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General News · 14th June 2021
Starting June 15, the Cortes Island Museum (957 Beasley Road) and Wild Cortes (Linnaea Education Centre, 1225 Seaford Road) will be open for the summer. Entrance to both venues is free, but donations are gratefully accepted!

The Museum’s Doreen Thompson Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on Mondays).

Wild Cortes is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. (closed on Sundays and Mondays).

You are invited to explore our exciting exhibits: Listening to Bees, That Was Then / This Is Now, and The Big Three.

Bees have been declared the most important beings on this planet, and Listening to Bees (at 957 Beasley) focuses on the challenges facing native & honey bees worldwide. Learn what we on Cortes Island can do to support and protect them and about the exciting ground-breaking research of Paul Stamets on the beneficial effects of mushroom mycelium on bee health. Sit a moment to watch informative bee videos. Periodically throughout the summer a demonstration hive will be on display – watch our advertisements for the specific dates – and come peek inside a living beehive, with no chance of being stung! Some pictures from the exhibit are in this Facebook Album.

The Big Three at Wild Cortes (1225 Seaford Road) focuses on historical and recent accounts of local human encounters with the big three predators (wolves, cougars, and bears). Learn how to successfully live with these large predators -- keep them wild and stop unwanted, dangerous, and damaging interactions. Watch an award winning mini-documentary, view images taken on local trail-cams, and discover what more Wild Cortes and its partners have waiting for you to experience about Cortes Island’s wild side.

At Wild Cortes, you will be greeted by our Wild Cortes volunteer hosts.

Our ever-changing exhibit, That Was Then / This Is Now (957 Beasley Road), features many new pieces from our permanent artifact collection as well as highlights from our museum programs and exhibits.

Visit the Museum’s Shop featuring local authors and artisans, the Tourist Info Booth, Heritage Garden, and Public Archives Room. You will be made welcome by our new summer host, Natalia Nybida.

This is what Natalia says about herself: "I was born and raised on Cortes Island. As a child I spent much of my time in the forest exploring old homesteads and writing stories about the lives of the people who once occupied those spaces. Because of this, the island's history has always been close to my heart. I feel honoured for the opportunity to share that history with others. Writing has been my passion and talent for as long as I can remember. In September, I enter my third year at Vancouver Island University, where I'm majoring in Creative Writing."

Welcome, Natalia!

COVID-19 precautions are followed in both our locations.

We would like to acknowledge our funding agencies and Wild Cortes partners:
BC Government
Strathcona Regional District
Linnaea Education Centre
Friends of Cortes Island
Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island
Discovery Islands Ecosystem Mapping
Welcome Natalia, our summer host 2021
Welcome Natalia, our summer host 2021