Its namesake museum is a cultural highlight, showcasing everything from indigenous artifacts to exhibits of the indigenous flora and fauna. Also, be sure to peruse some of the local arts and crafts shops, a currently thriving industry.
The gateway to Cortes is Quadra Island, situated to the west, across the Gulf of Georgia. Regular sailings link the two islands every day, with the ferries docking in the small village of Whaletown on the west coast.