2018 Cortes Museum Cruises with Misty Isles Adventures

Our 2018 season is now over.  Check here again in the spring for 2019 cruises.



Sail back into an earlier era in Desolation Sound on interpretive voyages aboard the schooner Misty Isles with skipper/naturalist Mike Moore who will share a wealth of information and stories.  Famous for its spectacular mountains and fjords, much of Desolation Sound is designated as a marine park and is abundant with wildlife.  As well as natural beauty, it is also the focal point of some of the area’s most fascinating maritime history as an anchorage for British and Spanish explorers who first charted this area in the late 1700s.

This year’s trips include Sails & Whales – NEW, Mitlenatch, Father’s Day Laughing Oyster Restaurant, Low Tide Reef Exploration, Cassel Lake & Waterfall,  ‘Round Maurelle Island, Desolation Sound, Blind Channel Resort and Mayne Passage – overnight,  and Cortes Island Seafood Tour – NEW.

In the Misty Isles Adventures movie, Captain Mike of Misty Isles Adventures shares some stories of our sailing and kayaking trips and explains a little about this beautiful area.  Check here for more information about Misty Isles Adventures.

You may also want to check 2018 interview with Mike Moore in the ECOReport.

Check what others have to say: our BlogTrip AdvisorCampbell River Mirror, and Misty Isles Guests’ Comments!  

Read more about each trip below…

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Misty Isles Guests Comments

It was ALL good and the most relaxing boat trip I have ever experienced!

The trip was extraordinary. It was one of the best days of my life – no exaggeration. Annie

Will spread the word on what a great trip this is!!!

It was great!  Captain Mike was great, shared lots of info of area and stories!

We will highly recommend to our friends and family!

Thanks for an unforgettable day!

Thanks a million!

Misty Isles Museum Tours

2018 Misty Isles Cruises

Sunday, May 20 – Sails and Whales – NEW CRUISE

Departs at 10:30 a.m. from Manson’s Landing public dock and heads out to explore the waters around Marina Island and Sutil Channel on the west side of Cortes. This area is often frequented by humpback whales in the summertime and you will seek them out with friendlier intentions than the Whaling Company schooner Kate of the Dawson Whaling Company which was based in Whaletown in the 1860s. You will see First Nations pictographs, stop for a low tide walk on a sandy beach, with an opportunity to raise sail before returning to Manson’s Landing dock at about 4:30 p.m. for a ferry shuttle. This cruise runs in conjunction with Seafest in Gorge Marina on Saturday. The long weekend will give folks something to do on Sunday.  Price: $130, GST included.

Saturday, June 9 – Mitlenatch Island Cruise

Departs Cortes Bay at 10:30 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m. for ferry shuttles. (6 person min., 12 max.) Price: $130, GST included

Sunday, June 17 – Laughing Oyster Father’s Day Cruise

Departs Cortes Bay at 3 p.m. and returns about 10:30 p.m. Guests will pay for their own meals at the restaurant. Need accommodation on Cortes. Price: $95, GST included.

Friday, July 13 – Low Tide Reef Exploration

Departs Cortes Bay at 10:30 a.m. and heads to explore the extensive reef structure between Hernando and Savary Islands on a 0.3-foot low tide. The walk will be over a slippery cobble beach at low tide with rocks covered and very slippery with seaweeds.   Participants need to be sure-footed. Rubber boots are a must. Walking sticks are also suggested. Return about 5 p.m. for ferry shuttles.  Price: $130, GST included.

Thursday, July 19 – Cassel Lake and Waterfall Cruise

Departs Squirrel Cove public dock at 10:30 a.m. and heads north up Lewis Channel to Teakerne Arm. You will view the waterfall (Captain Vancouver’s “spa”) then anchor off and hike up to the lake. This hike is a steep, rocky trail and needs sure-footedness. Along the way are interesting artifacts from early logging. The swim rocks slope steeply into the lake but are fun. And you may have an opportunity for a swim in the lake. Up and down Lewis Channel there is good potential for sailing and there may be time to poke into the inner Squirrel Cove before returning to the dock about 5 p.m. for ferry shuttles. Price: $130, GST included.

Tuesday, July 31 – ‘Round Maurelle Island Cruise

There are only certain tides in the summer that allow Misty Isles to circumnavigate historic Maurelle Island. Surge Narrow’s Beazley Pass and the Hole-in-the-Wall are famous for their tidal rapids but we will be able to work our way through them on this day at near slack water. Later in the afternoon, the incoming tide will thunder through at almost 10 knots! Eagles, seals and sea lions are often seen fishing in these fast waters. Departs Whaletown at 10 am, returns about 5 pm for ferry shuttles. 

Departs Whaletown at 10 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m. for ferry shuttles.  Price: $130, GST included.

Saturday, August 4 and Friday, August 17 – Desolation Sound Cruise

Departs Cortes Bay at 10:30 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m. for ferry shuttles.  Price: $130, GST included.

You will need to catch the 8:20 a.m. ferry from Campbell River and 8:50 a.m. ferry from Heriot Bay on Saturday.

You will need to catch the 8:30 a.m. ferry from Campbell River and 9:05 a.m. ferry from Heriot Bay on Friday

Thursday, August 9 – Cortes Island Seafood Tour! – NEW CRUISE!   

Departs Whaletown at 10 a.m. and heads for Marina Island where we will see clam and oyster beaches and then head into Gorge Harbour for a look at the deepwater oyster and mussel rafts. Next, you’ll head around Sutil Point and join Bill for the famous Hollyhock Oyster BBQ. Ferry shuttles will leave from Hollyhock about 5 p.m. Price: $145, GST included.

Tuesday/Wednesday, September 4/5 – Blind Channel Dining Cruise

Departs Whaletown at 10 a.m. and heads north to catch the ebb tide through Beazley Passage and the Okisollo Rapids then into Johnstone Strait. Passing Chatham Point, you’ll head into Mayne Passage between the Thurlow Islands to your overnight destination at Blind Channel Resort. The Cedar Post Restaurant is well known for its gourmet dining, http://www.blindchannel.com/fine-dining. The resort provides 3 cabins, each with 2 bedrooms with double beds. There are trails leading to some nice old growth forest nearby. The next day you will depart the resort by 9 a.m. and catch the morning flood tide through the Dent and Arran Rapids, returning to Whaletown about 5 p.m. The tidal rapid areas are frequented by dolphins, porpoises and whales, so keep your eyes watching for their “blows.”

Price: $380 per person for couples or $410 per person / single occupancy, GST included (10 person min., 12 max.). Guests pay for their own supper at the restaurant. Two lunches and a breakfast are provided.

Book your trip now!

The Museum is a Tourist Information Booth and can give suggestions regarding accommodations and dining on Cortes. Give us a call and stay an extra night or two to explore the island! Or, check  ourcortes.com,  the official Cortes Island Business and Tourism website for more information regarding accommodation on Cortes Island.

For more information and to register for these trips or other museum tours call (250) 935-6340 or email cimas@twincomm.ca.

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