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.

In the Misty Isles Adventures movie, Captain Mike of Misty Isles Adventures shares some stories of our sailing and kayaking trips and explains a little about this beautiful area.  Check here for more information about Misty Isles Adventures.

You may also want to check 2018 interview with Mike Moore in the ECOReport.

Check what others have to say: our BlogTrip AdvisorCampbell River Mirror, and Misty Isles Guests’ Comments!  

Reserve Your Spot

 

For day trips,  lunch can be pre-ordered for $16.50 (GST included) 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…

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!

2019 Misty Isles Cruises

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

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

Sunday, June 17 – 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 late return, you need to have accommodation on Cortes. Price: $95, GST included.

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 pm for ferry shuttles. 

Departs Whaletown at 10 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m. for ferry shuttles.  Price: $130, GST included.

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, 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. for a ferry shuttle.  Price: $130, GST included.

Thursday, July 19 – 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. for ferry shuttles. Price: $130, GST included.

Friday, August 2  – Desolation Sound Cruise

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

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.

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, GST included (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, GST included.

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.

Book your trip now!

The Museum is 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 and to register for these trips or other museum tours call 250-935-6340 or email cimas@twincomm.ca.

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