At Heriot Bay on Quadra Island stands an inn that was built in 1895 by Hosea Arminis Bull. He sold it in 1926 and it was resold in 1943. After at least two more owners and several upgrades along the way, the inn now boasts bathrooms in each suite, as well as an art gallery, fireside lounge, and dining room.
The inn is at the departure point for the ferry to another of the Gulf Islands, Cortes. With each ferry ride, the lifestyles of the inhabitants go back more to a simpler (and often healthier, or at least more free) way of life – or as we called it in the 70s, “more laid back, man.”
Here is the Heriot Bay Inn in 2016, over a hundred .years after it was first built.
The side entrance has a special kind of decorative wall covering. I had to go up close to see what it was.
I noticed that one of the LPs was of Mario Lanza, a singer from the 50s.
Looking out from the inn, you can see the bay where the ferry docks. Very convenient if you’re staying overnight before continuing on to Cortes Island the next day.
Here we are on our way to Cortes Island. I hear they have people who live on acreages with goats running around the yard. The clotheslines are extra high. You might be able to guess why, after you’ve sat in the backyard as a guest and had a goat eat your shirt while it’s pissing on your feet. Goats will eat anything and they have no sense of modesty.
Next time you’re on Vancouver Island, why not take a side trip to Quadra and Cortes? Just be sure to bring along an extra shirt, and watch what’s going on by your feet.