Mitlenatch Island Cruise Aboard Misty Isles

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Mitlenatch Island Provincial Park Cruise

Embark on a fascinating journey to Mitlenatch Island Provincial Park and join George Sirk aboard Misty Isles for the Museum’s first guided historic cruise of this season. This is a unique experience that you don’t want to miss!

Book fast; the cruise is coming soon.

  • Thursday, May 30, 2024
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., departing from the Cortes Bay government dock
  • $225
  • Guided by George Sirk

George Sirk, naturalist and filmmaker, worked as the BC Parks Branch Naturalist stationed at Mitlenatch in 1969 and 1971. On this trip, George will share his first-hand experience of this island and his extensive knowledge of natural history.

Mitlenatch Island has been a protected Provincial Nature Park since 1961. Each spring, the wildflowers bloom, starting with sea blush and blue-eyed Mary in April and progressing to chocolate lilies, tiger lilies, common camas, death camas, and prickly pear cactus in high summer. The island also hosts the largest seabird breeding colony in the Strait of Georgia, largely because the ocean around it provides both a barrier from most predators and a generous food supply.

Weather permitting, we often anchor the Misty Isles and board the zodiac for a tour around the island to get a close-up view of the cormorant nests and other wildlife. Once on land, we can enjoy a walk through the flower meadow to the bird blind for a sneak peek at the nesting activities of the glaucous-winged gull. Mitlenatch Island is home to hundreds of harbour seals, and in the early spring, migratory Steller and California sea lions bark and grunt at us from their basking rocks. With new things to see from one week to the next, Mitlenatch Island is a dynamic and exciting place to explore.

Museum-sponsored historic cruises are a unique and educational experience and a meaningful way to support our community and the Museum’s programs. These cruises are a fundraising partnership between the Cortes Island Museum & Archives and Misty Isles Adventures. Your participation directly contributes to preserving and promoting our local history and culture.

To register, click  or call 250-935-6756.