May 2017

Wildflowers on Mitlenatch Island

Wildflowers on Mitlenatch Island

Twin Islands Lodge

Twin Islands Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 13/14th, Overnight Trip to Mitlenatch Island and Twin Island

Cost $400, Tax included.

This is a royal birding extravaganza! On Saturday June 11th, we will board Misty isles and depart Cortes Bay at 1030 for the voyage to Mitlenatch Island. At this time of year, the wildflowers will be at their peak, the sealions growling and territorial displays in full swing at the seabird colonies. On this trip we will get to walk the paths through the wildflower meadow, observe nesting activities from the bird blind and weather permitting, we hope to circumnavigate the island in the zodiac for a view of the seal and sealions hauled out on the rocks.
cont_full_20Later on in the afternoon, we will voyage to Twin Island. 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.

Inside of Twin Island Lodge

Inside of Twin Island Lodge

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 owners have 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.

Twin Island Garden

Twin Island Garden

On Sunday, we will check out the wetlands and orchards where forest birds will be in full nesting activity. We will also learn about Twin Island’s fascinating history and the alternative/ off-grid systems that provide services to the island. After lunch, we will board Misty Isles for the trip back to Cortes Bay where we will be met by a shuttle to the Cortes Island Museum and then to the 5:50pm ferry off of Cortes.

 


The cost of $400 (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 email cimas@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.


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