July 2018

July 13th, Low Tide on the Hernando Island Reefs
Cost $130, Tax included

Low Tide on the Hernando Reefs

Summer days on the beach- what could be better? A very low tide of course! The rocky cobble reefs off of Hernando Island are home and nursery to a vast array of intertidal creatures and algae. And at 1230 today, there is one of the lowest tide of the summer.

This year we will be joined by our guest marine biologist Ariane Batic. Ariane lives in Tofino where she coordinates and teaches the Raincoast Field School, an outdoor experiential learning program that is offered to every elementary school student in the community. She is also a guide/ zodiac driver in the Antarctic and she counts (and cuddles) King Eider ducks in the Arctic. She is a passionate naturalist and fun person to learn about intertidal life with.

Bring your rubber boots, walking poles, sun hat and curiosity as we explore the beach with Ariane under the watchful eyes of eagles and seals that fish on the reefs.

Intertidal Gardens

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

 


July 19th, Cassel Lake Waterfalls and Teakerne Arm
Cost $130, Tax included

Misty Isles will depart Thursday July 19th for the Squirrel Cove Public Dock at 10:30 am for a trip back in time to June 1792.

Sailing Back In Time

Captain Vancouver anchored his 2 sailing ships, the Chatham and Discovery in Teakerne Arm while they surveyed and charted the surrounding area. “Our situation here presenting as gloomy and dismal an aspect as nature could be supposed to exhibit, had she not been a little aided by vegetation, which screened from our sight the dreary rocks and precipices that compose these desolate shores. Our residence here was truly forlorn, an awful silence pervaded the gloomy forests whilst animated nature seems to have deserted the neighbouring country.”

Today, the Cassel Lake waterfall and Teakerne Arm are a favourite stop

Cassel Lake Waterfall

over for yachters plying the waters of Desolation Sound. What was Captain Vancouver talking about? Come find out on this day trip!

We will view the waterfall and then anchor off and those that wish to can walk to the lake along the steep and rocky trail suitable for the sure footed. Along the way, there are some interesting artefacts from the logging days. The swim rocks are steep but fun and the lake waters are warm and clear.

Misty Isles will arrive back to Squirrel Cove dock at about 5pm for the shuttle back to the ferry. 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

Logging artefacts at Cassel Lake

 


July 31st, Around Maurelle Island
Cost $130, Tax included

There are only certain tides in the summer that will allow Misty Isles to circumnavigate historic Maurelle Island. Surge Narrow’s Beazley Pass and the Hole In The Wall are famous for their tidal rapids but we will be able to work our way through them on this day at near slack water. Later in the afternoon the incoming tide will thunder through at almost 10 knots! Eagles, seals and sealions are often seen fishing in these fast waters.

Along the way we will pass the Octopus Islands and you’ll also see some fascinating historic places, from pictographs and old village sites to a 1920s store that is still standing. Skipper Mike Moore will be your guide to the rich marine and bird life of the area while also telling tales of the area’s history.
When the tides are right this is a unique opportunity, not to be missed!

Misty Isles departs the Whaletown public dock at 10 am and returns at about 5:20pm 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.
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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