Lagoon Gumbooting – August 29

Lagoon Gaumbooting

Rain Boot Kids Yellow-lagoon-shortLagoon Gumbooting walks offer a fascinating low tide exploration of Manson’s Lagoon. You will discover many riches of the lagoon, search for marine life and learn about local geology and history.

Click on the image to browse the publication or visit Cortes Museum to read the paper copy.

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.

In the summer of 2023, we are planning on two Gumbooting events: July 3, 11:15 a.m.  and August 29, 10:30 a.m. Both tours take about two hours

Thursday August 29, 11:00 a.m. and Monday,  July 3, 11:15 p.m. 

Join us for a fascinating hands-on low tide exploration of Manson’s Lagoon with marine biologist Deb Cowper and a historian from Cortes Island Museum, Melanie Boyle. Come search for marine life, learn about local geology, cultural and social history about the threats to Manson’s spit and this unique marine ecosystem.

Due to high popularity of these events, pre-registrations are required.

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.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Payment:  Adults $20, Kids under 12 are FREE. Payment will be taken at the event.

To register: Call the FOCI at 250-935-0087 or email

This event is cosponsored by the Cortes Island Museum and Friends of Cortes Island.

No gumboots, no worries, water shoes will do!