Self Drive Historical Tour

self-drive-booklet-green-cover001Self Drive Tour of Cortes Island

By Lynne Jordan

Arriving at the ferry dock in Whaletown, as you drive off the ferry, notice the rocky beach to the left.  This is where there was once a whaling station for a couple of years in the 1860s.  It did not last very long because the large whales that used the Inside Passage for their migrations were soon fished out, putting all the whaling stations around the Gulf of Georgia out of business.  It’s taken 150 years, but large whales are now beginning to use this long forgotten traditional migration route again.

∗ Watch out for small island deer along the roadsides.  Their movements are often unpredictable…..


The  driving tour booklet of Cortes Island booklet is available in the Museum store.


Store price – $5.00