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Cortes Island Information

DEAR VISITORS! Welcome to Cortes Island, home of free-range children and catch-and-release dating. Where online shopping means walking up the ferry line, tapping on car windows, asking, “Are you going to Superstore?” Where preschoolers can start a generator, and “normal” is just a setting on your dryer. (If you have one.) Many people say that coming to Cortes is a bit like time travelling. That’s true. And while I have been happily living here in the past, a few developments may have snuck past me in the “outside world.” It took me over a year to clue in to the fact that a Blackberry was more than just something to put on your morning oatmeal. A friend asked me if I had her number on my phone. Oh, yes! said I, and she started to congratulate me on finally learning how to use my cell ... until I showed her the yellow sticky note stuck to the back of my phone. I am just now switching from VHS to DVD. On the bright side, while my technical skills may lag, I can start the morning fire with one match, split kindling like a son of a gun, and live without electricity for days on end. More importantly, I have learned what “community” means, and it is much more than just my circle of friends. I have experienced what a “social safety net” means in a place of true inter-dependence. People are drawn to Cortes for many reasons other than the beauty: the quiet, the community, the activities, the quirk factor ... I was drawn by a special Halloween night. As a visitor to the island in the fall of 2002, I decided to take part in the traditional bonfire and fireworks. I watched as a circle of adults stood around the fire, talking happily, while safe inside the circle, little ghosts and pirates played, talked, munched treats, and chased one another. I tried to match up kids with parents as I observed the festivities and I couldn’t. Little ones who needed assistance with costumes or uncooperative wrappers just reached out to the closest adult. I couldn’t tell who went with who. I believe it takes a village to raise a child, and as I stood at the Halloween bonfire that night, I finally saw that belief embodied. It wasn’t the only thing that called me to move here from Winnipeg, (hint: weather), but that night had a lasting impact. Experience Cortes Island, is not only the theme of this information book, it is the best advice I can give you. Regardless of what drew you here, soak it up. Look, listen, breathe. Experience Cortes, because it is so much more than the view.

Monica Nawrocki You can find Monica’s book Full Moon Lagoon at local stores.

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CONTENTS Emergencies Getting Here Transportation on Cortes Island BC Ferries Cortes Websites Tourist Information Booth Linnaea Farm Public Library  Fire Awareness Shopping  Trail Map Provincial Parks, Walks & Beaches Craft Shop Co-op Picture Gallery Events Shellfish Recycling and Garbage Pickup Cycling Wi-Fi and Cell Phone Reception Marnie’s Books Eating Out Gorge Harbour Marina and Resort The Cortes Market Squirrel Cove Trading Company Cortes Natural Food Co-op Cortes Co-op Cafe & Bakery Gathering Place Trading Co Inc. Island Feed Healing Arts, Gypsy Mama Fairhaven Gardens Hollyhock Cortes Craft Shop Co-op Hunt+Gather, Fine Art and Adornment The Wonders of Manson’s Lagoon Sand Dollars

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Friends of Cortes Island Society 32 Rites of Spirit, Massage Therapist, Lisa Day 34 Holistic Health Arts, Jocelan Coty 35 Abi’s Manicure & Pedicure 36 Clio’s Wax Treatments 37 Misty Isles Adventures 38 Misty Isles Adventures–Trip Schedule 40 Cortes Island Museum & Archives 42 The Man Called Nakatsui 43 Hot Yoga in Whaletown 46 Cortes Fishing Adventures 47 Marine Adventures 48 Learning to Live With Wolves 48 Twincomm Communications 49 Lane 8 Delivery Services 49 Island Cycle, Quadra Island 50 Dandyhorse Bikes 51 Corilair 52 Marine Dental Clinic Cortes Island 53 Pacific Centre for Leadership 53 Discovery Launch Water Taxi 54 Lund Water Taxi 55 Royal LePage Advance Ltd, Martha Abelson, Realtor®56 Accommodations 57 Whiskey Point Resort, Quadra Island 57 Cortes Island Vacation Rentals 58 Cortes Island Motel 58 Cortes Island Boathouse 58 Sowelu, South Point 58 May’s Garden Cottage 58 Wilcox’s Beachfront Lodge 58 Juniper Bluffs B&B 59 Brilliant by the Bay B&B 59 Information Book Sponsors 60

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Dear Visitors

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Manson’s Lagoon at low tide and sand dollars shells. Annual editions of the Cortes Island Information Book since 2007 See the book online at: www.issuu.com/cortesinfobook/docs/cortes_island_information_book Page 2

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Christian Gronau Lynne Jordan Mike Manson Monica Nawrocki Richard Trueman ... and others

Thank you!

EMERGENCIES AMBULANCE / First Aid / Rescue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911 HOSPITAL (CAMPBELL RIVER) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250-850-2141 MEDICAL – Cortes Health Centre, 945 Beasley Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250-935-6718 Monday to Friday: 9 am to 12 noon, 1 to 4 pm POLICE / RCMP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911 Non-emergency: Quadra Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-250-285-3631 Toll free . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-888-0088 FIRE (in-house) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911 Non-emergency: Mansons Firehall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250-935-6779 Non-emergency: Whaletown Firehall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250-935-6600

FOREST FIRE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-663-5555 On most cell phones: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . *5555 Permits (Burn Registration Line): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-797-1717

SEARCH AND RESCUE Emergency Only, 24 hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-663-3456 MARINE MAMMALS IN DISTRESS If you see marine mammals in distress on the beach, please call the toll-free reporting hotline, 7 days a week at. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-465-4336 OTHER EMERGENCIES, HELP LINES and WEATHER – SEE LOCAL PHONE BOOK: Local phone books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.islandphonebooks.ca Note - To call Quadra Island from Cortes – dial 1-250-local-number - To call Campbell River from Cortes – dial 250-local-number (considered “local phone”)

POST OFFICES WHALETOWN V0P 1Z0 – at the Whaletown dock Monday, Wednesday, Friday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 to 10:30 am, 1 to 4 pm Tuesday (no mail in/out) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 to 12 noon Cut off for mail out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 am MANSONS LANDING V0P 1K0 – in Mansons Hall, Beasley Road Monday, Wednesday, Friday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 to 11 am, 2 to 4:30 pm Tuesday (no mail in/out). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 to 12 noon Cut-off for mail out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30 am SQUIRREL COVE V0P 1T0 – in Squirrel Cove Store Monday to Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 am to 5 pm

BANKS – ATMS The closest bank, Costal Community Credit Union, is located on Quadra Island, Quathiaski Cove, 657 Harper Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-250-285-3327 There are three ATMs on the island: • Squirrel Cove Store • Cortes Market in Mansons • Cortes Food Co-op in Mansons Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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GETTING HERE There are many ways to get to Cortes Island:

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• Central Mountain Air • Pacific Coastal Airlines • Westjet

Floatplane • Corilair • Kenmore Air Seaplanes • Van City Seaplanes

Water Taxi • Discovery Launch Water Taxi • Lund Water Taxi

Bus (Nanaimo–Campbell River) • Islandlink • Greyhound


Airplane Floatplane Water Taxi Ferry Highway

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From far away – fly to Vancouver, or Comox, or Campbell River. - from Comox and Campbell River airport – there is an airport shuttle to take you to Campbell River. - from Campbell River, Vancouver, or Seattle – you can take a float plane directly to Cortes Island. From Campbell River or Lund – you can take a water taxi to Cortes Island. See Discovery Launch Water Taxi, or Lund Water Taxi information in this book. From Vancouver – take BC Ferry to Nanaimo, then drive or take a bus to Campbell River. Islandlink is a popular bus connection – book your tickets online, www.islandlinkbus.com. A bus or a car trip from Nanaimo to Campbell River takes 2 hours. In peak season, avoid the last Cortes Island connecting ferry, when travelling by car, as the ferry has limited capacity and you risk getting left behind on Quadra Island (during summer the ferry may be full).

TRANSPORTATION ON CORTES ISLAND Cortes Island does not have a taxi service. To travel between ferry terminals on Quadra Island you can call Quadra Taxi 1-250-205-0505. Wonderful way to come to or leave Cortes is to take a floatplane or a water taxi! Discovery Launch Water Taxi, 250-287-7577, travels between Campbell River and Manson’s dock on Cortes Island. Lund Water Taxi, 604-483-9749, travels between Lund and Cortes Bay. Corilair offers 3 flights per day between Campbell River and Cortes from May through September. During the winter there are midday flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Need to bring large items to Cortes? Call Lane 8 Delivery Services. While on Cortes, you may choose to walk or ride a bike instead of using a car. Bring your bike with you or rent it here, see Dandyhorse Bikes on Cortes or Quadra Bikes on Quadra. Hitchhiking is also acceptable. GAS: Diesel and boat gas, also regular gas, are available at the Gorge Harbour Marina in Whaletown and at Squirrel Cove Store. Electric cars can be charged at Hollyhock. Cortes Island does not have a car repair shop. For emergency repairs or flat tire, call Richard@250-204-6567, located in Mansons, or ask around. Page 4

