British Columbia recently experienced its coldest February on record. During the record-breaking cold snap, we made our way to Quadra Island, part of the Discovery Island group. Located about halfway up the eastern coast of Vancouver Island and only a short ferry ride from Campbell River, Quadra Island is a small, tight-knit community of about 2,500. The laissez-faire style of island living means mountain biking can thrive.
The trails that have been built on Quadra contain everything from steep descents on rocky bluffs to tight singletrack through the island's mature second-growth forest. The paths are built with topography in mind and blend seamlessly into a Quadra network of all-purpose trails. During our time on Quadra, we fought frozen pipes in -13°C degree (8.5°F) temperatures along with wind, snow, and draining camera batteries. But the results were worth it. In other words: if you haven’t been to Quadra Island, you need to go. Our advice: plan your adventure in some milder temperatures.