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General News · 15th June 2013
Cortes Museum & Archives
The Cortes Museum is sponsoring an overnight excursion aboard Misty Isles to Toba Inlet waterfalls on Saturday, June 29th-Sunday, June 30th. Departing Cortes Bay at 10:30am on the 29th, Misty Isles will cruise Desolation Sound en route to the remote and scenic Inlet—the heartland of the Klahoose peoples’ territory—with its breathtaking, sparkling waterfalls. Participants will return to Cortes at approximately 5:00pm the following day (Sunday, June 30th).

The long history of Desolation Sound and Toba Inlet is equally as captivating as the area’s spectacular beauty. Throughout this two-day journey, skipper and naturalist Mike Moore will share a wealth of information with the group, guiding it to ancient First Nations sites with pictographs (paintings on stone), and to old homesteading locations. Mike will also recount stories from the Age of Exploration (when British and Spanish explorers anchored in Desolation Sound over 200 years ago), as well as share his expertise regarding the various birds, plants, animals, and marine life that inhabit this area. Watch for whales, dolphins, seals, bears, river otters, and eagles. With Mike at the helm, each minute of this adventure is as educational as it is fun!

Dinner is a gourmet feast of wild, barbequed salmon, and sleeping quarters are cozy, hostel-style cabins at Toba Wildernest Lodge—a remote resort nestled at the foot of steep mountains, and powered by a nearby waterfall that you can hike to. Another option is sleeping under the stars at the Lodge’s campground. Don’t forget your bathing suit, as an oceanfront hot tub awaits.

The fee for this overnight trip is $360 per person, including all meals, taxes, and cabin accommodation. Those who tent (for $325 per person, including all meals and taxes) must bring their own camping gear. Remember to pack your sunscreen, hat, camera, binoculars, sunglasses, and an extra pair of shoes.

Other Cortes Museum-sponsored trips this summer include: a Von Donop Inlet Mothership Kayaking trip—no experience necessary (July 18th); a low tide reef exploration off Hernando Island (July 23rd); a cruise into Desolation Sound (offered on two dates: July 27th and August 24th); a trip around Maurelle Island (August 9th); and a cruise to Cassel Lake waterfall in Teakerne Arm (August 14th).

For more information—or to reserve a spot on one of these exciting trips—please contact the Cortes Museum (250-935-6340; cimastwincomm.ca).