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BC FERRIES There are two BC Ferries crossings between Campbell River and Cortes Island. Quadra Island Whaletown • 10 min (1.8 nautical miles) crossing Heriot Bay from Campbell River to Quadra Island, Quathiaski Cove terminal, onboard of Power River Queen (85 m long, 68 cars and 400 passengers), and • 45 min (6.2 nautical miles) crossing from Quadra Island, Heriot Bay BC Ferries – Campbell River – Quadra Island terminal to Cortes Island, Whaletown, onboard of Tenaka (47 m long, 30 cars, Monday to Friday Saturday & Sunday 150 passengers). Leave CR Leave Quadra Leave CR Leave Quadra When taking BC Ferries from Campbell 6:40 am * 6:20 am * 7:30 am 7:05 am * River to Cortes Island, you pay for a 7:30 am * 7:05 am * 8:20 am xS 7:55 am xS round trip at Campbell River terminal. 8:30 am 8:00 am 9:20 am 8:55 am Mention Cortes Island as your 9:30 am 9:00 am !! 10:15 am 9:50 am destination. You will be directed to lane 10:30 am 10:00 am 11:15 am 10:45 am 7. Keep the THRUFARE portion of your ticket to show the ferry attendant at the 11:30 am 11:00 am 12:15 pm 11:45 pm Cortes ferry. 12:30 am 12:00 am 1:15 pm 12:45 pm On Quadra Island, it is 8 km from 1:30 pm 1:00 pm 2:15 pm 1:45 pm Quathiaski Cove north to Heriot Bay, 2:30 pm 2:05 pm 3:30 pm 3:00 pm take a taxi – call Quadra Taxi, or use 3:30 pm 3:00 pm 4:30 pm 4:00 pm your bike. Look for “Cortes Ferry” signs, 4:30 pm 4:00 pm DC 5:25 pm 5:00 pm or just follow the stream of cars from one terminal to the other. There is just 5:25 pm 5:00 pm 6:15 pm ! 5:50 pm enough time allowed for driving from 6:15 pm ! 5:50 pm 7:30 pm 7:00 pm one terminal to the other. And be patient 7:30 pm 7:00 pm 8:30 pm 8:00 pm – you are already on island time. If you 8:30 pm 8:00 pm miss one ferry to Cortes, there is another 9:45 pm 9:15 pm 10:45 FS 10:15 FS one soon. If you miss the last ferry to Cortes, but there are several cars waiting, 10:45 pm FS 10:15 pm FS ! Last connection to Cortes chances are the captain of the Cortes ferry BC Ferries – Cortes Island – Quadra Island will come back to pick you up. Monday to Friday Saturday & Sunday When going back from Cortes to Leave Cortes Leave Quadra Leave Cortes Leave Quadra Campbell River, you do not need to show 7:50 am * 9:05 am 7:50 am xSu 8:50 am xSu your ticket. On Cortes, arrive at least one hour before departure time to 9:50 am 11:05 am DC 9:35 am 10:50 am claim your space in the line. Booking the 11:50 am 1:05 pm 11:35 am 1:05 pm ferry is not possible. 1:50 pm DC 3:05 pm 1:50 pm DC 3:05 pm If planning your time is important, please 3:50 pm 5:05 pm 3:50 pm 5:05 pm check BC Ferries schedule online. 5:50 pm 6:45 pm 5:50 pm 6:45 pm This year, 2018 summer, BC Ferries * Except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. FS - Friday and Saturday only. brought back early Sunday sailing: DC Dangerous Cargo-Tuesdays. xSu - no Sunday sailing, except May between May 17 and September 3 !! Busy, local traffic. 17 to September 3, when there are only, the 7:50 am ferry leaving Cortes early morning sailings. on Saturday and Sunday, same as on ! Last connection to Cortes. weekdays, will serve morning traffic out May 17, 2018 - Sept. 3, 2018. Schedule subject to change without notice. of Cortes Island. http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/northern/ Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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CORTES WEBSITES For general information, maps, photos, trip planning, accommodation, dining, excursions, shopping and MORE see CIBATA (Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association) website, www.ourcortes.com. For local news, community bulletin board, picture gallery, island event calendar, lost and found, etc. see Tideline, our local community website, www.cortesisland.com. For history of Cortes and events organized by the Cortes Island Museum & Archives, Misty Isles cruises, and more, see Cortes Island Museum’s website, www.cortesmuseum.com. For information on Klahoose, First Nations on Cortes Island, see www.klahoose.org.

TOURIST INFORMATION BOOTH Tourist Information Booth is located downtown Mansons Landing in the Cortes Island Museum & Archives,

at 957 Beasley Rd. The Information Booth has maps and brochures, and the host can answer your questions about Cortes Island and its surroundings. Call 250-935-6340 or visit www.cortesmuseum.com.

CORTES COMMUNITY RADIO CKTZ FM 89.5 Tune to our island’s own radio station to enjoy a wide range of music and spoken word programming, or listen on line at www.cortesradio.ca.

LINNAEA FARM Linnaea Farm is a 316 acre working farm that exists to teach, demonstrate and develop the values and practical skills of ecological land stewardship. Linnaea Farm is host to many educational offerings throughout the year, has a 30 family share CSA (community supported agriculture), and provides fresh vegetables and fruit at Manson’s Hall weekly farmers market and the Cortes Natural Food Coop. Linnaea Farm hosts Dawg Dayz, an annual disc golf tournament in August, as well as weekly games at the public course. Call or email to organize a tour, take a workshop, stay on the farm, or get a weekly basket of fresh produce. For more information email info@linnaeafarm.org, call 250-935-6747, or check the website linnaeafarm.org.

PUBLIC LIBRARY Vancouver Island Regional Library Cortes Island Branch is located on 1255 Seaford Road (Linnaea Farm) and is open Tuesday 10–12 am & 1–5 pm, Wednesday 1–4 pm & 5–8 pm, Friday 1–5 pm, and Saturday 10 am–2 pm. You may find books in Mansons Hall and some other places, available to borrow on an honour basis (borrow, read, bring back).

FIRE AWARENESS We are a small island covered with trees and one of our greatest concerns is fire, especially during summer season. We have volunteer fire brigades with fire halls in Mansons Landing and Whaletown. Please observe the fire ban that is in effect from May 15th on. Call 911 if you see any unattended fires on the island. Thank you for keeping our island safe together with us!

General Fire Safety • If you are a smoker, when smoking outdoors, dispose of cigarettes and matches properly. Do not toss lit matches or cigarettes out of your car window ever – use your ashtray. • To use an outdoor stove or barbeque – keep the stove a safe distance away from flammable materials. Make sure briquettes and ashes are cold to the touch before disposing of them. • To report a forest fire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.

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SHOPPING You will find enough stores on Cortes Island to satisfy most of your everyday shopping needs. You can also find lots of interesting books and local arts here. Check the ads for opening days and hours, some places are open seasonally only.

MANSONS LANDING Cortes Market (250-935-6626), “downtown” Mansons, open every day. Amazing assortment of groceries, beer and wine, household, hardware and personal care products. Also tea, coffee, espresso, sandwiches, deli items, and more. Lotto centre. Cortes Natural Food Co-op (250-935-8577), “downtown” Mansons, open every day. Fresh, organic, local vegetables, local meat and seafood (frozen), bakery products baked on premises, local crafts and more. Also coffee, soup, lunches, pizza nights, etc. Hunt + Gather, Fine Art and Adornment, “downtown” Mansons, directly below the Food Co-op Cafe. Open seasonally, Monday–Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm. Local arts and crafts, vintage and ethical fashion. Marnie’s Books (250-935-0212), “downtown” Mansons, next to Cortes Natural Food Co-op Offers interesting selection of books and local crafts. Cortes Island Museum (250-935-6340), “downtown” Mansons, 957 Beasley Rd., between Fire Hall and Medical Centre. Offers books by local writers and on local topics, postcards, local arts, and it is also a Tourist Information Booth. Closed Mondays. Fairhaven Gardens (250-935-6559), 1188 Bartholomew Rd Fairhaven Gardens Nursery is open for the season every Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, from leaf burst in April through leaf fall in October. Cortes Island’s own nursery, surrounded by beautiful ornamental and food gardens. Hollyhock Store (250-935-6576), south end of Mansons, open every day in Hollyhock season. Offers large selection of art and craft products, beautiful clothing and interesting books. Pharmacy, in the Cortes Health Centre and Medical Clinic (250-935-0222), “downtown” Mansons, at 947 Beasley Rd. For over the counter or prescription medication. Pharmacy open Wednesday and Friday, 2 to 4.

SQUIRREL COVE Cortes Craft Shop Co-op, located next to the Squirrel Cove Store, open seasonally. Spring, weekends, 12 to 4 pm. Summer, every day, 10 am to 5 pm. Fall, every day, 12 to 4 pm. Offers large selection of local arts and crafts. Meet local artists and artisans. Squirrel Cove Trading Co. Ltd (250-935-6327) Open every day. Offers fresh vegetables, beer and wine, marine and hardware supplies, gas, and more...

WHALETOWN Gorge Harbor Marina (250-935-6433) Grocery store, local veggies and seafood, wine and beer, gas. Whaletown Garden Centre (250-935-6545), 315 Harbour Road “One-stop, candy shop” for gardeners. Open Thursday through Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Island Feed (250-204-8513), 410 Sawmill Road Our own garden produce, also animal feeds from all over British Columbia, made with only the best ingredients available.

FARMERS MARKETS Mansons: Fridays. Whaletown: Saturdays. Squirrel Cove: Sundays. See Events page.

GAS Diesel and boat gas, also regular gas, are available at the Gorge Harbour Marina in Whaletown and at Squirrel Cove Store in Squirrel Cove. Your electric car can be charged at a charging station at Hollyhock. Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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PROVINCIAL PARKS Parks of Cortes Island include Smelt Bay Provincial Park (the only park on Cortes with camping facilities), Mansons Landing Provincial Park, Von Donop Marine Provincial Park, Hank’s Beach, Carrington Park, Kw’as Park, Whaletown Commons and Whale’s Rest Park, near the ferry terminal. Most offer good trail networks. Trails maps are available at trail heads. Camping is also available in Gorge Harbour Marina Resort and at Hollyhock (check with Hollyhock registration).

WALKS The Cortes Island regional parks system is a wonderful and growing network of trails and protected spaces including beach access points, the Siskin Lane trails, Hank’s Beach, Carrington Lagoon, Kw’as Park, and more. Many small roads lead to private property – stay on trail and respect homeowners’ privacy. Keep your dog on a leash. But for most trails, leave your dog at home, as there are wolves on the island. Some easy trails: Siskin Lane trails – a network of easy trails thru Siskin forest, suitable also for bike rides. Smelt Bay beach and trail – long walk along the beach. You can walk from Hank’s Beach to Mansons Landing – but this will take you an entire day. Check the tides before you go, and walk at low tide. Hank’s Beach trail – park your car at Bartholomew Road parking. Easy (20 min one way) trail will take you to the Hank’s Beach. Good for biking. Hank’s Beach is nice for a swim and picknic. In May – watch for ticks. Some more difficult trails: Kw’as Park trails – ecologically-diverse stands of new and old growth forest with some easy, some more challenging parts. You can include a swim with your hike at Swimmers Rock. Start from Kw’as Pond parking or Granny Hague Pond parking close to the Cortes Island Motel. Children’s Forest trails, also known as Carrington Trails – is a network of trails leading to the Carrington Lagoon. Park your car on Coulter Bay Rd. and allow for 2 hours, or even a full day of hiking with lunch or picnic at the lagoon. Green Mountain (240 m) and Easter Bluff (180 m) – trails are moderately difficult, great views of B.C. coast (towards east from Easter Bluff, towards west from Green Mountain). There are many more trails to explore. See Cortes Island Trail Map brochure produced by Friends of Cortes Island with sponsorship by local businesses and available in local stores, containing the map featured on the previous page. You can also join Cortes Walking Group – walks start at Manson’s Hall parking lot, 9 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (post office days). Visitors are welcome to join! You can also walk along the ocean shore from Manson’s Lagoon, through Smelt Bay Beach, to Hollyhock Beach, and to Hank’s Beach. Choose a day with low tide. Do only portions of this walk at a time.

