General News · 1st July 2018
This trip has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Friday, July 13–Investigate and explore the extensive reef stretching between Hernando and Savary Islands with a myriad of life to find. This unique rocky reef with pockets of sand has a phenomenal variety of clams, shrimp, worms, chitons, snails, crabs, sea stars, sea urchins, bryozoans and tiny sand hoppers. Every colour of seaweed thrives here, along with sponges, corals, sea anemones and hydroids. Harbour seals and California Sea Lions haul out to rest on the reef. You might be lucky enough to watch a wandering garter snake fishing on the low tide. Skipper/naturalist Mike Moore (also known as “Diver Mike”) will don snorkel gear to bring up sub-tidal creatures from deeper water for you to touch and experience – he might find a dancing nudibranch or even an octopus!
The walk will be over slippery rocks, seaweeds and sand so you need to be sure-footed. Rubber boots are a must to protect your feet from sharp-edged shellfish. We also recommend a walking stick.
Sponsored by Cortes Island Museum aboard Misty Isles, this day cruise departs Cortes Bay at 10:30 a.m., returning about 5 p.m. Price is $130, GST included. Dress for the weather, bring sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, extra shoes and your picnic lunch. Don't forget your camera. For a small donation, pre-arranged shuttles are available from Cortes ferry to Misty Isles' dock and return.
Reserve your place at Cortes Island Museum: cimastwincomm.ca or 250-935-6340.
More cruises with Misty Isles this year:
• Friday, July 13 – Low Tide Reef Exploration
• Thursday, July 19 – Cassel Lake & Waterfall Cruise
• Tuesday, July 31 – 'Round Maurelle Island Cruise
• Saturday, August 4 and Friday, August 17 – Desolation Sound Cruise
• Thursday, August 9 – Cortes Island Seafood Tour! – NEW!
• Thursday/Friday, September 2/3 – Blind Channel Dining Cruise – OVERNIGHT