2021 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 Island, Cassel Lake & Refuge Cove,  Whaletown Explorer, and Desolation Sound.  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.

2021 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…

Misty Isles Adventures COVID-19 Operating Procedures

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: <COVID-19 Protocol> Thanks for taking the time to read this over. We very much look forward to having you join us out on the water.
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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.

2021 Misty Isles Cruises Descriptions

Sunday, June 27 – Mitlenatch Island 

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. 

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., departs from Cortes Bay, $155 

Sunday, July 21 – Cassel Lake & Refuge Cove

Ride the tide north up Lewis Channel toward West Redonda Island and the granite walls of Teakerne Arm; look out for the dolphins and whales known to frequent these waters. Anchoring near Cassel Falls provides the opportunity for a short hike to the warm waters of Cassel Lake for a swim or a moment of repose. En route to Refuge Cove, you will learn the history of this important and picturesque coastal community.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., departs from Squirrel Cove, $155

Sunday, August 1 – Whaletown Explorer

Set off on a 7-hour journey through some of the Discovery Island’s most iconic and ecologically rich shorelines and waters. Learn about the local and natural histories as we navigate the dramatic bottlenecks of the steep granite cliff entrance to Gorge Harbour and Uganda Passage. An informed nautical expedition, it is paired with a forested hike to a freshwater swimming locale on Read Island with opportunities for saltwater plunges in the warm Salish Sea.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., departs from Gorge Harbour Marina, $155

Saturday, August 14 – Desolation Sound

By mid-August, the tranquility of this seasonally popular boating haven returns. Experience the majesty of its deep fiords and soaring mountains, while learning the fascinating history of this area through the stories of First Nations Peoples, the early explorers, and the first settlers. Bring your swimsuit and enjoy some of the warmest ocean waters north of Mexico.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., departs from Cortes Bay, $155

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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