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Doris Hope – by Tara Warkentin

I never met Doris Hope. I was born in 1998, and she passed away in 2000. However, during the summer of 2017 as the museum summer student, I have gotten to know her. “Hope’s Refuge,” her transcript of life in the Cove, stories from her friends, the “Refugees,” bring Doris to life. Boats were central […]

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Heritage Garden – by Donna McLaren

Living History — The Heritage Garden at the Cortes Island Museum. The Heritage Garden in late summer and fall — a transition season. Here are some plants that will reliably provide bloom and colour in the garden at this time. Dahlia species were first introduced from Mexico to Europe in the 1800s. A different species […]

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Orcas in Von Donop Lagoon, ca. 1949 – by Lynne Jordan

Like a number of families in the 1940s, the Herrewigs were a logging family living on their camp floats in Von Donop Creek (now called Von Donop Inlet) on the northwest of Cortes Island. Violet Herrewig and Amy McKenzie remember in 1949 when five blackfish (that’s what everyone on the coast called killer whales/orcas in […]

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Heritage Garden – by Donna McLaren

Living History – The Heritage Garden at the Cortes Island Museum. Early summer in the garden – peonies, roses, lilies and lavender – a wonderful season for colour and fragrance. One of the first flowers to bloom in the early summer are peonies. The selections in the Heritage Garden were introduced in the 1880s and […]

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Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide

Our new exhibit Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide celebrated its opening on June 24th, 2017, as Ken Hanuse of Klahoose First Nation drummed a welcoming song.  Ken also sang the Woman’s Warrior Song to honour Judith Williams, the exhibition curator.  Introduced by Bonnie MacDonald, Judith thanked many people including her class of Curatorial Trainees, […]

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Owls Are the Best Field Assistants in Biodiversity Studies – by Christian Gronau

Owls Are the Best Field Assistants in Biodiversity Studies – An Appreciation of Owl Pellets Oliver Pearson, a pioneer in Patagonian mammalogy, always said that owls were his best field assistants during Patagonian surveys. They hunted more species and more individuals than his trap lines, so they were useful estimators of field abundance.                […]

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June Cameron – by Lynne Jordan

June Cameron (June 10, 1929 – July 24, 2016) With her children around her, June Cameron passed away peacefully July 24, 2016, at age 87, after suffering a severe stroke while sitting on a bench with her son Ian, watching the sun set over quiet and scenic Como Lake above Port Moody. Her last words […]

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Big Tree Exhibit Opening

We did it!  On Sunday, July 10, the Cortes Museum welcomed the community to join in celebrating the opening of The Story of the Big Tree: the Fir, the Fungus & the Fallers – our 2016 summer exhibit. The event was a great success and attended by more than eighty people. Original music by Radhika […]

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Creative Spaces 2016

On Sunday, June 25, many visitors had a chance to visit Cortes gardens and studios. Owl Cottage – Diane Daly and Ray Grout Art Studio & Gallery – Christer Ekstrom Old Schoolhouse Gallery – Sadashi Inuzuka and Melanie Boyle Lisa Gibbons Studio Heritage Garden – Cortes Island Museum Fair haven Gardens – Laura Ellingsen Sea […]

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An Early Father’s Day Present – by Mike Manson

This past weekend we booked ourselves onto a wonderful overnight trip aboard the Misty Isles, a locally owned boat that offers charters and excursions. The first day we headed to Mitlenatch Island, an 88 Acre rocky island that my grandparents homesteaded on in 1898. Today the island is owned by BC Parks and is a […]

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2016 Spring Bird Count

On Saturday May 7, 2016, nineteen enthusiastic birders including some families, joined together to conduct the annual CIMAS sponsored Spring Migration Bird Count.  On this day participants toured different spots on Cortes Island, listening for bird song and observing bird activity.  This count differs from the Christmas Bird Count in that only species are counted […]

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