General News · 31st July 2010
Cortes Island Museum/Archives
History and nature await you! The Cortes Island Museum is offering two dates to explore Desolation Sound aboard the schooner rigged Misty Isles, August 13th and 27th.
Desolation Sound, much of it in a marine park, offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on this part of the coast. It is also the focal point of some of the area’s most fascinating maritime history, as the anchorage for British and Spanish explorers who first charted this area in the late 1700s. Skipper/ naturalist Mike Moore will provide background highlights on the Age of Exploration and the rich marine features of the area, from birds and mammals to the dramatic topography.
Among the stops of interest on the tour is the abandoned homestead of Andrew Shuttler, an eccentric fellow admired by M. Blanchet in her famous book, “The Curve Of Time.” The story of his logging and orchard endeavours set the scene for the early pioneer settlement of the area.
Desolation Sound tops the list as a destination for boaters from all over the Pacific Northwest. Part of the attraction is the dramatic mountain scenery and the myriad of islands in the marine park. Another draw is the water temperature, which can reach 20 degrees Celsius in the summer. “This is a fjord land that rivals any in the world”, says Moore “and I don’t know of another place where one can swim in ocean temperatures so warm, right under the glacier capped mountains.” Mike promises a leisurely exploration of the area and given enough wind, the opportunity to help hoist sail. The relaxed pace of Misty Isles allows participants to sit outside for a cup of tea while enjoying the stunning scenery.
Participants will take the 8:30 am Quadra Island ferry from Campbell River to connect with the 9:05 am Cortes Island ferry. The tour departs Cortes Bay at 10:30 am and returns in time for the 5:50 pm return ferry to Quadra Island. The cost for this full day tour is $115 (HST included). Bring your lunch, sunscreen, hat, windbreaker, binoculars and don’t forget a camera! You might want to take a bathing suit – if the weather’s hot there could be a chance for a cool dip off Misty Isles.
For more information or to register, contact the Cortes Island Museum at cimastwincomm.ca or (250) 935-6340.