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General News · 30th May 2019
Visit Mitlenatch Island in full bloom aboard the motor/sailing vessel Misty Isles.

The Cortes Island Museum offers one more trip to Mitlenatch this season, Saturday, June 1. There are still spots available.

Mitlenatch, 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.

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 are 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

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The cost of a one-day trip is $130. You can order lunch when registering for $16.00.

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More trips with Misty Isles Adventures this season:
· Sunday, June 16, Laughing Oyster Father’s Day Cruise (fully booked now)
· Friday, July 19, Round Maurelle Island
· Sunday, July 21, Sails and Whales
· Friday, August 2, Desolation Sound
· Sunday, August 18, Cassel Lake Waterfall
· Friday/ Saturday, August 23/ 24, Blind Channel
· Saturday, Sept 14, Desolation Sound