2019 Cortes Museum Cruises with Misty Isles Adventures

Sail 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.  As well as natural beauty, it is 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 Sails & Whales, Mitlenatch, Father’s Day Laughing Oyster Restaurant, Cassel Lake & Waterfall,  ‘Round Maurelle Island, Desolation Sound, Blind Channel Resort and Mayne Passage – overnight trip.

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

Welcome Jonas and Amy, the new owners of Misty Isles Adventures!

Welcome Jonas and Amy, the new 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 B.C. 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. In 2018, he joined Mike Moore and Samantha Statton at Misty Isles Adventures as a relief captain on the schooner Misty Isles. 
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 B.C. waters.  She co-founded Tacofino, a successful restaurant business in B.C., 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 as 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.

2019 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, 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, May 11 and Saturday, June 1 – Mitlenatch Island Cruise

Departs Cortes Bay at 10:30 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m. (6 person min., 12 max.) Price: $130, plus GST.

Sunday, June 16 – Laughing Oyster Father’s Day Cruise

Departs Cortes Bay at 3 p.m. and returns about 10:30 p.m. Guests will pay for their own meals at the restaurant. Because of a late return, you need to have accommodation on Cortes. Price: $95, plus GST.

Friday, July 19 – ‘Round Maurelle Island Cruise

There are only certain tides in the summer that allow Misty Isles to circumnavigate historic Maurelle Island. Surge Narrow’s Beazley Pass and the Hole-in-the-Wall are famous for their tidal rapids but we will be able to work our way through them on this day at near slack water. Later in the afternoon, the incoming tide will thunder through at almost 10 knots! Eagles, seals and sea lions are often seen fishing in these fast waters. Departs Whaletown at 10 am, returns about 5 p.m.

Departs Whaletown at 10 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m.  Price: $130, plus GST.

Sunday, July 21 – Sails and Whales 

Departs at 10:30 a.m. from Manson’s Landing public dock and heads out to explore the waters around Marina Island and Sutil Channel on the west side of Cortes. This area is often frequented by humpback whales in the summertime and you will seek them out with friendlier intentions than the Whaling Company schooner Kate of the Dawson Whaling Company which was based in Whaletown in the 1860s. You will see First Nations pictographs and stop for a low tide walk on a sandy beach with an opportunity to raise sail before returning to Manson’s Landing dock at about 4:30 p.m. Price: $130, plus GST.

Friday, August 2  – Desolation Sound Cruise

Departs Cortes Bay at 10:30 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m.  Price: $130, 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 on Friday.

Sunday, August 18 – Cassel Lake Waterfall Cruise

Departs Squirrel Cove public dock at 10:30 a.m. and heads north up Lewis Channel to Teakerne Arm. You will view the waterfall then anchor off and hike up to the lake. This hike is a steep, rocky trail and needs sure-footedness. Along the way are interesting artifacts from early logging. The swim rocks slope steeply into the lake but are fun and gives you an opportunity for a swim in the lake. Up and down Lewis Channel there is good potential for sailing and there may be time to poke into the inner Squirrel Cove before returning to the dock about 5 p.m. Price: $130, plus GST.

Friday/Saturday, August 23/24 – Blind Channel Dining Cruise

Departs Whaletown at 10 a.m. and heads north to catch the ebb tide through Beazley Passage and the Okisollo Rapids then into Johnstone Strait. Passing Chatham Point, you’ll head into Mayne Passage between the Thurlow Islands to your overnight destination at Blind Channel Resort. The Cedar Post Restaurant is well known for its gourmet dining, http://www.blindchannel.com/fine-dining. The resort provides 3 cabins, each with 2 bedrooms with double beds. There are trails leading to some nice old growth forest nearby. The next day you will depart the resort by 9 a.m. and catch the morning flood tide through the Dent and Arran Rapids, returning to Whaletown about 5 p.m. The tidal rapid areas are frequented by dolphins, porpoises and whales, so keep your eyes watching for their “blows.”

Price: $380 per person for couples or $410 per person / single occupancy, plus GST,  (10 person min., 12 max.). Guests pay for their own supper at the restaurant. Two lunches and breakfast are provided.

Saturday, September 14  – Desolation Sound Cruise

Departs Cortes Bay at 10:30 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m. for ferry shuttles.  Price: $130, plus GST.

You will need to catch the 8:20 a.m. ferry from Campbell River and 8:50 a.m. ferry from Heriot Bay on Saturday.

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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