2022 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,  Low Tide Exploration, Von Donop, 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.

Essentials to Bring on Misty Isles Cruises

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, participants are asked to bring their own food and beverages.

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.

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

Misty Isles Adventures COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

Thank you for your interest in joining us aboard Misty Isles for the 2022 season. As COVID-19 progresses and changes, our priority remains to keep both our guests and crew as safe as possible. We will continue to operate in accordance with provincial health guidelines, and may update our protocols as necessary on short notice.

Face masks are optional for all guests and crew, effective immediately.

Proof of vaccination will no longer be required as of 8 April 2022.

Jonas & Amy 

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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.

2022 Misty Isles Cruises Descriptions

Sunday, June 12 – 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, $160 

Friday, July 8 – Desolation Sound

Desolation Sound is a place of magnificent beauty, where mountains rise up 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, which make it a world class boating and sea-kayaking destination.

As we explore the sound, we enter the domain of bald eagles, harbour seals, Stellar 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.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., departs from Cortes Bay, $160

Thursday, July 14 – Low Tide Reef Exploration

By mid-August, the tranquility of this seasonally popular boating haven returns.

Join Misty Isles as we slip lines and head south for the reef systems of Manson’s passage, between Savary and Hernando Islands. With gumboots, buckets, and curiosity, a rendezvous with a very low tide will set the stage for a foray into the semi-diurnal tides of BC.

Gently explore tide pools with local guides and naturalists, and meet some of the most interesting examples of evolution in the Discovery Islands. Themes of geology and biology and the human philosophies they have inspired will aid and abet us as we examine one of the truly dominant cycles of our planet.

9 a.m. –4 p.m., departs from Cortes Bay, $160

Thursday, August 11 – Cassel Lake & Refuge Cove

Departing from the Squirrel Cove government dock on the east side of Cortes Island, we ride the tide north up Lewis Channel towards West Redonda Island and the granite walls of Teakerne Arm. With the anchor set near Cassel Falls, we disembark to shore for a short, arbutus-lined hike to the warm waters of Cassel Lake for a dip, a swim, or a moment of repose amongst the trees and birdsong.

Upon raising of the anchor, we backtrack our way out of Teakerne Arm, with eyes peeled for the orcas, dolphins and humpback whales known to frequent these waters. Next stop, Refuge Cove. This boardwalk community on West Redonda Island was founded in 1913 and once was home to over 200 residents. The general store and post office opened in 1918, and continue to connect communities to this day. With a dedicated, year-round population of 12, local artisans tend to an art gallery, pour pints and brew espresso at the pub, and see to it that Refuge Cove remains a social hub where mariners have restocked and refreshed for well over one hundred years. An eclectic rite of passage for travel by water in the Discovery Islands, Refuge Cove cannot be missed!

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., departs from Squirrel Cove government dock, $160

Sunday, August 28 – Háthayim (Von Donop)

On the northwestern reaches of Cortes Island, a slender saltwater inlet projects itself from Sutil Channel into a biodiverse wilderness known as Háthayim. For centuries, human beings have sought shelter and sustenance alongside the steep sided fjords, old growth forests, and tidal estuaries. An army of high functioning ecosystems within Ha’thayim have led to its designation as a 1,277-hectare marine park.

Join Misty Isles for a pilgrimage by sea to engage in one of the most revered marine parks of the inside passage. Local guides and historians will lend narrative and interpretation while we parallel the Discovery Islands for a look at a wilderness where no road exists.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., departs from Gorge Harbour Marina, $160

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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