Join Misty Isles on this historic cruise: Departing from the Squirrel Cove government dock on the east side of Cortes Island, we ride the tide north up Lewis Channel towards West Redonda Island and the granite walls of Teakerne Arm. With the anchor set near Cassel Falls, we disembark to shore for a short, arbutus-lined hike to the warm waters of Cassel Lake for a dip, a swim, or a moment of repose amongst the trees and birdsong.
Upon raising of the anchor, we backtrack our way out of Teakerne Arm, with eyes peeled for the orcas, dolphins and humpback whales known to frequent these waters. Next stop, Refuge Cove. This boardwalk community on West Redonda Island was founded in 1913 and once was home to over 200 residents. The general store and post office opened in 1918, and continue to connect communities to this day. With a dedicated, year-round population of 12, local artisans tend to an art gallery, pour pints and brew espresso at the pub, and see to it that Refuge Cove remains a social hub where mariners have restocked and refreshed for well over one hundred years. An eclectic rite of passage for travel by water in the Discovery Islands, Refuge Cove cannot be missed!
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., departs from Squirrel Cove government dock, $160To book your trip please contact mistyislesadventuresgmail.com, visit www.mistyislesadventures.com or call 250-935-6756.
Our next Misty Isles historic cruise sponsored by the Cortes Island Museum is on Sunday, August 28, ro Háthayim (Von Donop).
On the northwestern reaches of Cortes Island, a slender saltwater inlet projects itself from Sutil Channel into a biodiverse wilderness known as Háthayim. For centuries, human beings have sought shelter and sustenance alongside the steep sided fjords, old growth forests, and tidal estuaries. An army of high functioning ecosystems within Ha’thayim have led to its designation as a 1,277-hectare marine park.
Join Misty Isles for a pilgrimage by sea to engage in one of the most revered marine parks of the inside passage. Local guides and historians will lend narrative and interpretation while we parallel the Discovery Islands for a look at a wilderness where no road exists.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., departs from Gorge Harbour Marina, $160
More information on our website: https://cortesmuseum.com/special-events/misty-isles/