As you wander round the island, you'll see lots of houses with quirky decorations and ornaments built from what's been found on the shore. There are also a whole number of abandoned fishing boats. This was a particularly large one, which was already being reclaimed by nature - check the pine sapling growing out of the deck!
And yes, it really was 'beached' at this angle, about a mile from the sea, next to someone's farmhouse.
There are lots of ways to get to Quadra from Vancouver. If you have a car, you need to take the ferry to Vancouver Island, then drive up the island as far as Campbell River. You can then take the 10 minute ferry ride acrss to Quadra.
There are also a number of seaplane (also known as float planes) companies which fly into Campbell River from Van and also Seattle.
I took a small (non-sea) plane from Vancouver, which flew across the Sound and then up Vancouver Island, stopping at a number of tiny airports on the way. The one in the picture is Comox.
I then took a cab from Cambell Island airport to the ferry port, and another cab when I got to Quadra to get to the lodge. Shared the cab with a Quadra island resident and his malamute dog!!
There are only a couple of taxis on the island. When you arrive at the port, there's a phone box which has the taxi's number. If there are other people waiting for a taxi, you will be expected to share with them if you're going in the same direction.
I shared mine with a genuine backwoods man and his dog - a beautiful malamute!
OK maybe this isn't really off the beaten path if you are on Quadra, the best thing to do is just head off and see what you can find. Do take a bottle of water though as the sun gets surprisingly hot and you may not always be in shade.
You will soon find yourself wandering along tiny footpaths through the forest, and feel yourself completely alone .. but with Nature as your companion.