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Cortes Island Museum & Archives
Main Gallery
957 Beasley Road, Box 422
Mansons Landing, BC
V0P 1K0

10 am–4 pm Tuesday-Sunday

12 pm–4 pm Friday & Saturday

Tourist Information Booth
Historic Building
Beautiful Heritage Garden
Social & Natural History Exhibits
Pioneer Kitchen
Von Donop Logging Shed
Archives Collection
Museum Gift Shop

Linnaea Farm Education Centre
1255 Seaford Road
Wild Cortes Exhibit

Check here later for opening hours during winter months.

Donations welcome.

The Museum building is history itself. It served as the local store next to the dock at Manson’s Landing from 1940 until 1995 when the lagoon area was created as a Provincial Park. The old store building was fitted with wheels, pulled up the hill & installed on a corner of Firehall No.1 property.

The Archives Collection features documents, photographs & information files. These are available to the public for viewing & research, by appointment.

The Cortes Island Tourist Information Booth is open during Museum hours with information pamphlets & maps always available on the porch.

Exhibits showcase the history of Cortes Island & include a pioneer kitchen, local birds & animals, a fish boat model, First Nations artifacts and stories & photos from homesteading settlers. The Von Donop Shed in the garden stores a variety of logging equipment used in earlier days on Cortes. A permanent exhibit of island history is being compiled & developed. The Museum Gift Shop sells books, CDs, local art & handicrafts.

The Heritage Garden preserves pioneer plants. The Museum’s Heritage Garden preserves pioneer plants. A fragrant & colourful space, this garden features apple trees & flowering shrubs, many of which come from island homesteads. Heritage perennials include an increasing collection of peonies, trumpet lilies & dahlias. An interpretive panel & plant labelling aid in the enjoyment of a stroll through the garden.

Come sail with us on interpreted cruises. From May to September the Museum offers exciting cruises to Desolation Sound, Mitlenatch Island and Toba Inlet aboard the charter vessel MISTY ISLES, owned by Cortes residents Samantha and Mike Moore. Their 43-foot gaff-rigged motor schooner sets out on a one or 2-day adventures into the stunningly beautiful waters surrounding Cortes Island. For details on these summer trips see the Museum’s webpage, or phone, email or visit the Museum to register.

The Museum sponsors periodic walks & talks that are advertised in The Cortes Marketer, and on and, or call or email the Museum for more information.