BEACHES AND BEACH ACCESS POINTS Hague Lake – sandy, family oriented, lake beach. Park your car at the parking lot on Seaford Road, between the Cortes Motel and Mansons, cross the road paying attention to traffic on the road. Manson’s Lagoon – sandy beach with big tidal differences at the north end of Sutil Point Road. Manson’s Lagoon is a fregile ecosystem. Stay on the trail, or on the water’s edge. Respect the newly installed fensing. Hank’s Beach and Brigitte’s Beach – small, but beautiful beaches, accessible on foot or by bike. Leave your car in the parking lot at Bartholomew Rd. and walk 20 min through the forest. Smelt Bay Beach – close to Smelt Bay Provincial Park, with wide sandy beach and Cortes Day in July and Sand Castle Day in August (see Events). Our beaches can also be accessed via these beach access points: • Seascape Road access – at the end of Seascape Road • Hayes Road access – from Potlach Road, at the end of Hayes Road • Moon Trail access – from Highfield Road, close to Hollyhock • Gnat Trail access – just past the Squirrel Cove store, towards the Free Store. Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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Squirrel Cove

Pictures Richard Trueman

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EVENTS Events are usually posted on the bulletin boards at the stores, Manson’s Hall and Whaletown post office. They are also announced on Tideline www.cortesisland.com and in the Cortes Marketer, the weekly flyer available in the Cortes Market. Events organized by the Cortes Island Museum or by Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) are advertised on their websites: cortesmuseum.ca and friendsofcortes.org. Check bulletin boards for exact dates and for additional events, as not all information is available at the time of printing this book.

Farmers Markets are regular events with local arts & crafts, food, fish...

Meet the artists and craft people.

Friday Market (year around) in and around Manson’s Hall, 12 – 3 pm Saturday Market (summer, June – Labour Day) in Gorge Marina Resort, 10 am – 1 pm Sunday Market (summer, June – Labour Day) in Squirrel Cove, 12:30 – 3 pm

Annual events SeaFest - Seafood and Oyster Festival – Saturday, May 19, in the Gorge Harbour Marina, food 11:30 am. Lots of fun, music, delicious food. All welcome! Come early! Free shuttle from and to the ferry. Creative Spaces: Gardens, Studios & Workshops Tour – Saturday, June 16, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Fundraiser for the Cortes Island Museum and an opportunity to visit local homes, studios and gardens. And Tiny Houses! Cortes Day – Saturday, July 21 (weather permitting). Fun for all! Parade starts at 10:30 am at the corner of Potlach Road and Sutil Point Road. Locals and tourists are welcome to join. From 11 am on, all kinds of activities, food and drink at Smelt Bay Provincial Park. Sand Castle Day – Saturday, August 11, Smelt Bay Provincial Park. Date is chosen for the lowest tide. Lots of fun for kids of all ages! Come and build a structure on the beautiful sand beach at Smelt Bay. Registration at 9 am. Bring your tools. Judging between 12 noon and 1 pm. Prizes! Lovefest – Sunday, August 12, Linnaea Farm. The festival includes various forms of performance art, installation art, several local food and goods vendors, and a handful of non-profit organizations. It’s a family friendly event, with local bands performing. This year’s theme is “Love the Future.” Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery in Whaletown, open Fridays 6 – 9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 2 – 6 pm, from June to August, offers exhibits of local artists. Check bulletin boards for dates and shows.

Daily events at Gorge Harbour Marina Resort

There is always something happening at Gorge Harbour Marina Resort... • live music 5 nights a week, July and August • free kids movie night every Thursday, July and August • Canada Day pancake breakfast • yoga every morning on the outside patio, $5 drop in • massage available 7 days a week by appointment • and, of course, SeaFest, May Long Weekend

Hollyhock Presenter Evenings – weekly, 8 pm, Hollyhock. Look for notices on Tideline. Quadra Island Studio Tour – first weekend of June. Great opportunity to meet creative people and explore Quadra Island. Check www.quadraislandarts.com or Quadra Tourist Information Centre for details.

SHELLFISH Beaches of Cortes Island – Mansons Landing Park, Cortes Bay, Squirrel Cove, Smelt Bay – are good places for collecting clams and oysters. Your will need a small, long handled spading fork or shovel for digging in the sand, plus shellfish licence, available on-line http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/fishreg.html – look for Tidal Waters Sportfishing License. For taste of local shellfish, without digging, come to the Oyster Festival in Gorge Marina Resort in May, or Hollyhock dinner preceded by oyster barbecue appetizer (call Hollyhock to reserve your space – oyster BBQ appetizers are included with some dinners). Do not miss Misty Isles 2018 Cortes Island Seafood Tour, Thursday, August 9, sponsored by the Cortes Island Museum. More info https://cortesmuseum.com/special-events/misty-isles/. Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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CORTES BODYWORK Many yoga and bodywork studios offer their services on our island. See ads in this book, check Calendar on Tideline, or call Hollyhock Store for services offered by Hollyhock.

CHURCH SERVICE An Anglican church service is held every second Sunday, 2:30 pm, in the Church St. Saviour by the Sea, Cortes Bay. Occasionally, there is one in the Whaletown church. Refer to the Cortes Marketer and Tideline.

RECYCLING AND GARBAGE PICKUP Cortes Recycling Centre is located at 1300 Squirrel Cove Road. Garbage pickup is on Saturday – place your bagged garbage before 9 am in an animal proof container at the beginning of your driveway, or bring it to the Centre. You can then visit our Free Store! Your recyclables (paper, glass, metal, plastic), sorted, will be picked up on the same day. To help with garbage pickup separate it into 4 categories: 1. Glass: in a container that can be taken away – all glass, including refundables. 2. Refundable Items: in a container that can be taken away – includes plastic, aluminum, alcohol, pop, juice and water, but not milk cartons (milk cartons are Mixed Recyclables). 3. Mixed Recyclables: in a container that will be emptied – clean, loose and mixed. No soft plastics, styrofoam, glass, or tissue. See http://recyclinginbc.ca/ for a complete list of acceptable items. 4. Landfill: one or two clean, securely tied bags weighing less than 10 kg each.

CYCLING Cycling is a great way to explore the islands. Traffic is light and the roads are pleasant, scenic, and mostly paved, but with no shoulders and lots of hills and curves. You will be safest and most comfortable on a bike that is in good repair and has a wide gear range. You will find also great opportunities for mountain biking and trail-riding. On Cortes Island, the Hank’s Beach trails are easy and flat, Siskin Lane trails are flat, but curvy and narrow, while experienced mountain bikers can enjoy a bit more challenging trails around Carrington Bay. Quadra also offers a wide range of trail options, from the serene Community Centre trails to challenging 400 m descents around Mt. Seymour. On Cortes Island, Dandy Horse Bikes, located in Mansons, 1051 Seaford Road, close to the Cortes Island Motel, offers repairs, e-bike and regular bikes rentals, and service. Dandy Horse Bikes will deliver and pick up bikes anywhere on Cortes Island and they offer courtesy bikes when available. Email: dandyhorse@riseup.net, call 250-857-3520, website www.dandyhorsebikes.ca. On Quadra Island, Quadra Island Cycle, located 250 m south of the Cortes Ferry on Quadra Island, offers repairs, rentals, tours and sales, specializing in electric-assist bikes. Quadra Cycle will drop off bikes at ferry terminals and resorts, and offers free loaner bikes. Email: info@quadraislandcycle.com, website www.quadraislandcycle.com.

CANOE, KAYAK, BOATING & FISHING You can safely canoe and kayak on Hague and Gunflint lakes, also in the protected waters of Manson’s Lagoon. You will need to bring your own canoe – no canoe rentals on Cortes Island. To rent a kayak – contact Misty Isles Adventures. Guided tours are offered by Misty Isles Adventures – mistyislesadventures.com, Marine Adventures – 250-935-6729, or Cortes Fishing Adventures – cortesfishingadventures.com. See ads.

WI-FI AND CELL PHONE RECEPTION There is limited/spotty cell phone reception and wireless internet access on Cortes Island. Example: you can find cell phone reception near the landing at the Whaletown Ferry Terminal, but no cell phone reception just up the hill from this landing. Other sites with cell phone reception can be found in the vicinity of Gorge Harbour Marina and “downtown” Mansons Landing, as well as in many areas near the ocean (i.e. at Manson’s Lagoon, Hank’s Beach, Smelt Bay, Squirrel Cove, Hollyhock parking lot). Wireless internet is available at Mansons Hall, the Cortes Natural Food Co-op, the Squirrel Cove General Store, and Cortes Market. Some stores may charge a small usage fee for wireless internet access. Pay phones are located in the Cortes Market in Manson’s, Squirrel Cove General Store and Hollyhock, also at government docks at Mansons, Whaletown, Squirrel Cove and Cortes Bay. Page 12

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Marnie’s Books In the heart of Manson’s beside the Co-op Café & Bakery and the Cortes Natural Foods Co-op

Come in for books, games, art & craft supplies and unique upcycled clothing!


HOURS Noon to 5PM

OPEN § Summer & December - open every day § Rest of the Year - Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Contact Phone: 250-935-0212 Email: marniesbooks@gmail.com Location: Manson’s Landing

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EATING OUT Cortes has two restaurants, a café, two take-outs... They offer mostly organic food with many items on the menu coming from Cortes produce. Great places to get something to eat & go are also weekend markets in Mansons, Squirrel Cove and Gorge Marina. See below for places to sit down and eat on Cortes, plus some other options.

