August 2018

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August 4th & 17th, Desolation Sound

Cost; $130 Tax included

Mt Denman Desolation Sound

Mt Denman Towers Over Desolation

Tales of Captains Cook, Vancouver, Galiano, Valdes and Quadra and possible stops at Logger Mike’s old homestead or Refuge Cove on West Redonda Island give a historical perspective to this incredibly beautiful area. One of the most famous yachting destinations on the Pacific Northwest, we will explore Desolation Sound in late August when the majority of the boats have started making their way home returning the Sound to a quiet backwater.

Conditions permitting, there may be an opportunity to take a swim in the famously warm waters of Desolation Sound. Just to whet your interest, here is a link to an article on the Cortes Museum site about the Flea Village.

Mountains rising up from the sea, a chance to see dolphin, porpoise and seals and wonderful story telling by Captain Mike Moore make this a memorable trip! Check out this orca encounter we had in August 2016!

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Misty Isles departs the Cortes Bay public dock at 10:30 am and returns at about 5:00pm in conjunction with the ferry schedule. Guests are urged to park their vehicles in Heriot Bay on Quadra Is. and walk on to the Cortes ferry. This will reduce ferry traffic congestion and ensure that you will be able to get off Cortes on the last ferry of the day. A shuttle service to and from the ferry to Cortes Bay can be arranged at the time of guest registration.

This trip is hosted by the Cortes Island Museum and because space is limited on the trip, pre-registration is essential, so be sure to reserve your place early by calling the museum at (250) 935-6340 or by email cimas@twincomm.ca

 

 


August 9th, Cortes Island Seafood Tour

Cost; $145 Tax and Oyster BBQ Appetizer
included

 

Oysters, clams and mussels. The waters around Cortes Island and Desolation Sound are well know for shellfish aquaculture. On this trip Misty Isles will set out with a guest speaker/ shellfish grower to explore shellfish farms on local beaches. We will learn about growing oysters and mussels off of deep water rafts. We will talk about the impact and benefits that this industry has on our local economy and environment. And we will finish the tour by sampling Cortes grown oysters at the locally famous Hollyhock Oyster Appetizer BBQ!

Historically the sand and mud tide flats¬†were worked by the Coast Salish for clams. They enhanced the growing conditions by building rock berms along the waters edge to hold the fine gravel/ shell mix creating a “clam garden”. In the late 1800’s the Japanese oyster was introduced to these water and commercial aquaculture was born. The oysters thrived in the warm waters of Desolation Sound. In recent years, mussel culture has really taken off. Clams, mussels and oysters represent a significant part of the Cortes Island economy and lifestyle. This is celebrated weekly at the Hollyhock Oyster BBQ. The beach in front of the ¬†Hollyhock Life Long Learning Centre faces a stunning backdrop of the mountains of Desolation Sound and there is no place better on a summer’s day to sample oysters hot off the BBQ or raw with a twist of lime. We’ll also have time to wander through the Hollyhock garden that provides both beauty and nourishment to those attending workshops at Hollyhock

Misty Isles departs the Whaletown public dock at 10am and finishes at Hollyhock at 5pm. There will be a shuttle back to Whaletown to catch the ferry off the island or to return to parked cars. Guests are urged to park their vehicles in Heriot Bay on Quadra Is. and walk on to the Cortes ferry. This will reduce ferry traffic congestion and ensure that you will be able to get off Cortes on the last ferry of the day.

This trip is hosted by the Cortes Island Museum and because space is limited on the trip, pre-registration is essential, so be sure to reserve your place early by calling the museum at (250) 935-6340 or by email cimas@twincomm.ca

 

 


Guests participating on our trips should bring along a bagged lunch or order a Misty Isles sandwich (local fish, eggs or cheese in season) and local green salad lunch for $12 (GST included) at the time of registration. We also advise bringing rubber boots or shoes that you don’t mind getting wet for beach landings and clothing appropriate for the day which may include rain gear, extra jacket, long pants, sunscreen, sunhat and sun glasses. Don’t forget to pack your camera, binoculars and curiosity! Misty Isles provides black and herbal teas, coffee and home baked snacks.

LIABILITY WAIVER: All participants in sailing trips, guided kayaking trips or kayak rentals will be required to sign a waiver of liability. Link to Waiver

Participants under 19 years of age will be required to sign a Youth Participant’s Agreement along with a signature from a parent or guardian. Link to Youth Participant’s Agreement