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His Story – LEST WE FORGET – Basil Evans Whiting

Just in time for Remembrance Day, the Cortes Island Museum’s Artifact Committee received the poignant donation of several war medals awarded to Basil Whiting. The Whiting family were Cortes Island’s residents during the Second World War (WWII) living on what is now Robertson Road. The following information is taken from the Campbell River Genealogy Society […]

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Wrapping Up “From the Archives”

— Valerie Wernet, Cortes Island Museum   The summer season is coming to a close, and the archives team at the Cortes Island Museum is wrapping up our summer photo-sharing campaign, “From the Archives.” The course of the summer brought twelve weeks of hand-selected photos, each with a unique theme, and it was a great […]

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Peter Police

As someone who has always been fascinated by pioneer life, I have spent much of my time on Cortes exploring old homesteads – digging up old bottles from the roots of trees, trying to determine what sort of structure a couple of old mossy planks once formed, and writing stories about the lives I imagined […]

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Mrs. Tooker’s Legacy

As I was born and raised on Cortes Island, I am familiar with the now-blue building on the way to the Whaletown public docks. When I was little, I would pass the Louisa Tooker Library when I went with my mother to get the mail. It never seemed to be open (you can currently visit […]

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Twin Islands

Thank you, Jeanette! All of us at the Cortes Island Museum and Archives want to give Jeanette Taylor a standing ovation for Saturday’s (January 30, 2021) wonderful online presentation about Twin Islands history and her newest book, Twin Islands, History and Legacy on the BC Coast. More than 50 people attended the talk and slide […]

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Remembrance Day

Lest we forget Remembrance Day – November 11 This Monday, November 11, 2019, will mark the 101st anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War. Last year, as part of the 100th anniversary, the Canadian government digitized the records of the personnel who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and have […]

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Fifty Years of Cortes Island Ferry Service

Fifty Years of Cortes Island Ferry Service Population figures on Cortes Island picked up after the 16-car ferry, Cortes Queen, began its regular run to and from Quadra Island in 1969 and electric power arrived in 1970. Along with the early settlers and their descendants, more recent “settlers,” people of all ages and backgrounds, came […]

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The Schools of Squirrel Cove – by Lynne Jordan

At the beginning of the 1900s, Squirrel Cove on the east side of Cortes Island was a hub of activity for homesteaders, loggers, fishermen, miners and trappers. They came from all the surrounding islands for supplies, groceries, mail, repairs, radios and dances in the hall. There were two stores, a post office, church, hall, two […]

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The Rochester Steam Sterilizer

Steam Sterilizer Steam Sterilizer Side View Significance: The copper-lined medical instrument sterilizer was used in the 1950s by Columbia Coast Mission nurses at the Whaletown medical clinic. Date Range: circa 1907 Place of Manufacture: Wilmot Castle & Co, Rochester, N.Y.  Accession Number: 2012.1 Location: Permanent collection, storage Donor: Jan Boas Wilmot Castle (1855-1941) founded Wilmot […]

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Ninety Nine years ago … – by Mike Manson

It was some time before midnight with the moon high in the sky when a canoe slowly came out of the shadows of the North Twin. Now cast in bright light it made its way south across the bay, straight towards the sloop. A shotgun lay on the bottom of the canoe, already loaded and […]

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Tiber Bay or… – by Mike Manson

A visit to the cemetery at Manson’s Landing is a journey into the past. A number of pioneers are buried here. One family name that always captures my interest is that of Teuber, or is it Tiber? August Teuber and Henry Tiber. And what of Rose Tiber? The spelling of August with a backwards “s”, […]

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