MANSONS LANDING Cortes Co-op Café & Bakery (250-935-6505)

Mansons Landing, 800 Sutil Point Road, next to Co-op store, open daily, year-around. Coffee & espresso, locally baked goods, mostly organic ingredients, inside and outside sitting.

Cortes Market (250-935-6626)

Mansons Landing, 809 Sutil Point Road, open year-around. Sandwiches, local baking, outsourced calzones, samosas, sausage rolls and meat pies. Coffee & tea, organic espresso, cappuccino and latte.

Market Take-out (250-935-0075)

Mansons Landing, next to Cortes Market, seasonal. Burgers, tea, coffee, ice cream.

Hollyhock (250-935-6576)

Mansons Landing, south end, waterfront, beautiful garden, reservation required, seasonal. Vegetarian and seafood, no liquor license, but you can bring your own wine. Ask about oyster BBQ appetizer to complement your dinner (available on certain days only).

WHALETOWN The Floathouse Restaurant (250-935-6433)

Gorge Harbour Marina, Whaletown, waterfront, liquor license, seasonal, with some winter hours – call for more information, reservations recommended. Inside and outdoor sitting, and great views.

SQUIRREL COVE Squirrel Cove Take-out

Next to Squirrel Cove Store, seasonal. Affordable fast food menu with a difference: local seafood, gluten free items, burgers of all kinds, kids’ favs, and much more!

The Cove Restaurant (250-935-6350)

Close to Squirrel Cove Store, seasonal. Great views, waterfront. Reservations recommended.

QUADRA ISLAND There are several places to eat-out on Quadra. You will need to leave Cortes early, and come back late afternoon, allowing for a 45 min ferry ride each way. If you have time, it is worth doing, as ferry trip is quite enjoyable. While waiting for the Cortes ferry – take a break in Heriot Bay Inn, located close to ferry terminal. You can also leave your car on Cortes, take the Cortes – Quadra ferry and go to Heriot Bay Inn for a meal. Remember – last ferry from Quadra to Cortes is 6:15 pm.

LOCAL PRODUCTS You can get local products, such as Becca’s Coffee, Gathering Place teas, spices and dried fruit, frozen salmon, tuna, oyster and salmon cans – in the local stores in Mansons (Cortes Market, Food Co-op), Squirrel Cove Store and Gorge Marina Store. Linnaea Farm and weekend markets are good places to get fresh, island vegetables.



A family owned business located on Cortes Island, offering tea, spices and other products. The company is committed to organic farming, sustainability and social responsibility. Look for their products in local stores, online at www.gatheringplacetrading.com, at Friday Market, or call for information. Page 14

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1374 Hunt Road




Boat Moorage - Marine Gas & Diesel - Full RV Hookups - Newly Renovated Rooms - Tent Camping - Pool Full Service Grocery Store - Excellent Variety - Large Fresh Produce & Meat Section - Local Produce - Liquor Sales Licensed Dining - Wireless Internet - Laundromat - Showers - Propane - Car Gas - Kayak, Boat & Vehicle Rentals



Located on Cortes Island’s Gorge Harbour Fine dining featuring local seafood

Seasonal Menus ~ Chef’s Daily Specials

Reservations Recommended

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We offer a full line of groceries, fresh produce, meat, deli, ice, dairy - both regular and organic, when possible. Health and beauty products, hardware, office services, DVD rentals, and garden supplies. Phone cards are available.

We have a full line liquor store with cold beer and wine.

Our deli has awesome sandwiches made to order. We offer instore baking, outsourced calzones, samosas, sausage rolls and meat pies.

Our organic espresso, cappucino and lattes are made with locally roasted Becca’s Beans. We also serve regular coffee and tea. Keno and 50/50 can be played. We also have a BCLC terminal for 649, Lotto Max, BC49, plus Scratch and Win tickets.

Internet service is available with computers donated by the Cortes Island Wi-Fi Society and we have a hot spot for your own wireless connection.

Cortes Market is the publisher of the Cortes Marketer with Buy and Sell classified, editorials, events and services offered on the island. New editions come out Fridays with all the latest happenings. Pick up your copy at the Market. We are a home to the Market Take-out offering fish&chips, burgers, ice cream, hot and cold drinks, and more. Ample sitting space available. Call 250-935-0075 for more info, or to place your order. Located in uptown Mansons Landing. Delivery available on minimum orders.

SUMMER HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK 9 a.m. TO 9 p.m. 809 Sutil Point Rd. in uptown Mansons Landing (across from Community Hall)

Phone 935-6626 • Public Fax 935-6619 cmarket@twincomm.ca Page 16

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WELCOME TO SQUIRREL COVE! We have many amenities and services for you at Squirrel Cove. The General Store has everything from fresh fruit, vegetables, organic and regular meat, dairy and baking, ice-cream cones, chocolate bars, chips and pop, and ice. Our meat is grass fed and we carry many gluten-free products. We stock charts and maps, fishing gear and licenses, prawn traps and oyster knives. A full hardware store with marine supplies and batteries is on premises. Fuel available: PROPANE & GAS. A Gov’t. Liquor Store, ATM Machine and Post Office are in the store. Free wireless internet service is accessible.

Fuel is available on our dock for high tide boat gas and diesel.

We have Laundromat and Showers facilities, a high water dock for floatplane or boat tie-up, a boat ramp for launching and a beach for kayaks or canoes to launch. Overnight parking is available.

The Flying Squirrel Take-out

An affordable fast food menu with difference! Local seafood, gluten free items, burgers of all kinds, kid’s favs, and much more.

The Cove Restaurant: World Class Food, Fantastic View Reservations recommended.


Every Sunday, during July and August, there is an Outdoor Market for local craftspeople, bakers and farmers to sell their products. Please come by to visit and enjoy our most spectacular view of Desolation Sound. We are the store with the awesome view. If you need something, we probably have it; if we don’t, we’ll get it for you. Our friendly staff is always happy to make your visit to Squirrel Cove most enjoyable.

SQUIRREL COVE STORE: 250-935-6327 www.squirrelcove.com squirrelcovetrading@yahoo.com

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fresh, ethical & sourced from family farms

tea · spices · sea salt · coconut pineapple · olives · figs

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250 204 8513 www.islandfeed.com Island Feed opened in 2015. The company was founded because of a childhood dream I had in which I would live on a farm.

I wanted to raise animals, have a flower and vegetable garden and provide the community with the healthy outcomes of the farm.

Today this dream is a reality. Our garden every year yields various healthy products and we provide animal feeds from all over British Columbia, made with only the best ingredients available. We want our animals to thrive, not just survive.

Our store is located at 410, Sawmill Road, Cortes Island.

For any questions or for more information please visit www.islandfeed.com, email us at islandfeedcortes@gmail.com or call us at 250 204 8513. Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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Angel Therapy® & Tarot Australian Bush Flower Essences®

Gypsy Mama

Gluten-free Transitioning Support Crystal Healing Grids Didgeridoo Reiki

Wondering about your life purpose? Trying to decide what’s next? Feeling lost? Seeking solutions for improving your wellness on any level?


Book a a private session with Gypsy Mama, your Soul Coach.

Visit the market for a spontaneous Divine Reading with Gypsy Mama’s natural intuition and years of formal study. Every session is unique. Always guided by angels and often combining modalities. Providing you the opportunity for balancing and increasing your wellness - physically, emotionally & spiritually. Personal Healing Programs are available. Individually created to address your specific health concerns through a series of private sessions and classes.

Please wear comfortable clothing, remain scent free and give yourself time/space after sessions to integrate vibrational changes. Mobile Meetings by appointment Cortes Islands and Fairie Interludes Spontaneous Sessions @ Friday Cortes Market 250-202-8444 (text/voicemail) gypsymama89_5fm@yahoo.ca

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NURSERY HOURS Friday & Saturday 10 to 4

nursery, landscaping & design Local knowledge & supplies for beauty & bounty in all seasons. Ornamental trees & shrubs, fruit trees & berries, perennials, conifers, broad leaf evergreens, roses, climbers, and deer resistant plants. Organic soil amendments including straw, peat, manures, seasoils & fish fertilizer. Open seasonally April thru October. Laura Ellingsen 250.935.6559 Fairhaven Farm, 1188 Bartholomew Rd, Cortes Island Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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Garden-Fresh Gourmet Meals ● Massage & Healing Arts ● Cozy Accommodations Transformational Programs & Conferences ● Presenter Evenings & Performances VISIT OUR STORE Carefully selected artisan and local products, including books, clothes, jewlery, edibles and more. Book in for a rejuvenating massage or a kayaking or sailing adventure with Misty Isles!

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DAY USE PASS Ocean view hot tubs Toast & fruit bar Organic coffee & tea Morning yoga & movement Naturalist tours** Garden tours**



Relax with our signature Hollyhock Massage Savour a gourmet vegetarian lunch Overlook Desolation Sound from ocean-view hot tubs Enjoy organic coffee and tea in our lodge

Breakfast $17 Lunch $20.50 Dinner $36 Seafood dinner $39 $8 Oyster appetizer BBQ with dinner**

Book in advance to ensure your space

** As available

* Taxes additional

Hollyhock is a not-for-profit that exists to inspire, nourish, and support people making the world better

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Cortes Craft Shop Co-op Gifts and treasures created by 30+ local Cortes Island artists and artisans.

Open from mid May to mid September Opening hours: Spring weekends from 12-4 Summer every day from 10-5 Fall every day from 12-4

250.935.6635 www.cortescrafts.ca

Located next to the Squirrel Cove Store.

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THE WONDERS OF MANSON’S LAGOON by Lynne Jordan The sheltered lagoon at Manson’s Landing is a unique and amazing place. Geologically the lagoon lies in a band of granite that angles across Cortes Island. It is surrounded by steep rocky cliffs on two sides, with two granite islets in the middle of the lagoon that have fissures in the grey granite where eons ago liquid basalt oozed up, solidifying into narrow bands of black rock that clearly stand out. The basalt doesn’t wear down as fast as granite so these bands are higher than the granite in most places. The lagoon was utilized from early use by First Nations People for thousands of years, through early European settlers to the residents and tourists of today.

