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General News · 31st May 2012
Cortes Island Museum & Archive

Cortes Island has many interesting Creative Spaces – Gardens & Studios! Share the beauty and individuality of these creative spaces at the 15th annual tour on Saturday, June 16th from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Explore some of the more private and unique locations on Cortes as well as some all time favourites. This Creative Spaces tour is sponsored by the Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society with proceeds contributing to the Museum’s public education and community outreach programs, and ongoing development of its Heritage Garden featuring plants from early Cortes homesteads. The Museum is also fundraising to expand its heritage building to properly house the growing artifact and archival collections.

Creative Spaces will include both new and established gardens as well as Fairhaven Gardens, Hollyhock and the Seniors’ Village. The great variety of studios to entertain and involve you offer pottery, creative woodworking, paintings, carvings, photographs, weaving, felting, spinning, knitting, printing and different handcrafts. Join “The Woolly Group” at work and experience their alpacas.

Lunch will be available at Trude’s Café on Whaletown Road near the corner of Robertson Road, the Floathouse Restaurant at Gorge Harbour Marina, the Cove Restaurant at Squirrel Cove, and at Manson’s Landing there’s the Co-Op Deli, Cortes Market Deli or the Market Take Out. Hollyhock is having a special lunch that day & reservations are preferred. If you bring your own picnic, there are beaches to stop at, picnic benches at Gorge Harbour Marina and also in the Cortes Museum’s garden where refreshments will be available with serenading by local musicians.

Tickets are $12, including a map with garden and studio descriptions, and will be available in June at all Cortes Island stores, Hollyhock, Manson’s Friday Markets and the Cortes Museum.

Visitors from off island should arrive on the first ferry to Cortes and can purchase tickets until 10 am on tour day near the top of the hill up from the Cortes ferry landing – watch for signs at the corner of Seavista Road.

From Campbell River, patrons should catch the 8:30 am ferry to Quadra Island that connects to Cortes, and Quadra patrons should board the 9:05 am ferry from Heriot Bay. This will leave you plenty of time to spend the day visiting an array of inspiring gardens and fascinating studios before catching the last ferry home at 5:50 pm. Car pooling is a great way to save money and avoid ferry line up delays.

Don’t miss this chance to glimpse an “insider’s” view of Cortes Island. For more information, call Cortes Museum at 250-935-6340 or Lynne Jordan at 250-935-6472.