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Cortes Island Museum & Archives
Main Gallery
957 Beasley Road, Box 422
Mansons Landing, BC
V0P 1K0
Wild Cortes, Cortes Island Museum Natural History Centre
1225 Seaford Road
at Linnaea Farm Education Centre

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.

We wish to acknowledge the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose), ɬəʔamɛn qaymɩxʷ (Tla’amin) and ʔop qaymɩxʷ (Homalco) Nations on whose territories the Cortes Island Museum & Archives works and is situated upon.

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 and include a pioneer kitchen, local birds and animals, a fish boat model, First Nations artifacts and stories and 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 and developed. The Museum Shop sells books, CDs, local art and handicrafts.

The Heritage Garden preserves pioneer plants. A fragrant & colourful space, this garden features apple trees and flowering shrubs, many of which come from island homesteads. Heritage perennials include an increasing collection of peonies, trumpet lilies and dahlias. An interpretive panel and 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 Jonas Fineman and Amy Bockner. 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 To register call Misty Isles Adventures at 250-935-6756, email or visit the website

The Museum sponsors periodic Walks & Talks that are advertised in The Cortes Marketer, and on and (Tideline).

Call or email the Museum for more information.