2020 Cortes Museum Cruises with Misty Isles Adventures

Sail from Cortes Island back into an earlier era in Desolation Sound on interpretive voyages aboard the schooner Misty Isles.  Famous for its spectacular mountains and fjords, much of Desolation Sound is designated as a marine park and is abundant with wildlife.  In addition to its natural beauty, it’s 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.

This year’s trips include Mitlenatch, Father’s Day Laughing Oyster Restaurant,  Desolation Sound, Sutil Channel, and Discovery Islands – overnight trip.  All trips start from Cortes Island.

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To book your trip please contact mistyislesadventures@gmail.com, visit www.mistyislesadventures.com or call 250-935-6756.

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Thank you for your interest in joining us aboard Misty Isles for the 2020 season. We have been spending a lot of time this spring thinking through every aspect of our business, to keep both our guests and employees as safe as possible. There are a few things that you can do to help, so please read through all of the information carefully. Here is our guest protocol: <READ MORE> Thanks for taking the time to read this over. We very much look forward to having you join us out on the water.
Jonas & Amy 

Meet Jonas and Amy, the owners of Misty Isles Adventures!

Jonas Fineman and Amy Bockner live on Cortes Island with their two young daughters, Mila and Ava. Amy is a third-generation Cortesian, and Jonas immigrated to Canada in 2012 from the central Oregon Coast. 

Jonas has been a professional mariner for all of his adult life. Raised in a small Pacific fishing town, he took to the decks of commercial salmon trollers at an early age and quickly fell in love with the life at sea. Over the years he made his way around the North Pacific on workboats before following the opportunity to Atlantic Europe and Scandinavia as an officer on a 30-metre sailing vessel. Since moving to Canada, Jonas has been leading wilderness expeditions by sailboat up and down the BC Coast, from the Southern Gulf Islands to Haida Gwaii and the Great Bear Rainforest. He has logged over 20,000 nautical miles on the world’s oceans and is a respected member of the West Coast maritime community.

Amy has spent the bulk of her professional life as a remote wilderness chef; from snowbound sites in Canada’s north, to tropical retreat centres, to sailboat galleys on coastal BC waters.  She co-founded Tacofino, a successful restaurant business in BC, and is currently the owner/operator of Älska Food and Flora, which provides catering and floral design services for local weddings and events. She cultivates and manages a large organic flower and vegetable garden on the family’s property.

When Misty Isles Adventures was posted for sale in late 2018, Jonas and Amy stepped forward to take the wheel. Together, they share a common passion and curiousness for the natural world around them. As the new owners of Misty Isles Adventures, they look forward to providing high quality and thought-provoking travels for people who want to experience, learn about and celebrate this beautiful part of the world.

2020 Misty Isles Cruises

For day trips,  lunch can be pre-ordered for $16.00 (plus GST) when you register, or you can bring your own lunch.

Essentials to bring on Misty Isles cruises:

Dress for the weather, bring an extra pair of shoes in case one pair gets wet, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, windbreaker jacket, binoculars & camera.  And don’t forget a picnic lunch if you are not pre-ordering a Misty Isles lunch.

Some cruises offer the chance for a cooling swim, in which case you would need to bring your bathing suit and towel.

Read more about each trip below…

Saturday, July 25  – Mitlenatch Island Cruise

Mitlenatch Island has been a protected Provincial Nature Park since 1961. Each spring there is a colourful and continuous progression in the blooming of wildflowers. The Island also hosts the largest seabird breeding colony in the Strait of Georgia, largely because the ocean around it provides both a barrier from most predators and a generous supply of food. 

Upon arrival, enjoy a walk through the flower meadow to the bird blind for a sneak peek into the nesting activities of the glaucous-wing gull. Mitlenatch Island is home to hundreds of harbour seals and in the early spring migratory Steller and California sea lions bark and grunt at us from their basking rocks.

With new things to see from one week to the next, Mitlenatch Island is a unique and exciting place to visit. $145, plus GST.

Sunday, June 21 – Laughing Oyster Father’s Day Cruise (cancelled in 2020)

Departs Cortes Bay at 3:30 p.m. and returns about 10:30 p.m. Guests will pay for their meals at the restaurant. Because of a late return, you need to have accommodation on Cortes. Price: $110, plus GST.

Celebrate Father’s Day with a cruise across Desolation Sound to Okeover Inlet for dinner at the Laughing Oyster Restaurant, well known for its fresh seafood, salads, and seasonal specials. Enjoy your meal on a covered, heated deck with a great view of the water and mountains.

