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General News · 22nd August 2013
Cortes Museum & Archives
An additional Museum-sponsored cruise to Desolation Sound has been scheduled for Saturday, August 31st, 2013. Desolation Sound is a favourite destination for boaters from all over the Pacific Northwest. Its many inlets, islets, coves, and bays support a wild variety of wildlife, and comprise the Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park. This deep-water sound is also well-known for its spectacular fjords and dramatic mountains, as well as for its history as the anchorage for British and Spanish explorers of the late 1700s. Thanks to Moore, participants aboard this cruise will hear stories about First Nations people and the Age of Exploration, as well as gain knowledge about the marine and topographic features of this beautiful sound. MISTY ISLES departs Cortes Bay at 10:30am on the 31st, and returns at approximately 5:00pm, allowing participants to catch the day's final ferry sailing off of Cortes. Both Museum-sponsored trips to Desolation Sound this year (aboard MISTY ISLES) filled up quickly, so be sure to reserve your seat as soon as possible!

The fee for this last trip is $120, including tax. Off-island participants should catch the 8:30am ferry from Campbell River to Quadra Island on the morning of their selected trip. Participants can then leave their car on Quadra and walk on the 9:05am ferry to Cortes Island—the day’s first sailing to Cortes. Walking on will ensure that participants do not miss the Cortes ferry, or the MISTY ISLES departure from Cortes. Transportation from the Cortes ferry dock to the departure point on Cortes (as well as back to the 5:50pm ferry off of the island, if necessary) is available for each of these trips at no extra cost.

For more information—or to reserve a spot on this exciting trip—please contact the Cortes Museum (250-935-6340;