Misty Isles Tours


MistyIslesHistory and nature await you!  Sail back into an earlier era in Desolation Sound on interpretive voyages aboard the schooner Misty Isles with skipper/naturalist Mike Moore who will share a wealth of information and stories.  Famous for its spectacular mountains and fjords, much of Desolation Sound is designated as marine park and is abundant with wildlife.  As well as natural beauty, it is also the focal point of some of the area’s most fascinating maritime history as an anchorage for British and Spanish explorers who first charted this area in the late 1700s.
Sponsored by Cortes Island Museum this year’s relaxing day trips include circumnavigation of Maurelle Island, Desolation Sound, a Low Tide Reef Exploration, Geology of Desolation, a dinner cruise on Fathers’ Day to the Laughing Oyster, and cruises to Mitlenatch Island.

May 22nd (Friday) and June 13th (Saturday) – Mitlenatch Island
Friday, May 22 – Depart Cortes Bay at 10:30 am, return about 5pm for shuttle to last ferry.
Saturday, June 13 – Depart Cortes Bay 10:00 am, return about 4:30pm for shuttle back to last ferry.
($120-tax included)

June 21st (Sunday) – Laughing Oyster Father’s Day Cruise
Leave Cortes Bay at 3pm and return about 10:30 pm.
Must have accommodation on Cortes. Please call us, and we will help you arrange your accommodation.
($95–tax included)

July 19th (Sunday) – ‘Round Maurelle Island
Leave Whaletown Sunday, 10:00 am, return about 5 pm for last ferry.
Combine this cruise with attending Cortes Day on Sat., July 18th.
There is no early ferry Sunday, so participants will need to already have accommodation on Cortes.
($120-tax included)

July 31st (Friday) – Low Tide Reef Exploration
Leave Cortes Bay at 10:30 am and head to explore the extensive reef structure between Hernando and Savary Islands on this 0.6 metre tide. Of course, at low tide, the walk will be over a rocky cobble beach covered with slippery seaweeds and participants need to be sure-footed. Walking sticks are a good suggestion. Return 5:00 pm for last ferry.
($120-tax included)

August 6th (Thursday) – Desolation Geology “When Wrangellia Came Wandering In”.
Stories of tectonic collision, upheaval, glaciation, isostatic rebound, xenoliths, dykes and the forces that shaped our coastal home.
Leave Cortes Bay at 10:30 am and return at 5:00 pm for last ferry.
($120-tax included)

August 14th (Friday) and Sept 10th (Thursday) – Desolation Sound
Depart Cortes Bay at 10:00 am, return about 4:30 pm for shuttle to last ferry.
($120-tax included)