Lagoon at high tide. Evidence this lagoon was used for thousands of years can be seen in the large shell midden located on Manson’s spit, once called Clytosin, a Coast Salish word meaning “water on both sides.” Early natives had also built a defensive trench on the spit, as discovered by Professor Angelbeck during his archaeological dig there a few years ago. First Nations People camped at Clytosin while they harvested clams from the rich beds in the lagoon and dried them in the sun and wind for use throughout the year. The first European settlers came to Clytosin in the mid1880s, staking out land for themselves and their families through government offered pre-emptions for agricultural purposes. Mike Manson built a cabin and trading post to trade with First Photo Christian Gronau Nations People, loggers and fishermen. Clytosin

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families settled all around Manson’s Lagoon in the 1890s. They were joined by more relatives, including the Hagues, after whom the nearby lake is named. In the first half of the 1900s, Manson’s Lagoon was a bustling place with a busy dock, post office, cafe, store, farmer’s institute, lodge with cabins, and fuel supplies for planes, cars and boats. The Union Steamships visited regularly bringing supplies and people in, and taking local farm and cannery products to Vancouver markets. In the back of the lagoon, Granny Lydia Hague and her daughters had a clam cannery supplying canned clams to the Hudson’s Bay Co. The Hawkins family living at the lagoon entrance in the old Heay house, shipped hundreds of dozens of eggs to hotels in Vancouver. By the 1950s there were three log mills operating around the lagoon with 50 people living in float houses, some pulled up on the shores around the lagoon. As large logging companies dominated the wood industry, the small family loggers were not able to compete and their small mills closed. Many of their float homes were then pulled up permanently onto shore. Some from the lagoon were towed by cats up and over the hill to Hague Lake where they were floated across and pulled up onto land to become some of the homes you now see around the lake.With the mills and most of their remnants gone, the lagoon reverted back to nature. In 1974 Mike Manson’s original Lot 64 became a

Mansons dock at low tide. BC Provincial Recreation Reserve. In the early 2000s, a clam biologist from the Nanaimo Biological Station kayaked into the lagoon at a half tide. He mentioned he had done research work on clams all along the BC coast but had never been into Manson’s Lagoon. Just looking down into the lagoon’s clear waters from his kayak he was absolutely amazed at the diversity and quantity of marine life to be seen in one place. At low tide, it is impossible to walk anywhere in the lagoon without stepping on marine life. Your steps create free meals for seagulls, crows and a myriad of small crabs and other marine organisms. All habitats in the lagoon are utilized fully by marine organisms – sandspit, main channel, deep hole, sand/mud/gravel tideflats, shallow tidepools, rocky islets and rock cliffs. Sea cucumber. Areas of the beach that never go dry are black with millions of sand dollars that stand on edge to feed on plankton in the water and then lie flat as tidewaters recede. Lewis’ moon snails can be spotted on very low tides, especially at the lagoon entrance. Their numerous egg cases formed by the snail with sand resemble curved sanding discs. Each one holds thousands of eggs “sandwiched” in sand. Crabs of all sizes are everywhere, though only the red rock crab inhabiting deeper parts reaches edible size. Mudflat snails are extremely abundant and often utilized by hermit crabs, as are whelk shells. Limpets, chitons, sea cucumbers, mussels, sea urchins and seaweeds of all colours can be found. Kelp crabs blend in with the seaweeds, their brown carapace shell the shape of ancient war shields. Clams, from small littlenecks to large horse clams (a gaper clam related to geoducks), are so prolific you can dig them with your hands, getting your legal limit in minutes. Oysters are lying around on the gravel for you to pick the sizes of your choice. In places, you can stand without moving your feet and collect your legal limit! Since recent years sea stars have been devastated by a virus on the Pacific coast and many Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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purple pisaster and leather stars in the lagoon turned white and succumbed. They are both presently making a comeback with many baby stars to spot. All those little holes you see on the sand flats are made by either clams or small beach shrimp. The shrimp holes usually have a “volcano” of clean gray sand pushed up from below. Sand on top of the flats is brownish from algae growing on it. Mud snails and other small creatures graze on these “meadows” of algae. Many animals use the lagoon, birds in particular, for shelter from winds and to fish. Low tides bring deer out to browse on the islets and eelgrass, and raccoons at night looking for whatever they can find to eat. Gulls of all kinds, eagles, crows, ravens and oystercatchers all feast on clams, crabs, moon snails, sea stars and other marine life. Some years harbour seals bear their young in the sheltered lagoon, with mothers leaving youngsters alone while they leave to feed outside until the next tide allows them back in. When one dies and washes ashore there’s a feast for turkey vultures and many others. Wolves are frequently seen patrolling Sea weed. along the lagoon shore and often heard howling in the park forest, where their musical tones echo in the lagoon. In fall chum salmon are seen “finning” in the lagoon before spawning below the falls in the mouth of the creek from Hague Lake. This attracts lots of eagles and gulls for a salmon feast. For some years there were two active families of river otters living in the lagoon but, as more tourists “discovered” the lagoon and it became busier and noisier with visitors, first one, then the second, otter family moved out from their rocky lairs. (I have a photograph taken in 2004 of 22 river otters playing on our lagoon dock!) Biologists Fred and Ruth Zwickel who live on the old Hague Ranch property in the lagoon, began an inventory in 1987 recording the fauna and flora associated with Manson’s Lagoon. Continually being revised, the list contains species identified in major groups of organisms that include: Protozoa; 122 Invertebrates (molluscs, crustaceans, echinoderms, worms, anemones, jellys and others); 180 Vertebrates (fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals); 25 Marine Plants (algae and grasses); and 246 Terrestrial Plants. The Cortes Island Museum has a copy in its library. Every time you visit Manson’s Lagoon you can find something new you hadn’t noticed before. Every year winter storms are slowly pushing the spit at the entrance further into the lagoon. The gravel inside the lagoon shifts after storms, forming different drainage channels for the tides. The main channel alters itself somewhat each year. Kids like to use a floatie to ride the tide as it flows in or out of the lagoon – then climb back over the spit to do it again, and again. Pisaster starfish. Lynne Jordan is the President of the Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society and worked for many years at the Vancouver Aquarium. She loves to tour visitors in the lagoon, introducing them to its amazing history and its fascinating marine wildlife. To book a Lagoon Tour on a low tide, Lynne can be contacted through the Cortes Island Museum at cimas@twincomm.ca or 250-935-6340. Page 30

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We often find sand dollars on our beaches, and their beautiful skeletons make a great souvenir, but it’s illegal to collect them when they are alive. Live sand dollars play an important role in our local ecosystem by controlling populations of smaller invertebrates and serving as food for some larger organisms. Before you go beachcombing, be sure you can tell the difference between the skeleton and the living creature by keeping these three tips in mind! 1) Live sand dollars are members of the Phylum Echinodermata, meaning “spiny skin”. As the name implies, they have tiny spines all over their bodies that resemble hair. These spines help the animal move along the ocean floor and bury itself in the sand. Hold the sand dollar gently in the palm of your hand and observe the spines. If they are moving, it is still alive. The animals lose these spines soon after they die. 2) Another way to determine if the animal is alive is by observing its color. Sand dollars can vary from a deep brown to a purplish-red color when alive. After the animal dies, the sun causes its color to fade, and the skeleton eventually turns silverywhite. People thought the skeletal remains (called the test) resembled silver coin currency, which is how the name “sand dollar” came about. Live sand dollar.

Mansons Lagoon and live sand dollars. If you are lucky enough to find a dead sand dollar, you can take it home to display proudly among your beach treasures. Dead sand dollars, brown, yellow, bleached by the sun, are fine to take home and enjoy. Be careful when transporting them, they are fragile! In living individuals, the sand dollar is covered by a skin of velvet-textured spines equipped with very small hairs (cilia). Coordinated movements of these spines enable sand dollars to move across the seabed.

3) Live sand dollars produce a harmless substance called echinochrome, which will turn your skin yellow. Place a sand dollar on your open palm and leave it there for a minute. If it leaves a yellowish stain, the animal is alive. Sand dollars can’t survive out of the water for more than a few minutes. If you find a live one, return it to its home by placing it gently on the sea floor, Dead sand dollars in Mansons Lagoon. so it can continue to play its important role in our Photo: Fred Zwickel ecosystem. Photographs: Christian Gronau with! Thank you for helping us care for the creatures we share our island with! Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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Friends of Cortes Island Society (FOCI) is a charitable organization that has operated on Cortes for over 25 years. We promote awareness and support for the environment by undertaking stewardship activities and providing educational programs.

OUR WORK Marine Stewardship – Sub-tidal surveys, foreshore monitoring, habitat restoration Love the Lakes – water quality monitoring of Hague and Gunflint Lakes, community education Streams and Salmon – monitoring salmon populations and stream restoration Environmental Education Activities – walks, talks, tours and workshops Cortes Island School Garden – environmental education activities and garden program Parks and Trails – we look after Kw’as, Carrington, Siskin and 5 beach access trails Species at Risk – citizen science projects

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Summer Events Program 2018 Join our exciting summer events program. There’s something for everyone from Gumbooting the Lagoon and exploring local parks, to nature writing and landscape photography. Booking required - events will be posted on the FOCI website, Facebook page and Tideline.

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Hague and Gunflint lakes are one of the highlights of many people’s visits to Cortes –

whether it is swimming in their tranquil waters, taking a hike around the lakeshore, or just sitting and enjoying their natural beauty. In the spring 2014 the lakes suffered a series of significant algae blooms, further smaller blooms occurred in 2015 and 2016. Algae blooms can be harmful to lakes because they deplete oxygen. Repeated blooms can cause a lake to become low in oxygen, swampy and unhealthy for humans and wildlife.

Friends of Cortes Island Society’s (FOCI) Love the Lakes Stewardship project aims to protect and enhance the lakes by gaining a better understanding of what is happening; taking practical action; and raising awareness in the community. It includes a long-term water quality-monitoring program led by community volunteers.

