Spaces still available for Mitlenatch Island Cruise with Misty Isles Adventures!
Mitlenatch Island, which means “calm waters all around” in the Coast Salish language, is a small rocky island in the Strait of Georgia that features semi-arid conditions caused by the island’s location in the “rain shadow” of Vancouver Island. But step ashore at this marine park and you’re in a mini-paradise of bird calls and wildflowers.
The best way to see this sanctuary is aboard the motor/sailing vessel Misty Isles. The Cortes Island Museum offers two trips to Mitlenatch this season, May 11 and June 1.
Over a thousand pairs of gulls nest on this small island in early summer, as do two kinds of cormorants, oystercatchers and eagles. Juvenile Steller and California sea lions wait out the spring on the island’s rocky south shore, near cliffs splashed in white guano from cormorant’s precarious nests. Every one of these creatures has a fascinating story of survival and adaptation. You will see them on a leisurely circumnavigation, followed by a hike through a wildflower meadow.
The wildflowers will be at their peak now and lots of birds will be nesting.
The cruise starts at Cortes Bay at 10:30 a.m. and returns around 5 p.m.To register call Misty Isles Adventures at 250-935-6756 or email mistyslesadventuresgmail.com.
For more information check www.mistyislesadventures.com
The cost of a one-day trip is $130 plus GST. You can order lunch when registering for $16.00 plus GST.