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General News · 31st July 2012
Cortes Museum
Rip tides swirl and thunder through narrow passages in Desolation Sound. The Cortes Island Museum is sponsoring a trip aboard MISTY ISLES to circumnavigate historic Maurelle Island on Saturday, August 4th, 2012. Only certain tides during the summer permit for this unique opportunity. Surge Narrows in Beazley Passage and Hole-in-the-Wall are famous for their tidal rapids but on this day we will be able to work our way through at near slack water. Later in the afternoon the incoming tide will thunder through at almost 11 knots! Eagles, seals and sealions are often seen fishing in these fast waters.

Along the way we will pass the Octopus Islands with an old cottage where visiting boaters have left their marks. You'll also see some fascinating historic places, from pictographs and old village sites to a 1920s store that is still standing. Skipper Mike Moore will be your guide to the rich marine and bird life of the area while also telling tales of the area's history.

MISTY ISLES will depart from the Whaletown public dock at 10:00am and returns around 5:30pm in conjunction with the ferry schedule. The cost for the trip is $115 (HST incl.). This year a seasonal green salad and a slice of vegetarian pizza will be offered for an additional $9 (HST incl.) or you may choose to bring your own lunch. Participants from off island should catch the 8:30am ferry from Campbell River to Quadra Island which connects to the 9:05am ferry from Heriot Bay to Cortes Island where you can walk on. When you arrive in Whaletown a shuttle service is provided to the public dock. The shuttle will return participants to catch the 5:50pm ferry off Cortes Island that evening. Make sure to dress for the weather and don’t forget your binoculars and camera. For more information or to register please call the Cortes Museum (250-935-6340), email or drop by the Museum.

The Cortes Museum has two final trips scheduled for this summer to Desolation Sound (Aug. 10th & 22nd). Make sure not to miss them!