What you can do to help Algae blooms are caused by too many nutrients entering the lakes. Our actions around the lakes can greatly affect water quality. To ensure they stay healthy for the future we need everyone to love the lakes and do their bit to help. Here are our top tips. •

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Check your septic – septic systems that are not properly maintained can cause wastewater to seep into the lakes. We recommend that you check your system annually, maintain it regularly and upgrade as necessary. To have your tank pumped, contact: All Clear Septic Services at 250 285-3561 Go phosphate free – please use only phosphate free soaps and detergents, they are readily available at the island’s stores Garden with care – avoid inorganic fertilizers, which typically contain nitrates, and ensure organic manures are well composted before using on your garden Preserve the shore – it is a vital wildlife habitat, and helps filter unwanted nutrients. Please don’t cut it back. Plant a buffer of native vegetation or leave a strip to go wild. Go easy on the water – reduce your water flow by using low-flow showerheads, faucets and toilets; limit flushing; use washing machines and dishwashers sparingly. Volunteer – join our lake volunteers to take part in our monitoring program Make a donation – your contribution will help cover the costs of lab analysis, community education and practical action. Donate online at www.friendsofcortes.org or mail cheques to Box 278, Mansons Landing BC V0P 1K0

Love the Lakes activities: Watch for our Love the Lakes summer workshops and activities. Join us to learn about the lakes and what you can do help. Activities will be advertised on Tideline and the FOCI website - www.friendsofcortes.org Algal blooms and you: Some algal blooms can be toxic and all blooms should be treated with caution. We do not recommend you wade or swim in water containing visible blooms or allow your pets to access affected water. Most blooms are short-lived, and an affected area will likely be safe again in a number of days or a week or two. Please photograph and report any algae blooms to FOCI at: friendsofcortes@gmail.com or 250 935-0087.

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Registered Massage Registered Reflexology Registered Holistic Nutrition ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lisa offers effective therapeutic massage therapy sessions specializing in: myofascial release trigger point therapy rehab for injury-related soft tissue dysfunction harmonizing Chi with reiki/qigong In practice since 2001

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BOOK NOW! ONLINE: www.ritesofspirit.com OR EMAIL: lisa@ritesofspirit.com

Holistic Health Arts & Comprehensive Body Care by

Jocelan Coty Marvelous Massage • Cranial/Sacral Lymphatic Drainage • Muscle Energy Positional Release • Essential Oils Raindrop Therapy • Reiki • Ozone Steam

cell: 250.203.2643 email: jocelancoty@hotmail.com BODY CARE: A lifetime interest in Holistic Health prompted Jocelan to pursue deep training in several body disciplines, including Yoga, Reiki, Esalen massage, British Sports Therapy, Cranial/ Sacral Therapy, Osteopathic and Lymphatic studies as well as the Science and Application of Essential Oils. All of these practices and more, make up the comprehensive skill set that characterizes her unique approach to compassionate bodywork. Cortes Island Information Book 2018

CARD READINGS: Life is full of interesting challenges and opportunities. If you would like to have a deeper understanding of your life path, karmic patterns, significant relationships and the important influences on your year, talk to Jocelan about an indepth card reading. Page 35

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Trained esthetician offering wax treatments on Cortes. upper lip .......... 14 eyebrows ......... 14 half leg ........... 29 full leg ............ 44

underarms ....... 21 classic bikini ... 24 brazillian ........ 36 full shebang .... 47

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(250) 935-6756


Sea Kayaking Guided Day Trips

Bioluminescence Paddles

Join our naturalist guides as we explore the natural and human history of Cortes Island and the surrounding waters. From sunset paddles to gliding over reefs while the curious seals follow, these trips are a great way to get the feel for kayaking while having a guide there to help you along. Cost; 3 hours- $80, 4 hours- $85, 5 hours- $105

During the warm months of summer, the plankton which produces bioluminescence proliferates and the fairy dust sparkling that it creates swirls away from our paddles as we kayak under the stars. It makes for a magical evening! Cost; $80 per person, 3 hours

Misty Isles Half Day Voyages Mitlenatch Island or Desolation Sound

Taxes not included in prices. Sea kayak rentals and group charter rates for Misty Isles are also available.

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Our schooner ‘Misty Isles’ offers a relaxed and leisurely way to see the area. Sit on the large open decks or help hoist the sails if the wind is right as we voyage to Mitlenatch Island, a large seabird rookery and a wildflower paradise where seals and sealions await. Alternatively, explore Desolation Sound, an area famous for it’s scenic beauty, where snow capped mountains soar up from the sea. All trips depart from Cortes Island. Cost; $105 per person, 5 hours

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Sea Kayak Rentals

Guided Trips

3 Hour Guided Trip; $80 per person 4 Hour Guided Trip; $85 per person 5 Hour Guided Trip; $105 pr person

The waters around Cortes Island are beautiful to explore by kayak and kayaks are available for rent. However for your own safety, we require that all renters have taken at least an introductory sea kayaking class through Misty Isles Adventures or another sea kayaking company. In addition, at least one member of a kayaking group must have the ability to perform rescues. If you wish to paddle by yourself, you must be able to do a self rescue. Misty Isles Adventures would be happy to arrange the requisite instruction for you or alternatively, we invite you to join us on one of our guided paddles, an excellent way to experience being on the water in a kayak but with the instruction and safety provided by a guide.

Rental Rates

Sea Kayaks

PLASTIC (Single)


PLASTIC (Double)












2-4 DAYS

$35/ day

$42/ day

$53/ day

$68/ day


$30/ day

$35/ day

$45/ day

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With a minimum $40 kayak rental, kayak delivery is free of charge to Mansons Lagoon, Smelt Bay, Hollyhock and Cortes Bay. There is a $30 pick up or drop off charge to the Gorge, Squirrel Cove and Whaletown areas.

For more information on kayak rentals or to book a kayak, phone 935-6756 or ask any of our guides. Our schedule fills up quickly so give us as much advance notice as you can.


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MISTY ISLES ADVENTURES 2018 SAIL AND KAYAK SCHEDULE www.MistyIslesAdventures.com The waters that surround Cortes Island are in an area of incredible beauty. Throughout the summer, we have scheduled guided kayaking day trips and sails onboard the schooner Misty Isles. These trips are open to everyone and no experience is required. Guided Afternoon Kayak Paddle – Learn about the joy of paddling a sea kayak with the safety provided by our naturalist guides. Paddling with the seals and eagles, we will also learn about the natural and human history of the area. Conditions permitting, we hope to see the First Nations pictographs at the mouth of the Gorge Marina or explore the extensive reefs south of Smelt Bay. Cost: $85. Meet on the Hollyhock Garden Deck at 1:30 p.m. and return by 5:30 p.m. Manson’s Lagoon Sunset Paddle – Join our naturalist guides as we paddle from the lagoon into the golden light of the setting sun. Come float with the seals while the eagles watch from above. This is a nice peaceful way to be out on the water under the care of a kayak guide. Cost: $80. Meet on the Garden Deck at 7:30 p.m., return back to Hollyhock at about 10:30 p.m. Bioluminescence Paddle at Manson's Lagoon – With our guides, we will paddle from the lagoon off into the sunset, then explore the night sky and play in a marvel of nature–bioluminescence. What is Bioluminescence? It is the light given off by some of the tiny plankton when you agitate the water with your hand or paddle. Imagine Fairy Dust swirling from your finger tips … Cost: $80. Meet on the Hollyhock Garden Deck at 7:30 or 8 p.m. and be back around 10:30 or 11 p.m. Misty Isles Cruise to Mitlenatch Island – Join us onboard our 43 foot schooner as we voyage to explore Mitlenatch island, the largest seabird nesting rookery in the Strait of Georgia and a wild flower paradise. Cost: $105. Meet on the Hollyhock Garden Deck at 1:30 p.m., return about 6:30 p.m.. Misty Isles Cruise to Desolation Sound – With mountains towering overhead and picturesque islands and channels below, the spectacular scenery and warm summer ocean temperatures (very swimable) make Desolation Sound the premier cruising ground for yachts in the Pacific Northwest. Cost: $105. Meet on the Hollyhock Garden Deck at 1:30 p.m., returning at about 6:30 p.m. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER CALL THE HOLLYHOCK STORE (250) 935-6576 OR MISTY ISLES ADVENTURES (250) 935-6756, www.MistyIslesAdventures.com AFTERNOON PADDLES Wed May 16 Mon June 4 Fri June 8 Wed June 13 Sat June 16 Wed June 27 Mon June 25 Fri July 2 Wed July 6 Sun July 11

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SUNSET PADDLES Thu May 10 Mon May 14 Sat May 19 Thu May 24 Mon May 28 Sat June 2 Thu June 7 Mon June 11 Sat June 16 Mon June 25

BIOLUM PADDLES Mon July 23 Sat July 28 Thu Aug 2 Mon Aug 6 Sat Aug 11 Thu Aug 16 Tue Aug 21 Sat Aug 25 Thu Aug 30 Mon Sep 3

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AFTERNOON PADDLES Fri July 20 Wed July 25 Mon July 30 Fri Aug 3 Wed Aug 8 Mon Aug 13 Sat Aug 18 Wed Aug 22 Tue Aug 28 Fri Aug 31 Wed Sep 5 Mon Sep 10

SUNSET PADDLES Sat June 30 Thu July 5 Mon July 9 Sat July 3 Thu July 19

BIOLUM PADDLES Sat Sep 8 Thu Sep 13



AFTERNOON PADDLES Fri Sep 14 Wed Sep 26 Mon Oct 1 Wed Oct 10

ADDITIONAL SPECIAL EVENTS! The Cortes Island Museum and Misty Isles Adventures team up to offer these spectacular natural and human history tours!!

