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General News · 23rd July 2014
Lynne Jordan, Cortes Museum
THE TIDES ARE RIGHT to circumnavigate Maurelle Island! Timing is critical to marvel at tidal rapids, ever changing whirlpools, currents and eddies around this scenic island. Because of ideal tides on July 29th, this is a unique opportunity - not to be missed!

Sponsored by the Cortes Museum, this remarkable day cruise aboard Misty Isles will have you observing fascinating historic places as well as eagles, seals and sea lions fishing in these fast waters. Skipper/naturalist Mike Moore will show you a "gallery" in Octopus Islands, First Nation pictographs, old village sites, Hole-in-the-Wall, Raven's Chamber Pot & a 1920s store still in operation. Learn about the history of this area & the diversity of life which takes its rhythm from the tides. Despite shooting through on a slack tide, you'll 'feel' the power of the ocean through Beazley Pass in Surge Narrows and Hole-in-the-Wall, both famous for their strong tidal rapids. Later in the afternoon, the incoming tide will thunder through at almost 11 knots! This is an area of incredible beauty.

Cost for this sea adventure is $120 per person. Misty Isles will depart Whaletown dock Tuesday, July 29 at 10 am, returning at 5:30 pm. Those coming from off island should catch the 8:30 am ferry from Campbell River to connect with the 9:05 am Cortes ferry at Heriot Bay. Park your car at Heriot Bay & walk onto the Cortes ferry -- shuttle service (by donation) is available on Cortes.

Pack a picnic lunch, dress for the weather and bring sunscreen, hat, binoculars - & don't forget a camera! An extra pair of shoes is also advised. Tea & cookies are served on board. For more information or to register, contact Cortes Museum at: or 250-935-6340.