Contact Blue Jay Lake Farm
Email: [email protected]
Blue Jay Lake Farm
PO Box 90
Whaletown, BC V0P 1Z0
- Google Maps: Approximate location
- Directions below for driving and hitchhiking with transit options.
- Visitors, please respect farm biosecurity: Do not bring any produce that could grow in this region (especially apples and blueberries), soil, or animal products into our farm. Thank-you for helping us protect our animals and food crops from disease.
- Our driveway is 3 kilometres long, and needs to be maintained by those living on the farm. Please call us at 250-935-6940 if you'd like to visit and walk, bicycle or carpool if you can.
Drive to the ferry terminal in Campbell River. When you buy your ticket, tell them you are coming to Cortes. You pay for both ferries at once. They will direct you to Lane 7. Connecting ferries are every 2 hours, approximately 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 5:45, though times change seasonally and on weekends. Confirm current sailing times if you prefer to have specific travel plans: the Campbell River to Quadra schedule and Quadra to Cortes schedule are available through BC Ferries.
The Quadra ferry is about 10 minutes. The drive across Quadra is about 10 minutes, and the route is well marked.
The ferry to Cortes leaves Heriot Bay on Quadra Island after a short wait (if you took a connecting ferry). That ferry is 45 minutes long.
When you are driving off the ferry, turn right at the first stop sign. Turn left at the next one. You will drive several kilometres, then come to a “Y” intersection. The left fork goes to Squirrel Cove, and the right fork to Manson’s Landing. Go left to Squirrel Cove.
After about 2 km, on your left, you will see a shed with “BlueJay Lake Farm” written on the door. That’s the start of our 3 km driveway. We are right at the end.
Get to the ferry terminal in Campbell River. When you buy your ticket, go to the walk-in part of the ticket booth and tell them you are coming to Cortes. You pay for both ferries at once. Connecting ferries are every 2 hours, approximately 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 5:45, though times change seasonally and on weekends. Confirm current sailing times if you prefer to have specific travel plans: the Campbell River to Quadra schedule and Quadra to Cortes schedule are available through BC Ferries.
Go to the traffic in Lane 7 (the Cortes Island line), and see who might have room. Ask if they could give you a ride across Quadra Island. If they have a green hand decal on the driver’s rear window, they like being asked! Generally you don’t get in their vehicle at this point(although you could put your pack in it). Just walk on the ferry and get in as you get close to the other side.
The Quadra ferry is about 10 minutes. The drive across Quadra is about 10 minutes.
The ferry to Cortes leaves Heriot Bay on Quadra Island after a short wait (if you took a connecting ferry). You could just stay in the vehicle until it gets on the ferry. That ferry is 45 minutes long.
Ask on the Cortes ferry to see if anyone is going to Squirrel Cove. If you can’t find anyone, Manson’s Landing is the next best choice.
After about 10-15 minutes, you will go down a big hill and then start coming up another one, and approach a "Y" intersection – the left branch goes to Squirrel Cove, the right to Manson’s. If your ride is going to Manson’s, get out there and walk / hitchhike the next 2 km. If your ride is going to Squirrel Cove, stay in the vehicle for another mile (2 km) or so. On your left there is a bus shed with "Blue Jay Lake Farm" written on the door. That’s your destination!
If you have a heavy pack, you could put this in the bus shed and we'll get it for you with the ATV. We are right at the end of the driveway.
The Cortes Connection: is a scheduled passenger and freight service travelling between Campbell River and Cortes Island (with stops en route across Cortes and on Quadra Island)
In the summer (June – September), The Cortes Connection runs Monday through Friday. In the winter, it runs only Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Service leaves Cortes in the morning, arriving in Campbell River late morning with the return trip in the afternoon.
The Island Link Bus provides passenger express bus service between most Vancouver Island centers and BC Ferries’ services. Island Link has a stop in Campbell River at Tyee Plaza just across from the Quadra ferry terminal and provides service to Duke Point and Departure Bay ferry terminals in Nanaimo (which sail to Vancouver at Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen, respectively). Island Link also serves downtown Victoria, from which Victoria Regional Transit offers transportation to Swartz Bay (sailings to Tsawwassen).
Greyhound provides passenger bus service on Vancouver Island, and across Canada. Greyhound provides twice daily service between Campbell River and Nanaimo with a morning and afternoon departure from each location. The Nanaimo station is at 680 Trans Canada Highway, adjacent to the Departure Bay ferry terminal (phone: 250-753-0697). The Campbell River station is about 3 blocks from the ferry terminal at 509 13th Avenue (phone: 250-287-7151). Contact Greyhound for schedules and fares, and for information on additional locations and routes.