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 on whose territories the Cortes Island Museum & Archives works and is situated upon. 



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‘Round Maurelle

Friday, July 19 – ‘Round Maurelle Island Cruise

There are only certain tides in the summer that will 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 the neutral period 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, nutrient-rich waters.

Along the way, we will pass the Octopus Islands and some fascinating historic places, from pictographs and old village sites to a 1920s store that still stands to this day. This is a well-timed opportunity for an informed and beautiful journey through a truly majestic part of the coast.

Departing from the Whaletown public dock at 10:30 a.m., and back in time about 5 p.m. to catch the last ferry from Cortes.

For day trips, participants can choose to bring a picnic lunch or pre-order a vegetarian lunch for $15 each when you register.  We recommend a second pair of shoes or rubber boots, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and dress for the weather.  And don’t forget to pack your camera, binoculars and curiosity!  From off island, you will need to catch a ferry in Campbell River (at 8:15 or 8:30 a.m., depending on the weekday) that connects with the first ferry to Cortes Island.  Leave your car at Heriot Bay on Quadra and walk onto the Cortes ferry.  A shuttle is available by donation from the Cortes ferry to Misty Isles’ departure point and then return to the ferry in the late afternoon.

Day cruise costs are $130 per person, plus GST.

For further information call the Museum at 250-935-6340. To register email mistyislesadventures@gmail.com, check the website www.mistyislesadventures.com or phone 250-935-6756.

Check our Misty Isles page for other trips this season.