On the way to our destination, your skipper and crew will share with you the history and narratives that have helped to shape this special part of the BC Coast. 

After dinner, we will make our way back to Cortes, cruising into the setting sun on one of the longest days of the year.

Friday/Saturday, July 24/25 – Discovery Islands Overnighter (cancelled in 2020)

Departs Cortes Bay at 10:00 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m.  Price: $445, plus GST.

Join us as we weave our way through the Discovery Islands on an overnight adventure aboard Misty Isles. Learn about and experience the phenomenal tidal passages and rapids at Hole-in-the-Wall and Surge Narrows, and stretch your legs on the trails of protected forest as we hike to an exquisite lake for a dip. Check out and interpret the intertidal zone on exposed beaches and shorelines, and enjoy a night at a waterfront lodge for dinner, accommodation, and a floating cedar sauna experience not to be missed. 

A carefully crafted voyage through a diverse and compelling island archipelago.

Saturday, August 8  – Desolation Sound Cruise

Departs Cortes Bay at 10 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m.  Price: $145, plus GST.

You will need to catch the 8:30 a.m. ferry from Campbell River and 9:05 a.m. ferry from Heriot Bay. 

Desolation Sound is a place of magnificent beauty, where mountains rise from the sea in the deeply cut glacial fjords. Mount Denman dominates the scene, towering more than a mile high above narrow channels with depths of over 2000 feet. It is a rugged coast, offset by warm sea temperatures, picturesque anchorages, and a mild climate making it world-class boating and sea kayaking destination. 

As we explore the sound, we enter the domain of bald eagles, harbour seals, Steller and California sea lions, Dall’s and harbour porpoises, humpback whales, orcas, and more. 

From lake hikes and waterfalls to warm water swims and vibrant coastal communities, Desolation Sound offers a wide array of unique experiences. 

Sunday, August 23 – Sutil Channel

Departs Gorge Harbour at 10 a.m., back at 4 p.m. Price $130, plus GST.

Beginning in the Gorge Harbour, our course takes us beneath towering granite cliffs, where First Nations pictographs back the ebb and flow of the tides. Sutil Channel is the largest waterway in the Discovery Islands and has hosted humans and a vast array of wildlife for thousands of years. Forested islands, beaches, and lagoons border these nutrient-rich waters where whales, porpoises, and other marine mammals gather to feed annually. 

Join us for 6 hours of exploration, interpretation and comfort aboard the schooner Misty Isles as we immerse ourselves in this stunningly beautiful and dynamic part of the BC Coast. 

Saturday, September 5  – Desolation Sound Cruise

Departs Cortes Bay at 10 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m.  Price: $145, plus GST.

You will need to catch the 8:30 a.m. ferry from Campbell River and 9:05 a.m. ferry from Heriot Bay. 

Desolation Sound is a place of magnificent beauty, where mountains rise from the sea in the deeply cut glacial fjords. Mount Denman dominates the scene, towering more than a mile high above narrow channels with depths of over 2000 feet. It is a rugged coast, offset by warm sea temperatures, picturesque anchorages, and a mild climate making it world-class boating and sea kayaking destination.

As we explore the sound, we enter the domain of bald eagles, harbour seals, Steller and California sea lions, Dall’s and harbour porpoises, humpback whales, orcas, and more.

From lake hikes and waterfalls to warm water swims and vibrant coastal communities, Desolation Sound offers a wide array of unique experiences.


To book your trip please contact mistyislesadventures@gmail.com, visit www.mistyislesadventures.com or call 250-935-6756.


The museum is also a tourist information booth and can give suggestions regarding accommodations and dining on Cortes. Give us a call and stay an extra night or two to explore the island! Or, check  ourcortes.com,  the official Cortes Island Business and Tourism website for more information regarding accommodation on Cortes Island.

For more information on other tours and programs organized by the Cortes Museum call 250-935-6340 or email cimas@twincomm.ca.

Misty Isles Guests Comments

It was ALL good and the most relaxing boat trip I have ever experienced!

The trip was extraordinary. It was one of the best days of my life – no exaggeration. Annie

Will spread the word on what a great trip this is!!!

It was great!  Captain Mike was great, shared lots of info of area and stories!

We will highly recommend to our friends and family!

Thanks for an unforgettable day!

Thanks a million!

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