Mitlenatch Island has been a protected Provincial Nature Park since 1961. Each spring there is a continuous progression in the blooming of wildflowers; Starting with Sea Blush and Blue Eyed Mary in April, on in 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 Straits of Georgia, largely because the ocean around it provides both a barrier from most predators and a generous supply of food.
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 into the nesting activities of the Glaucous wing 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.
Departing Cortes Bay
Departing Hollyhock beach
June 15, 24, 28
* 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 https://cortesmuseum.com
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