Desolation Sound

Desolation Sound is a place of magnificent beauty, where mountains rise up from the sea in the deeply cut glacial fjords. Mount Denman dominates the scene, towering more than a mile high above narrow channels which have depths of over 2000 feet. It is a rugged coast, offset by warm sea temperatures, picturesque anchorages, and a mild climate, which make it a world class boating and sea kayaking destination.

As we explore the sound, we enter the domain of Bald eagles, Harbour seals, Steller and California sea lions, Dall’s and Harbour porpoises, Humpback whales, Orca, and more.

From lake hikes and waterfalls to warm water swims and vibrant coastal communities, Desolation Sound offers a wide array of unique experiences.

Day Trips


Departing Cortes Bay 



June 29

July 8*, 13, 27

August 13, 20, 24

September 3, 7

* This trip runs from 10am-5pm for $160 and is a partnership with the Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society. It features a local naturalist, and has a social and natural history focus.  For more local history, please visit the CIMAS website at


Departing Hollyhock beach

1:30pm- 6:30pm


July 6, 11, 15, 20, 25, 29

August 17, 22, 26, 31

Sept 5, 9

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