Lagoon Gumbooting walks offer a fascinating low tide exploration of Manson’s Lagoon. You will discover how First Nations used the lagoon, search for marine life and learn about local geology and history.
Tours of Manson’s Lagoon coincide with low tides and can be organized for any time of year for small or large groups. Manson’s Lagoon is an amazing tidal place in a park. A visiting B.C. clam biologist stated he had never seen such diversity and quantity of marine life anywhere else on this coast. You will delve into the history of this unique place. Contact the Cortes Museum to make arrangements for your personal tour. Personal tours are by donation to the Museum.
A comprehensive list of Manson’s Lagoon fauna and flora is available in the publication Manson’s Lagoon on Cortes Island, B.C., published in November 2003 by biologists Fred C. and Ruth M. Zwickel, long time Cortes residents, with input from many local researchers. The written report is available at the museum. The online version available here and is best viewed in full-page mode.
In the summer of 2022, we are planning on two Gumbooting events: July 12, 10:30 to 12:30, and August 27, 2 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Join us for a fascinating hands-on low tide exploration of Manson’s Lagoon with marine biologist Deb Cowper and Jane Newman from Cortes Island Museum. Come search for marine life, learn about shellfish as a food source, hear about the threats to Manson’s spit and the marine environment in general.
Where to meet: Meet in Manson’s Landing Provincial Park parking lot.
Please be prompt as this activity is dependent on the tide.
What to wear: This activity will include walking on wet and uneven ground with sharp shells and requires suitable footwear such as gumboots (best option) or water shoes. NO BARE FEET!
What to bring: You may want to bring a walking stick – oysters & gravel are uneven to walk on and water currents may be challenging.
A hat, sunscreen and a drink are also advisable.
NO DOGS – please leave your dog at home.
Payment: The event is free. Donations, $10-$30, gratefully appreciated.
To register: Call the Museum at 250-935-6340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon, Sunday, July 10.
This event is sponsored by the Cortes Island Museum and Friends of Cortes Island.
No gumboots, no worries, water shoes will do!