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"Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide" Exhibit Coming Soon!

Fall-Winter-Spring: Friday and Saturday, 12-4pm.

The community of Refuge Cove on West Redonda Island lies within the traditional territory of the Klahoose First Nation and has long had significant social and economic ties to Cortes Island. The close association began when a store was opened at “Refuge” in 1918. First Nation traders, loggers, fishermen and Cortesians from the east side of the Island all flocked to the protected harbour and well-stocked supply stop. Eventually, because a large number of logging families moved their float houses to the sheltered cove, a school was established. This loose community of temporary residents and squatters broke up with the decline of work for independent loggers and fishermen.

In 1972, Refuge Cove Land and Housing Co-op, an eclectic group of 18 idealists inspired by the “back to the land” movement and with copies of The Whole Earth Catalogue in hand, purchased the property. Among the shareholders was the artist Judith Williams whose paintings documenting the early days of this new community will form the framework of CIMAS’ 2017 exhibition: Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide.
Refuge Cove - from Bonnie MacDonald collection.
Refuge Cove - from Bonnie MacDonald collection.