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HUGE THANKS to George Sirk

HUGE THANKS to George Sirk for so ably entertaining those attending the Cortes Museum’s AGM on March 18th.  George, with some help from wife Kim, regaled guests with hilarious tales of travels, animals, birds, volcanoes, flowers and jungles in Costa Rica.  In his inimitable way, George transported everyone to this lush land with his amazing photos.  […]

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Hiking in West Greenland

Eighty-five Islanders were treated to a vicarious adventure at Manson’s hall on Sunday afternoon, 25 February 2018. Using her excellent photographs and maps of the area, Iris Steigemann described her experiences trekking in West Greenland and the reason why she returns so often to hike along the Arctic Circle Trail. Amy Robertson, Anna Ochsenbein and […]

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Ecuador Oil Pollution Case Comes to Canada

During his presentation on January 28, 2018, Rex Weyler addressed a full Manson’s Hall  talking about the serious ecological crisis in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, the consequential plight of the Indigenous Cofán, Siona, Secoya, Quichua, and Huaorani peoples and the role Canadian courts may play regarding those seeking compensation for the inhabitants. Rex visited the communities […]

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2017 Christmas Bird Count

On a very rainy Sunday, December 17, 2017, thirty-five bird enthusiasts attended the CBC – Christmas Bird Count Day, sponsored by the Cortes Island Museum, Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada. In the heavy at times and continuous rain, with water covered eye glasses, binoculars and cameras, it was difficult to spot and recognize birds. […]

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Yorke Island

Cortes Protected! Cortes Island Museum sponsored pictorial presentation by Vancouver Island historian, Catherine Gilbert, on Thursday, October 19 at Manson’s Hall. Catherine talked about protecting the southern coast of B.C. and the significance of a substantial defence fort on Yorke Island (part of Discovery Islands) in Canada’s WWII history. Many Canadians, including British Columbians have never […]

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Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide

Our new exhibit Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide celebrated its opening on June 24th, 2017, as Ken Hanuse of Klahoose First Nation drummed a welcoming song.  Ken also sang the Woman’s Warrior Song to honour Judith Williams, the exhibition curator.  Introduced by Bonnie MacDonald, Judith thanked many people including her class of Curatorial Trainees, […]

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The Nootka Sound Crisis

The Nootka Sound Crisis In 1904, the American scholar William Manning, author of The Nootka Sound Controversy, described Friendly Cove (Yuquot) on Nootka Island: “both the Spanish and the English deserted the place. Neither nation ever reoccupied it. Nootka is still inhabited by Indians.” In June 1789, the Spanish, under the leadership of Esteban Jose […]

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Standing Room Only!

There was standing room only at Cortes Museum’s AGM at Manson’s Hall last Sunday, March 26, with close to 200 members and friends crowding in.  During the short business meeting Lynne Jordan (President) and Nancy Kendel (Vice-President) summarized the Museum’s busy past year and thanked the amazing 104 dedicated volunteers for their priceless contribution of […]

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A Song Inside a Seed

Dancing Wolf A Song Inside a Seed Spring tickles our island ground despite Winter’s late embrace of snowfalls and close calls and toques still in place Writers sharing as they expound through the ancient grace of expressing with the alphabet and between time and space – So good the readings from all the creatives who coalesced […]

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Last Chance!

LAST CHANCE IN MARCH to experience & marvel at the exhibit The Fallers, The Fir & The Fungus: The Story of the Big Tree in the Cortes Museum — the exhibit everyone is talking about!  It’s also your last chance to view Squirrel Cove, First Nations, Geology, Forest Fires & the Pioneer Kitchen!  They will […]

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Mary Weiler’s Cortes

GLIMPSES OF OLD FRIENDS & AN ERA GONE BY–Mary Weiler, artist & photographer, documented life on Cortes & its people until she left the island. Mary Weiler’s Cortes, slide show presented by Brig Weiler who narrated slides from 1962 to 1974 with faces of old friends, glimpses of homesteading & times rapidly becoming “The Old Days”–gathered […]

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Square Sails & Penguins – A South Atlantic Voyage

SQUARE SAILS & PENGUINS – A SOUTH ATLANTIC VOYAGE The capacity crowd at Manson’s Hall on Saturday, November 26, thoroughly enjoyed Hubert Havelaar’s power point presentation about his two month long, 5500 nautical miles adventure across the notorious South Atlantic Ocean. Talked into the trip of a lifetime by a friend, in March 2016 Hubert […]

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