Cortes Island VACATION RENTALS
VISITORâ€™S GUIDE We hope you are looking forward to your upcoming visit to Cortes Island! Please enjoy this little guide to help you get the most out of your island experience. Included you will find Cortes Island maps, and a selection of some of our top recommended things to do and places to go while visiting the island. Enjoy your journey and your stay, and we hope to see you again soon!
TABLE OF CONTENTS ARTS & CRAFTS
CORTES ISLAND INFORMATION
FARM & FOOD ACTIVITIES
FIRE & WATER ON CORTES
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
HAGUE & GUNFLINT LAKES
ARTS & CRAFTS Old School House Gallery Summer Season open June to September New shows every two weeks Hours: Friday 6 to 9pm; Saturday and Sunday 2 to 6pm Details: Arts & Entertainment Special Section of Tideline
Cortes Craft Shop Co-op Located in Squirrel Cove. Local artists showcase their handmade jewelry, pottery, photographs, cards, weaving and wool, fabric art, wood work, books, and healing skin care products. May 20 - June 25, weekends, 12 - 4 June 26 - June 30, everyday, 12 - 4 July 1 - Sept 3, everyday, 10 - 5 Sept 4 - 17, everyday, 12 - 4 250 935 6635
BEACHES BEACH GUIDE Manson’s Lagoon Great sunsets, tidal pools, visit during the tide changes for fun swimming! Hague Lake Beach Sandy beach, lovely fresh swimming waters, safe and gentle for small children. Smelt Bay Provincial Park Incredible sunsets, long sandy beach, great for beach-combing, dog walking, sandcastle making. Hank’s Beach Local favorite, great swimming & snorkeling, mix of sand, stones, & cliffs. Hollyhock Beach Sandy, gentle, warm swimming waters. Clothing optional beach. Dolphins and orcas are sometimes seen off this beach.
Manson’s Lagoon Hague Lake Beach
CORTES ISLAND INFORMATION
Cortes Island Information Book
Cortes Phone Book
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FOOD & FARM ACTIVITIES
Cortes Island Farmer’s Markets Fridays 12 – 3pm Manson’s Landing Saturdays 10 – 1pm Gorge Harbour Marina Sundays 12:30 – 3pm Squirrel Cove
Linnaea Farm Explore a heritage working farm, with over 315 acres in the Linnaea Land Trust. Take a workshop, enjoy a farm tour, and learn about this community asset. Experience a real working organic farm with many acres of vegetable gardens, orchards, cows, lambs, and pigs, all on the edge of stunning Gunflint Lake.
Visit linnaeafarm.org for more information and details
FIRE Fire bans in the summer are a regular occurrence on the BC Coast. Please take all necessary precautions and be responsible with your campfire and BBQ activities. "Never leave your campfire unattended and always keep water and a hand tool nearby in case you need to put out the fire quickly. Make sure that your campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time." - Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
more information and to check on campfire prohibitions in your area, visit BC WILDFIRE online. ** To Report a Wildfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cellular phone immediately.
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WATER Water is one of our most precious resources here on Cortes Island, and in the dry summer months, our local water tables and wells can be challenged. Please be mindful with your water use (showers, laundry, dishwashers, flushing toilets, etc) and stagger appropriately. This goes a long way to ensure you donâ€™t run out of water at your vacation rental. If the power goes out for any reason, do not use any water. This means no flushing toilets, running sinks or showers, dishwashers, etc, until the power comes back on.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
May 20, 2017: Cortes Island Seafood Festival, Gorge Harbour Postponed til 2018: Creative Spaces Garden and Studio Tour July 15, 2017: Cortes Day, Smelt Bay (Parade at 11AM) August 6, 2017: Sandcastle Day, Smelt Bay
HAGUE & GUNFLINT LAKES Hague and Gunflint lakes are our island gems, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike throughout the summer months. In 2014, both Hague and Gunflint lakes suffered longer than usual algae blooms in the Spring. This has been a cause for concern for the island. The cause is as wide as you can cast your net, not one single thing. However human activity around these waters is definitely a culprit.
IF YOU ARE VISITING A LAKESIDE HOME, PLEASE: Use only eco-friendly bathing and cleaning products Be mindful of water use Do not dispose of chemicals, phosphate-products (detergents), or bleach down the drains
What we can do is reduce our use of (or change) the products we put into our septic fields, as we are not on sewage treatment. This includes: eliminating phosphates, using â€˜greenâ€™ laundry and bathing products (ie eco friendly). This is really important. Please plan for it when visiting Cortes.
HIKING TRAILS 350000
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Tidal Waters There are many private roads and trails on Cortes Island which are not on this map. Please respect all private property and residence on the island. Please keep the forest environment clean and always pack out what you bring in. This map was produced for the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI). Feel free to contact FOCI if you have any questions, comments or possible edits to this map. The use of this map is at the users own risk.
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Smelt Bay Provincial Park
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Kw'as Regional Park
Mansons Landing Provincial Park
Kilometres (NAD83 UTM Zone 10N)
Cortes Island Trail Map
Kwâ€™as Park Trail Map
More Hiking Trails
RESTAURANTS & CAFES
Cortes Market Takeout Open in the summer, fast food takeout next to the Cortes Market. Burgers, fries, ice cream. Cortes Natural Food Coop Cafe Bakery, coffee, wifi, fresh bread, smoothies, breakfast & lunch menu. Pizza nights & open mic nights. The Cove Restaurant Views of Desolation Sound, local seafood and vegetables, soup & salad, fish & chips, daily specials. Open June - September. The Floathouse Fine dining at the Gorge Harbour Marina. Featuring West coast and local cuisine. Open year round. Reservations recommended. Flying Squirrel Takeout Burgers, wraps, salads. Located at Squirrel Cove. Hollyhock Restaurant Ethnic and locally inspired vegetarian & seafood buffetstyle cuisine. April through November. Reservations required.
SHOPS Cortes Natural Food Co-op The islandâ€™s natural health and organic food store. Squirrel Cove General Store Produce, grocery, liquor store, post office, fishing licenses. Gorge Harbour Marina General Store Produce, grocery, liquor store, bakery, with an emphasis on local / organic. Cortes Market Produce, grocery, liquor store, household products, DVDs. Hollyhock Gift Shop Books, music, childrenâ€™s toys & activities, clothes, jewelry, thoughtful gifts.
OUTDOOR Misty Isles Adventures Kayaking and sailing tours, and charters throughout the Discovery Island and Desolation Sound. Kayak and canoe rentals. 250 935 6756 mistyislesadventures.com
Cortes Island Fishing Adventures Full or half day guided fishing trips, sightseeing trips and water taxi services. 250 202 3414 cortesfishingadventures.com
Crossing Borders Adventure Travel Day and multi-day lodge based sea kayaking tours. West coast cuisine and multi-activity kayaking/hiking adventures. 1 855 83 - KAYAK crossingbordersadventures.com
Google Map of Cortes Island Page 13
Enjoy the journey!
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