Ø May 20 , Sails and Whales! In 1868, the Dawson Whaling Company with the schooner Kate worked out of th


Whaletown hunting for humpback whales. Come with us as we set sail on the Misty Isles with much more peaceful intentions. We aim to go where the wind blows us (or to motor if it’s calm) along the west side of Cortes, which was the hotspot for humpbacks last season. A cool thing to do after Seafest on the long weekend! $130 Tax included <NEW THIS YEAR> June 9 , The flowers are in bloom as the sea-lions growl on Mitlenatch! Mating gulls and nesting cormorantsthis island is a happening place! $130 Tax included. June 17 , Departing from Cortes Bay, Misty Isles will cruise through Desolation Sound enroute to Dinner at the Laughing Oyster Restaurant. Bring Dad along for Father's Day, one of the longest days of the year! Cost is $95 Tax included for transport only. Guests pay for their own meal at the restaurant. July 13 , Low Tide Exploration of the Hernando Reef. One of the lowest tides of the summer will make this extensive reef a garden of colourful algae and creatures. Bring your gumboots and come explore with our guest marine biologist! $130 Tax included. July 19 , Teakerne Arm and the Cassel Lake Waterfall. Captain Vancouver called it desolate but what a beautiful spot! A popular spot with yachters, we’ll check out the famous waterfall and Cassel Lake – bring a swimsuit. $130 Tax included. July 31 , The tides are right this day for Misty Isles to navigate the famous tidal rapids of Surge Narrows and The Hole In The Wall as we circumnavigate Maurelle Island. With its narrow channels and backdrop of mountains, this is a beautiful area to explore. $130 Tax included. August 4 , Desolation Sound. Come and see what makes this area the premier cruising ground for yachters in the whole Pacific Northwest. Set against a backdrop of soaring mountains and warm waters, Captain Mike tells stories of the First Nations people, explorers and pioneers. $130 Tax included. August 9 , Cortes Island Seafood Tour. We’ll visit clam and oyster beaches with genuine shellfish farmer, learn about raft culture of oysters and mussels and finish the day with an appetizer oyster BBQ at the Hollyhock Retreat Centre! $145 includes the Tax and the oyster BBQ. <NEW THIS YEAR> August 17 , Desolation Sound. Come and see what makes this area the premier cruising ground for yachters in the whole Pacific Northwest. Set against a backdrop of soaring mountains and warm waters, Captain Mike tells stories of the First Nations people, explorers and pioneers. $130 Tax included. September 2 & 3, Departing Whaletown Misty Isles will head north to catch the ebb tide through Beazley Pass and the Okisollo Rapids into Johnstone Strait. Passing Chatham Point, we'll head into Mayne Passage between the Thurlow Islands to our overnight destination at Blind Channel Resort. In this remote and beautiful location, the Cedar Post Restaurant is well known in the yachting community for it's fine dining experience. We will sleep ashore in the comfortable cabins at the resort. The next day, Misty Isles will ride the morning flood tide through the Dent and Arran Rapids and return to Whaletown. The tidal rapid areas are frequented by dolphin, porpoise and whales and we will keep our eyes open! $365/$410 tax included covers all meals and accommodations except for supper at the Cedar Post Restaurant. <OVERNIGHT> th








Prices include tax. Call the Museum at (250) 936-6340 or email at cimas@twincomm.ca to register.

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Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society 957 Beasley Road Box 422, Mansons Landing BC V0P 1K0 One block up the hill from Manson’s Landing Hall. Summer hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winter hours: Friday & Saturday, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Admission by donation. Wheel chair accessible. The Museum building is history itself. It served as the local store next to Manson’s Landing dock from 1940 until 1995 after the lagoon area became a provincial park. The old store building was fitted with wheels, pulled up the hill and installed on Firehall No. 1 property. Exhibits showcase the natural and social histories of First Nations and Europeans on Cortes Island and surrounding areas. The Von Donop Shed exhibit in the garden, next to a “cookie” slice from an old growth Big Tree, stores a variety of logging equipment used in earlier days on Cortes. New feature exhibits are installed each year. A permanent display of the Cortes Island is being added to and growing every year. New in 2018, is Wild Cortes, the exciting Museum satelite exhibit about all aspects of Cortes Island’s natural history, located at Linnaea Farm Education Centre. The exhibit displays animals, birds, plants, minerals and more. For open hours check at the Cortes Island Museum. The Museum Shop sells books, art cards, CDs, and some local art and handcrafts. In addition, the Museum’s Reading Area has many albums of old photographs and stories from early settlers. Come in, relax, and browse. The Museum sponsors Special Events such as Walks & Talks and The Creative Spaces – Gardens, Studios, Workshops & Tiny Houses tour in mid-June (June 16th in 2018), advertised on local bulletin boards, in the weekly Cortes Marketer, and on the Museum’s website.

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Want to know where to find the best beaches or hiking trails? Where you can camp or stay? The Cortes Island Museum hosts the Tourist/Visitor Information Booth with maps, brochures and magazines (available always on the covered porch) The Museum’s Heritage Garden preserves pioneer plants. Heritage roses transplanted from old homesteads bloom with other plants such as wisteria and old-time apple trees. “Sit down and rest awhile” on benches or enjoy your lunch at a picnic table. Come, sail with us on historic cruises. The Cortes Museum offers exciting cruises in Desolation Sound waters aboard the charter vessel Misty Isles. From May to September this 43-foot motor schooner sets out on different one or two-day trips into the stunningly beautiful waters surrounding Cortes Island. Skipper and naturalist Mike Moore offers fascinating background stories, First Nations legends, and tales of early European exploration. For details on these summer trips see local bulletin boards and publications, phone or visit Cortes Museum for details and registration, or check www.cortesmuseum.ca.

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Childhood memories are some of the best. As a young boy I spent my summers on Cortes. It was before the days of ferries and power. We stayed in our little shack on the beach and when the evening darkness came I would ask my father to tell me stories of the olden days. My father Nicol was born in 1906, the youngest son of pioneer John Manson, a teacher by profession and perhaps that accounted for his wonderful storytelling of pioneer life. I can’t claim to recall much of the story told that night but mostly remember the look on my father’s face as he spoke of the hard working Nakatsui, the Japanese horse logger who had homesteaded down the beach from us. I knew that look well. It was one of respect. The same look I saw when my father talked of his own father’s exploits. As long as I can remember it was called the Jap Ranch. To me it seemed a term of endearment, especially coming from the mouth of my father. Today it is frowned upon to refer to Nakatsui’s ranch by its old name. The name was not derogatory in its day, no more so that referring to a British person as a Brit. However all that changed in 1941 with the outbreak of war in the Pacific. Henceforth the term would become offensive, an enigma for me and my memory of the abandoned farm with the intriguing name. I never knew Nakatsui, I was born four years after he died. When I started this story I didn’t know if Nakatsui was his first or last name, just a vague memory of my father talking about Nakatsui. Yaichi Nakatsui was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, in 1881. At the age of 19 he came to Canada, settling on Cortes Island where he went to work with a group of Japanese horse loggers. Yamaguchi Prefecture was known for its agriculture and it is no surprise that Nakatsui kept an eye out for land to farm. We don’t know where Nakatsui lived upon his arrival on Cortes in 1900, but he listed Mansons Landing as his place of residence. In 1912, Yaichi Nakatsui married Sayo Kawamoto, age 22. A year later their son Kazuo was born. Bruce Ellingsen recalls his mother May saying she went to school with Kazuo here on Cortes. On March 19, 1924, at the age of 10, SS President Jefferson Kazuo passed away from tuberculosis. In 1925, Nakatsui purchased the site that would become known as the Jap Ranch, 111 acres for $2000 from Michael Conlin . Conlin wasn’t the first to homestead here. Jacob Grauer had pre-empted the land in 1891 and purchased the land the following year for a dollar an acre. Grauer sold to Conlin in 1913 for $1500 . It is possible Nakatsui may have rented here prior to buying. Within four years of buying the farm Sayo would be dead. Nakatsui would remarry. On January 30th 1932, he departed from Yokohama aboard the SS President Jefferson with his wife Toyoko, arriving in Victoria eleven days later. Before long they were back on Cortes farming. Fate was not kind to Nakatsui and Toyoko. Within ten years there would be another loss, this time their land and all they owned. With the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour, the Canadian government initiated action to remove Japanese Canadians living within 100 miles of the British Columbia coastline. At first it looked like the Nakatsui’s might be spared, Order-In-Council P.C. 365 issued on January 16, 1942, called for the removal of all male Japanese nationals between the ages of 18 to 45. Nakatsui was 61. But three weeks later US President Roosevelt signed an order calling for the removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry from the American coastline. On February 24 Canada followed up with Order-In-Council P.C. 1486 that called for the removal of all persons of Japanese origin. Nakatsui and Toyoko were sent to the Interior and were part of more than 21,000 people removed from the coast without charge or trial. Ten years later Nakatsui would be dead, having taken his own life while confined to the Provincial Mental Hospital at Essondale. Officially diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia, perhaps brought on by too many painful losses that he could not recover from, he was now at rest. Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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Toyoko would live for many years, dying in 2003 at the age of 96. In between the hard-luck episodes of Nakatsui’s life there are some good stories of his character and happier times. Andy Ellingsen recalls his grandfather George Freeman speaking in glowing terms of the hard working Nakatsui and his horse logging. And May Ellingsen recorded the following account “Nakatsui once showed Nick Manson a great row of sake bottles saying ‘seven men – two days’. Nakatsui gave up his drinking when he started his farm in 1925.”[14] And then an enigma, from May’s writings, “All Japanese loggers were (maybe unthinkingly) very hard on their animals, especially horses which they would load heavily, whip liberally and pay no heed to lameness or ailments. Nakatsui was reported and arrested then taken to Powell River jail on account of his horse having raw shoulders when he hauled heavy loads without a proper collar. He was arrested more than once for animal cruelty and taken to jail.”[15] Nakatsui had a sense of humour. Again from May’s notes, “At one time he decided to try hanging lanterns in his orchard to discourage raccoons. He had no success and told John Manson that ‘those gawdam coons just got more light to feed by!’ And Nakatsui once told Mrs. Petznick that he had no relatives, only ‘two tomato cans in church’ – a reference to ashes of relatives in a canister in a Japanese church.”[16] The house and barn[10].

