Welcome to the Cortes Island Museum & Archives

The Cortes Island Museum & Archives is a place to reflect on the rich social and natural history of Cortes Island, imagine what it was like “back then” and celebrate with us this extraordinary place we call home.

We wish to acknowledge the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose), ɬəʔamɛn qaymɩxʷ (Tla’amin) and ʔop qaymɩxʷ (Homalco) Nations upon whose territories the  programs and activities of the Cortes Island Museum & Archives take place



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Summer Hours

Cortes Island Museum

Our gallery on 957 Beasley Road is now open on Tuesday through Sunday,  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are home to a Visitor/Tourist Information Booth. Information items and brochures are available any time on the outside wall.

Our exhibits include:

That Was Then / This Is Now – a retrospective of the Museum’s 20 years.

Listening to Bees – new exhibit will open on May 20, the World Bee Day.

Heritage Garden – Relax in and enjoy our Heritage Garden. Picnic under the apple trees.


Wild Cortes at Linnaea Farm Education Centre

1255 Seaford Road  is now open  on Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m.

Wild Cortes, the Museum’s satellite exhibit and well-loved display of taxidermy curated by taxidermist Laurel Bohart, also includes selections from our past natural history exhibits.

the new exhibit: The Big Three (about cougars, wolves and bears on Cortes Island), opened on April 22, the Earth Day.