Main Gallery

Our main gallery features exhibits pertaining to the social and natural histories of Cortes Island and its surrounding waters change annually.  Each year new exhibits focus on particular aspects of history so there is always something new and interesting to entice visitors to return.  Major exhibits are held over.  Some exhibits remain permanent to provide a complete history of Cortes Island.  

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Our brand new (July 1, 2019) Welcome Gate helps keep the deer out, while warmly inviting visitors to come on in. The gate is dedicated to Lynne & Joe Jordan in recognition of their generous volunteer commitment to the Cortes Island Museum & Archives.

Our current exhibit is  That Was Then / This Is Now.

With renewed momentum, the Artifact Committee has been busy accessioning the backlog of donated objects.  As part of the accessioning process, each artifact is documented and photographed.  To facilitate the photography process, a unique “behind the scenes” exhibit will serve as an innovative solution to a lack of available workspace, while providing visitors with information about artifacts and collection management. As accessioning progresses, an artifact database will be created and up-loaded to a new online archives web portal, making the collection available for viewing worldwide. 

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Everyone is welcome!

Wild Cortes

Wild Cortes: a natural history exhibition opened in 2018 at Linnaea Farm Education Centre, 1255 Seaford Road.  

The Big Three

In the fall of 2020 Cortes Islanders reported that bears were damaging property and stealing chickens.  Laurel Bohart, our Natural History Curator, saw these events as the perfect catalyst for creating a new Wild Cortes exhibit in the Linnaea Education Centre.  The exhibit features Cortes Island’s top three predators – bears, cougars, and wolves – along with information on how humans can co-exist with these majestic animals while keeping them wild.

The Big Three exhibit was launched on Earth Day, April 22, 2021.  Join us  during regular opening hours, to learn about historical and recent accounts of local human/animal encounters, watch an award-winning mini-documentary, view images taken on local trail-cams, and discover what Wild Cortes and its partners have waiting for you to experience.

Visitors’ Comments 

Curiouser & Curiouser


There is too much in the world to see in just one lifetime – let alone comprehend. December 8, 2018

Congratulations all who put it together. Margaret Day, Salt Spring Island

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