July 2017

Twin Islands Lodge

Twin Islands Lodge


Looking into Desolation Sound

Looking into Desolation SoundJuly 13-15th, Twin Island Kayaking; 3 days & 2 nights

July 13-15th, Twin Island Kayaking; 3 days & 2 nights

Cost; $720 GST Included

kayaks 3Spend three days kayaking and exploring Twin Island and then sleep in a lodge fit for royalty! Twin Island lies just off the east side of Cortes Island and affords beautiful views of the mountains in Desolation Sound. The surrounding shorelines are a mixture of sandy beaches and steep granite cliffs making this a very varied and fascinating place to paddle. Eagles, seals and shorebirds make their home here while whales occasionally swim by. On kayak trips each day, our guides will make the natural and human history of the area come alive with their stories. Our plans include a stop at Hollyhock, Canada’s Leadership Learning Centre for lunch and a tour of their beautiful garden and facilities. On the final day of the trip, we hope to paddle around the south end of Cortes to Smelt Bay park to Cortes Days, an annual celebration of the food, art, crafts and character that makes up our island community.


Bed rooms fitted out for royalty in the 1950's

Bed rooms fitted out for royalty in the 1950’s

But kayaking is only part of the experience. This island has long had a sense of mystique about it and is locally known as a place fit for royalty. During the 1930’s an American industrialist with contracts in Japan bought the islands to live out the War in seclusion. He went to work building a 9 bedroom lodge, stables, orchards and gardens, creating his personal retreat on these 680 acres of private islands.

In the late 1950’s Margrav Maximillian Von Baden of Baden Baden, Germany purchased Twin Islands as a summer retreat for his family. Queen Elizabeth has stayed on Twin Island, twice. And now, the current owner, Mark Torrance has invited Misty Isles Adventures to bring our guests and spend the night there to explore the forests, gardens, orchards and the extensive off-grid systems that up until now, have been out of sight to the public. We will sleep in the cozy bedrooms of the historic lodge and our meals will feature food that is grown right on Twin Island.

The cost of $720 (GST Included) helps fund the Museum’s activities and includes all meals with dinner wine and accommodations.

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 emailcimas@twincomm.ca

Also, the Museum is a Tourist Information Booth and can give suggestions regarding accommodations and dining on Cortes. Give them a call and stay an extra night or two to explore the island! Or check out OurCortes.com the official Cortes Island Business and Tourism website.

July 20-21st, Lund, Refuge Cove and Twin Islands with Jeanette Taylor

Cost $400; GST Included

The Refuge Cove Store

Departing from Cortes Bay at 1030, Misty Isles will sail for the town of Lund on the mainland coast while Jeanette tells us historical tales about the area. Lund is considered to the “The End Of The Road”. It is as far north as you can drive on Highway 101, in fact the next road accessible mainland community is Bella Coola which is about 600 km to the north. Lund lies on the edge of a vast wilderness but it is well known for its historic hotel, galleries and Nancy’s Bakery which is were we will have the opportunity to buy lunch. After stocking up on Nancy’s famous cinnamon buns, we will head north through Thulin Pass and into Desolation Sound for a swing by Galley Bay for more settler stories and perhaps a swim. Then we will head up to Refuge Cove on West Redonda Island and stop to look around the 1920’s era store and craft shops in this small, remote community. We’ll finish the day at Twin Islands for dinner around the great table at the lodge.

Historian/ Author Jeanette Taylor tells stories of the local area on Misty Isles

Historian/ Author Jeanette Taylor tells stories of the local area on Misty Isles

The next morning after breakfast, there will be guided walks on the islands which will highlight the gardens, orchards and extensive off-grid power and water systems that provide service to the lodge. After lunch, Misty isles will take us back to Cortes Bay and participants will be shuttled to visit the Cortes Island Museum and Mansons Landing community before being taken to catch the 5:50pm ferry off of the island.



July 26th, 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.
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