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General News · 31st May 2022
• Rediscover the natural wonders and abundance of life
• Support Misty Isles Adventures and the Museum as we raise the sails

Mitlenatch Island has been a protected Provincial Nature Park since 1961. Each spring there is a continuous progression in the blooming of wildflowers – starting with sea blush and blue-eyed Mary in April, to chocolate lilies, tiger lilies, common camas, death camas and prickly pear cactus in high summer. The island also hosts the largest seabird breeding colony in the Strait of Georgia, largely because the ocean around it provides both a barrier from most predators and a generous supply of food.

Weather permitting, Misty Isles often anchors close to the shore and the participants board the zodiac and transfer to shore. Once on land, you will enjoy a walk through the flower meadows to the bird blind for a sneak peek into the nesting activities of the glaucous-winged gull. We’ll meet the volunteer wardens and get an opportunity to find out what it’s like living on remote Mitlenatch. We will also circumnavigate the island aboard Misty Isles and get a close-up view of the cormorant nests and other wildlife – always giving the seabirds their space, naturally!

Mitlenatch Island is home to hundreds of harbour seals, and in the early spring migratory Steller and California sea lions bark and grunt from their basking rocks.

With new things to see from one week to the next, Mitlenatch Island is a dynamic and exciting place to explore.

The cruise will be interpreted by naturalist George Sirk! Take advantage of George’s vast knowledge of our natural environments, and Mitlenatch Island in particular. George lived there for two full summers in 1969/71 while he worked for the BC Parks branch – the beginning of his guiding career. He’ll be able to interpret the dynamic changes that have occurred over the last 50+ years!

Sunday, June 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., departs from Cortes Bay, $160/person
Book NOW: or call Misty Isles Adventures 250-935-6756 for more information or for booking.

More Misty Isles cruises this summer:
Desolation Sound – July 8
Low Tide Reef Exploration – July 14, with George Sirk as interpreter
Cassel Lake and Refuge Cove – August 11
Háthayim – August 28, with Bruce Ellingsen as historian