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General News · 7th March 2011
Announcing a New Trail Map of Cortes

The “Cortes Mapping Project” is a new project of Friends of Cortes Island Society (FOCI) that aims to bring a current and updated trail map to Islanders. In 2010 they received funding from Walk BC and were able to create a rough prototype trail map that has been available at the Food Co-op and FOCI office.

FOCI’s number one request from Islanders and tourists alike over the past 5 years has been to offer a better trail map to the island. They hope that the project will build an increased incentive to protect the wilderness through developing a relationship with our island trails.

The mapping crew will be using a GPS unit to accurately map the current trails and identify other trails on the Island that would be appropriate to have mapped. Your help is being requested this March to add more names, historical sites, special habitat, heritage trees, and trail tips to the new map legend, making it more user friendly. The new map will be printed in May 2011.

This map will show trails where island residents & tourists can meet for exercise while exploring the beautiful forests. The map will assist walkers to find trailheads, interesting vistas, and historical artifacts. Hikers will be safer knowing how many miles they are choosing to walk, better able to judge trails with information on difficulty ratings suit their fitness levels, and to be prepared for different terrain.

The mapping crew has recently received financial support from Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) and Coastal Community Credit Union (CCCU) to improve upon the current prototype map. They welcome your support and participation in the creation of a better trail map. The current maps are being offered to you free of charge in the hopes that you might pick one up, look it over for areas that need improvement, and contact the mapping crew with your suggestions. They will be available at the Food Co-op and Gorge Store.

You can download the 4.4 mb map here:

If you have any immediate suggestions, the crew would love to hear from you.
Please contact Conrad at or phone 250-935-8586.

Thank you from the Mapping Crew & FOCI