General News · 7th August 2013
Cortes Museum & Archives
Only two, Museum-sponsored cruises aboard the MISTY ISLES remain before the annual series of summer cruises wraps up until next year. The three remaining trips are as follows:
On Wednesday, August 14th, MISTY ISLES will cruise to Cassel Lake Waterfall in Teakerne Arm. En route to the lake and waterfall, participants will pass the spot where Captain George Vancouver anchored his ship DISCOVERY in 1792. After viewing Cassel Waterfall—often called Captain Vancouver’s “spa”—from aboard MISTY ISLES, participants will then take a short hike to picturesque Cassel Lake on West Redonda Island. Along the short trail to this swimmable lake (don’t forget your swimsuit!), Moore will point out artifacts from the logging days. MISTY ISLES departs Squirrel Cove at 10:30am on the 14th, and returns at approximately 5:00pm—again in time for the final ferry off of Cortes.
The final Museum-sponsored cruise of summer 2013 is a trip to Desolation Sound on Saturday, August 24th. Desolation Sound is a favourite destination for boaters from all over the Pacific Northwest. Its many inlets, islets, coves, and bays support a wild variety of wildlife, and comprise the Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park. This deep-water sound is also well-known for its spectacular fjords and dramatic mountains, as well as for its history as the anchorage for British and Spanish explorers of the late 1700s. Thanks to Moore, participants aboard this cruise will hear stories about First Nations people and the Age of Exploration, as well as gain knowledge about the marine and topographic features of this beautiful sound. MISTY ISLES departs Cortes Bay at 10:30am on the 24th, and returns at approximately 5:00pm, allowing participants to catch the day's final ferry sailing off of Cortes. A similar Museum-sponsored trip to Desolation Sound in July (aboard MISTY ISLES) filled up quickly, so be sure to reserve your seat as soon as possible!
The fee for each of these three remaining trips is $120, including tax. Off-island participants should catch the 8:30am ferry from Campbell River to Quadra Island on the morning of their selected trip. Participants can then leave their car on Quadra and walk on the 9:05am ferry to Cortes Island—the day’s first sailing to Cortes. Walking on will ensure that participants do not miss the Cortes ferry, or the MISTY ISLES departure from Cortes. Transportation from the Cortes ferry dock to the departure point on Cortes (as well as back to the 5:50pm ferry off of the island, if necessary) is available for each of these trips at no extra cost.
For more information—or to reserve a spot on one of these exciting trips—please contact the Cortes Museum (250-935-6340; cimastwincomm.ca).