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Sunday, May 20 – Sails and Whales – NEW CRUISE
Departs at 10:30 a.m. from Manson’s Landing public dock and heads out to explore the waters around Marina Island and Sutil Channel on the west side of Cortes. This area is often frequented by humpback whales in the summer time and you will seek them out with friendlier intentions than the schooner Kate of the Dawson Whaling Company which was based in Whaletown in the 1860s. You will see First Nations pictographs, stop for a low tide walk on a sandy beach, with an opportunity to raise sail before returning to Manson’s Landing dock at about 4:30 p.m. for a ferry shuttle. This cruise runs in conjunction with Seafest in Gorge Marina on Saturday. The long weekend will give folks something to do on Sunday. (6 person min., 12 max.) Price: $130, GST included.
Saturday, June 9 – Mitlenatch Island Cruise
Departs Cortes Bay at 10:30 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m. for ferry shuttles. (6 person min., 12 max.) Price: $130, GST included
Sunday, June 17 – Laughing Oyster Father’s Day Cruise
Departs Cortes Bay at 3 p.m. and returns about 10:30 p.m. Guests will pay for their own meals at the restaurant. Need accommodation on Cortes. Price: $95, GST included.
Friday, July 13 – Low Tide Reef Exploration
Departs Cortes Bay at 10:30 a.m. and heads to explore the extensive reef structure between Hernando and Savary Islands on a 0.3-foot low tide. The walk will be over a slippery cobble beach at low tide with rocks covered and very slippery with seaweeds. Participants need to be sure-footed. Rubber boots are a must. Walking sticks are also suggested. Return about 5 p.m. for ferry shuttles. (6 person min., 12 max.) Price: $130, GST included.
Thursday, July 19 – Cassel Lake and Waterfall Cruise
Departs Squirrel Cove public dock at 10:30 a.m. and heads north up Lewis Channel to Teakerne Arm. You will view the waterfall (Captain Vancouver’s “spa”) then anchor off and hike up to the lake. This hike is a steep, rocky trail and needs sure-footedness. Along the way are interesting artifacts from early logging. The swim rocks slope steeply into the lake but are fun. And you will have an opportunity for a swim in the lake. Up and down Lewis Channel there is good potential for sailing and there may be time to poke into the inner Squirrel Cove before returning to the dock about 5 p.m. for ferry shuttles. (6 person min., 12 max.) Price: $130, GST included.
Tuesday, July 31 – ‘Round Maurelle Island Cruise
Departs Whaletown at 10 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m. for ferry shuttles. (6 person min., 12 max.) Price: $130, GST included.
Saturday, August 4 – Desolation Sound Cruise
Friday, August 17 – Desolation Sound Cruise
Departs Cortes Bay at 10:30 a.m. and returns about 5 p.m. for ferry shuttles. (6 person min., 12 max.) Price: $130, GST included.
Desolation Sound, Aug. 4 – is a Saturday, so you need to catch the 8:20 a.m. from CR & the 8:50 a.m. from Heriot Bay.
Desolation Sound, Aug. 17 – is a Friday, so normal weekday times of 8:30 and 9:05 a.m. for ferry sailings.
Thursday/Friday, September 2/3 – Blind Channel Dining Cruise
Departs Whaletown at 10 a.m. and heads north to catch the ebb tide through Beazley Passage and the Okisollo Rapids then into Johnstone Strait. Passing Chatham Point, you’ll head into Mayne Passage between the Thurlow Islands to your overnight destination at Blind Channel Resort. The Cedar Post Restaurant is well known for its gourmet dining, http://www.blindchannel.com/fine-dining. The resort provides 3 cabins, each with 2 bedrooms with double beds. Hiking trails will take you to some nice old growth forest nearby. The next day you will depart the resort by 9 a.m. and catch the morning flood tide through the Dent and Arran Rapids, returning to Whaletown about 5 p.m. The tidal rapid areas are frequented by dolphins, porpoises and whales, so keep your eyes watching for their “blows.” (10 person min., 12 max.) Price: $380 per person for couples, $410 per person single occupancy, GST included, and guests pay for their own supper at the restaurant. Two lunches and a breakfast are provided.
Thursday, August 9 – Cortes Island Seafood Tour! – NEW!
Departs Whaletown at 10 a.m. and heads for Marina Island where we will meet The Oysterman (Brent Petkau) our guest speaker for the day. You’ll see Brent’s clam and oyster beaches and then head into Gorge Harbour for a look at the deepwater oyster and mussel rafts. Next, you’ll head around Sutil Point and join Bill for the famous Hollyhock Oyster BBQ. Ferry shuttles will leave from Hollyhock about 5 p.m.
(Dates and pricing still to be determined but in progress.)