Cassel Lake & Refuge Cove
Departing from the Squirrel Cove Government dock on the east side of Cortes Island, we ride the tide north up Lewis Channel towards West Redonda Island and the Granite walls of Teakerne Arm. With the anchor set near Cassel Falls we disembark to shore for a short, Arbutus lined hike to the warm waters of Cassel Lake for a dip, a swim or a moment of repose amongst the trees and birdsong.
Upon raising of the anchor, we backtrack our way out of Teakerne Arm, with eyes peeled for the Orcas, Dolphins and Humpback Whales known to frequent theses waters. Next stop, Refuge Cove. This boardwalk community on West Redonda Island was founded in 1913 and once was home to over 200 residents. The general store and post office opened up in 1918, and continue to connect communities to this day. With a dedicated, year round population of 12, local artisans tend to an art gallery, pour pints and brew espresso at the pub, and see to it that Refuge Cove remains a social hub where mariners have restocked and refreshed for well over one hundred years. An eclectic rite of passage for travel by water in the Discovery Islands, Refuge Cove cannot be missed!
Join us for a relaxing, and unique journey along the shores of West Redonda and Cortes Island.
Depart Squirrel Cove
July 21, 28
August 11*, 18, 25
Sept 1, 8
* This trip runs from 9am-4pm 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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