Cortes Island is in the Discovery Islands Archipelago, and lies between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia Mainland. It is located in the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose), ɬəʔamɛn qaymɩxʷ (Tla’amin), and ʔop qaymɩxʷ (Homalco) Nations.
The island has a year round population of just over 1000 people. This swells in the summer months, with both seasonal residents and visitors coming to enjoy the diverse beauty that this island gem has to offer. Cortes boasts sandy beaches, beautiful lakes, warm water for swimming, as well as dense forests, and an abundance of wildlife. It is also situated at the entrance to Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park, considered to be one of the best cruising grounds in BC.
To reach Cortes Island, most visitors arrive via BC ferries, while others choose water taxi or floatplane. The four hubs of Cortes island are Whaletown, the Gorge Harbour, Manson’s Landing, and Squirrel Cove. On island provisioning is limited, and we suggest that visitors arrive with all of their non-food items already procured. Cortes is, however, home to many amazing artists and craftspeople. Their work is showcased at weekly farmers and craft markets throughout the summer months along with local organic produce and fresh baked goods.
On island lodging options include B&Bs, private rentals, lodges/retreats, and camping.
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