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General News · 15th August 2010
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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? Come see this spectacular inlet for yourself. Discover the history of this amazing coastal place hidden away where 13,100 foot Mt. Waddington stands ‘guard’ over the inlet. In conjunction with a major Bute Inlet exhibit curated by local author and artist Judith Williams, the Cortes Museum is offering an overnight boat trip to the head of Bute Inlet where you’ll bunk at a logging camp on the Homathco River.

Bute Inlet was named by Capt. George Vancouver in 1792 after John Stuart, third Earl of Bute, as was Stuart Island at the mouth of Bute Inlet.

See Homalco and Klahoose First Nation village sites, 10,000 foot peaks with glaciers, turquoise inlet waters from glacier melt, waterfalls and the camp’s unique hydro system. Take a vehicle ride along the river where history walked.

Experience the side rivers and views of Mt. Waddington, the tallest mountain completely within B.C. If you measure it from the bottom of the inlets on two sides of it, Mt. Waddington is taller than Mt. Everest which rises from a plateau.

Watch for wildlife: porpoises, black and grizzly bears, deer and elk (just recently re-introduced) Mountain goats, wolves, cougars, wolverines and marmots are usually on higher ground in summer and somewhat elusive.

Listen to your guide Rob Wood’s anecdotes and stories of the local First Nations, explorers, pioneers, mountaineers (Rob’s one of them) and local characters as well as the story of Alfred Waddington and his road builders who were involved in the only major native/settler skirmish in B.C. – known as the Chilcotin War.
Learn about the geology and geography of this hidden inlet that has seen float camps, logging, mining, hunting, fishing, trapping – and pet cougars!

On Saturday, August 21st, participants may board the boat in Campbell River or Whaletown on Cortes, returning on Sunday, August 22nd. Cost for this special overnight boat trip is $550 per person. Dress for the weather and bring a hat, sunscreen, binoculars and camera. For more information or to register: e-mail Cortes Museum at cimastwincomm.ca or phone 250-935-6340. We’d like to welcome you aboard for a trip into history!