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General News · 23rd July 2010
Cortes Island Museum/Archives
Are you concerned about run-of-the-river projects in Bute Inlet and their impact on such remote water systems and the ecology of the surrounding area? Discover the history of this amazingly spectacular inlet at Cortes Island Museum where it's this summer's major exhibit. Curated by local author and artist Judith Williams, this new in depth Bute Inlet exhibit provides background information allowing visitors to make informed decisions. It is hoped the exhibit will aid in the discovery of a respectful future plan for this magnificent wilderness and marine site.

The Bute Inlet exhibit includes large scale maps (up to 8 x 5 ft.); Homalco and Klahoose First Nation village sites and artifacts, geography and ecology of the region; history of the only major native/settler skirmish in B.C. (the Chilcotin War); large scale photographs of 13,100 foot Mt. Waddington and its ice fields standing 'guard' over the inlet; and old photographs of float camps, hunting, trapping - and pet cougars!

The Cortes Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm at 957 Beasley Road - a block up from Manson's Landing Hall. Make a day trip, visit the Museum, go for a cool hike and have lunch at one of the great Cortes restaurants - or bring your bathing suit and a picnic lunch for the beaches at Manson's Lagoon or Hague Lake.

Check out the Museum's website - for what's going on. E-mail or phone 250-935-6340 for further information or to register for the August 21-22 overnight boat trip to the top end of Bute Inlet. Experience the spectacular inlet and valleys of 7-10,000 foot peaks with glaciers, turquoise inlet waters, take short walks to viewpoints, waterfalls and the logging camp's hydro system. Drive up the Homathco Valley and hear your guide Rob Wood's anecdotes and stories of the local history and First Nations, pioneers, mountaineers, explorers and local characters. $550 per person books your spot to see this amazing pristine inlet - only 11 spots available.