Nakatsui helped build the St. James Church at Mansons Landing. From the plaque displayed at the Cortes Museum we know it was 1927 when St. James Church, Mansons Landing. Mr. Nakatsui cleared the land that Mr. Froud had donated for the site. Ten years later, to commemorate the coronation of King George VI of Great Britain, an English Oak was planted on the church grounds and Nakatsui donated a Canadian Maple and suggested that it would be appropriate for the two to be planted side by side, both trees of which are still standing today. June Cameron, author of Destination Cortez, writes of her visit as a child to Nakatsui’s farm after Yaichi and Toyoko were gone and tells of how impressed she was with the neatness and beauty of the surroundings. She recalls the well-pruned fruit trees and a lovely grape arbour. And the outhouse, a communal affair where people could sit side by side, a concept that she was not aware existed in the world. In the months before December 7, 1941, all Japanese Canadian males were ordered to register with the RCMP. It is ironic that the only existing picture of Yaichi Nakatsui might be the photo on the Police Registration card. Historians call the internment of the Japanese Canadians a dark hour in Canada’s history. The series of Orderin-Councils passed under the War Measures Act leaves no doubt. On June 29, 1942, Order-in-Council P.C. 5523, authorizes the Director of Soldier Settlement to purchase or lease farms owned by Japanese Canadians. He subsequently buys 572 farms without consulting the owners. On January 23, 1943, Order-in-Council P.C. 469, grants the Custodian of Enemy Alien Property the right to dispose of Japanese Canadian properties in his care without the owner’s consent. The proceeds were used to pay auctioneers and realtors, and to cover storage and handling fees. The remainder paid for the small allowances given to those in internment camps. Unlike prisoners of war of Page 44

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enemy nations who were protected by the Geneva Convention, Japanese Canadians were forced to pay for their own internment[18]. On November 28, 1944, the Honourable the Secretary of State of Canada acting in his capacity as Custodian under the Revised Regulations Respecting Trading With the Enemy (1943), finalizes a transfer and sale of Nakatsui’s farm to three brothers (McIntyre), one of whom lists his occupation as Naval Service[19]. The land sold to the McIntyre’s for $1,200. Nakatsui paid $2,000 nineteen years earlier. As part of the Soldier Settlement plan and the Veterans Land Act (1942), it would appear that the sale was to provide a farm for one of Canada’s war veterans. It is another irony, sell one immigrant’s land to provide land for another immigrant. I am saddened by my findings as I tried to unravel the mystery of the man called Nakatsui. I realize I am the same age as Nakatsui was when he and Toyoko were forced to leave their Cortes home in 1942. It feels as though I have a bond with him. We have both felt the warmth of the returning spring sun and the sting of the southeast-driven rain. We have heard the songbirds sing, the north westerlies blow in the treetops and have heard the crash of the waves upon the beach. We have looked at the mountains of Desolation Sound and Vancouver Island and the low lying islands of Long Tom and Mitlenatch. We have smelled the manure in our barns and the sweet scent of garden flowers. We have squinted into the sunshine of the low lying winter sun and covered our heads from the August sun. We have walked the same beaches and swum on the same tides. I can think of much we have in common but unlike Nakatsui my heart has been spared the ache. It is difficult to judge the decisions of the government of the day. There may have been a better way to deal with the concern over the Japanese Canadians living on the BC Coast. Today Nakasui’s farm is being well cared for. It has been divided into three properties which are known locally as the Loon Ranch, Treedom and the Saltwater Farm. Acknowledgements

– Judi Pidcock for her help with research at Ancestry.com – Jeff Beddoes, BCLS , CLS, Senior Deputy Surveyor General, Land Title and Survey – Authority of BC, and his staff for their invaluable assistance in tracing the land dealings. – Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society (CIMAS)


[1] BC Archives – Marriage Certificate, Reg. No. 1912-09-023697 [2] Ancestry.com – Passenger List [3] BC Archives – Marriage Certificate, Reg. No. 1912-09-023697 [4] BC Archives – Death Certificate, Reg. No. 1924-09-338176 [5] LTSA (Land Title and Survey Authority) – conveyance 9664N [6] LTSA – Crown Grant 2072/67 [7] LTSA – conveyance 10513-I [8] BC Archives – Death Certificate, Reg. No. 1929-09-418758 [9] Ancestry.com – Passenger List [10] CIMAS – photo in Campbell River Museum, Mabel Christensen collection [11] Order-in-Council P.C. 365 [12] japanesecanadianhistory.net [13] BC Archives Death Certificate, Reg. No. 1952-09-011418 [14] CIMAS – records from May Ellingsen [15] CIMAS – records from May Ellingsen [16] CIMAS – records from May Ellingsen [17] Destination Cortez, June Cameron, pages 199, 200 One of many giant stumps, a witness from [18] japanesecanadianhistory.net the days of Nakatsui’s horse logging. [19] LTSA – conveyance 148084-I (note – some of the references above refer to the online blog, www.cortesmuseum.com/blog)

Mike Manson (third-generation of Cortes Island Manson family) owns and operates Sunny Brae Farm with his wife Donna.The

first orchard was planted in 1908. Today, many of these trees still survive and are in full production. The farm has been in production for 106 of the past 125 years. Mike said it was his father’s vision that was the key to the farm’s success going forward. You can find more details about Nakatsui and more historical articles about Cortes Island on the Cortes Island Museum blog pages, www.cortesmuseum.ca/blog, where Mike Manson is a frequent contributor.

May Ellingsen is one of the founders of the Cortes Island Museum established in 1996. Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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Hot Yoga . . . . in Whaletown

Hot Yoga is the safest and fastest way to change your body increasing flexibility, strength and balance.

The yoga studio is heated with high humidity to warm your

body and increase circulation. This allows for deep stretching, injury prevention and reduces stress and tension.

The practice is self paced, beginners are welcome.

We practice every day, - please call ahead to reserve your space.

Admission is by donation.

Namaste. Where: 1416 Robertson Road Times: Daily RSV: 935-6728 By Donation For classes, days and hours, check the calendar on Tideline, our community website, www.cortesisland.com/tideline/. Please bring your mat, a towel and water to drink. Page 46

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LEARNING TO LIVE WITH WOLVES ON CORTES ISLAND There are wolves on Cortes. We need to keep our wolves WILD. Here is what you can do! 1. Never feed wolves. It is illegal and irresponsible to feed wolves as it endangers you, your fellow community members and the wolves. 2. Do not feed deer or raccoons. They are prey species of wolves. Food conditioned deer and raccoons WILL attract wolves to your doorstep and your neighbours. 3. Keep yourself safe. HAZE wolves, wave your arms to make yourself look bigger, shout loudly and use noisemakers. Let the wolves know, in no uncertain terms, that they need to respect you and you will not tolerate their presence in this place. Use your most aggressive body language; take on the alpha role. 4. Keep your pets safe. Dogs must be leashed when walked; unleashed dogs are seen as prey by wolves. Do not leave pet food outside. • Ensure all pets are secured overnight • Keep outside pet feeding areas clean • Do not take your dog when walking in natural areas frequented by wolves: Carrington Bay, Von Donop Inlet, Hank’s Beach, Marina Island, etc. 5. Practice good animal husbandry. All livestock must be secured by sturdy fence. As a community, work together and CONSISTENTLY follow these guidelines! Report routine wolf sightings to the FOCI office at 250-935-0087. Report wolf encounters of concern to the Conservation Officer at 1-877-952-7277.


Twincomm is a locally-based internet service provider (ISP), serving Cortes Island for over 15 years, with close to 400 Cortes customers in the communities of Mansons Landing, Squirrel Cove, Whaletown, and Klahoose First Nation. Internet Services are delivered by a broad-band wireless network from internet connections in Campbell River, Lund and Mansons Landing. Twincomm’s over 700 customers range from Cortes Island, west to Quadra Island, east to Lund, and as far south as Texada Island. We continue to strive to offer a competitive internet experience, while delivering exceptional customer service to our customers. /by Twincomm/ Page 48

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High Speed Internet on Cortes Island

Other Services: • Home or Business Network Installations • Web Cam Hosting/Installations • WIFI Access @ Refuge Cove

For more information:

www.twincomm.ca 1-866-446-6004 Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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Outdoor pool Hot tub Kitchenettes Pet-friendly rooms Weekly rates Open all year!

New! Visit our gift shop and art gallery! Featuring Island Art & Crafts

Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island, BC Book online at www.whiskeypoint.com or call... PHONE 1-250-285-2201 TOLL FREE 1-800-622-5311 EMAIL resort@whiskeypoint.com Cortes Island Information Book 2018

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Cortes Island, BC ...a quiet, comfortable getaway for couples


or small families

Buddy and Eva Parker 1078 Seaford Road Cortes Island BC


Phone / Fax: 250-935-6363 rbparker@xplornet.ca www.cortesislandmotel.com


Cortes Island Boathouse

Sowelu South Point


Wilcox Beachfront Lodge on Gorge Harbour

250-935-6777 For great low season rates–mention this ad.

Hot Tub.... Kayak.... 5 Acres.... Dog Friendly Sue Vican 707-829-2073 sue@suevican.com VRBO 317280 HomeAway 3014221 Page 58

Hague Lake Waterfront Ideal Reatreat for Two

Blue Heron Cottage Contact CIVR @ 250-935-0102 Cortes Island Information Book 2018

r e p i n s u ff J u l B GUEST HOUSE

cozy cottage retreat sylvan setting kitchenette

Cortes Bay

Elizabeth Anderson 250-935-8559 elizabeth@twincomm.ca juniperbluffs.wordpress.com Box 302 Mansons Landing BC V0P 1K0

Brilliant by the Bay Bed & Breakfast

250-935-0022 info.brillbybay@gmail.com www.brillbybay.com

gateway to adventure


homegrown goodness

Cortes Island Information Book 2018


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These businesses made the information book possible. Please, support them. Thank you!

Abi’s Manicure & Pedicure, 36 Clio’s Wax Treatments, 37 Corilair, 52 Cortes Co-op Cafe & Bakery, 19 Cortes Craft Shop Co-op, 26 Cortes Fishing Adventures, 47 Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society, 42 Cortes Market, The, 16 Cortes Natural Food Co-op, 18 Dandyhorse Bikes, 51 Fairhaven Gardens, 23 Friends of Cortes Island Society, 32 Gathering Place Trading Co Inc., 20 Gorge Harbour Marina and Resort, 15 Healing Arts, Gypsy Mama, 22 Holistic Health Arts, Jocelan Coty, 35 Hollyhock, 24 Hot Yoga in Whaletown, 46 Hunt + Gather, Fine Art and Adorment, 27 Island Cycle, Quadra Island, 50 Island Feed, 21 Lane 8 Delivery Services, 49 Marine Adventures/Photography, Tony Clark, 48 Marine Dental Clinic Cortes Island, 53 Marnie’s Books, 13 Misty Isles Adventures, 38 Pacific Centre for Leadership, Colin Funk, 53 Rites of Spirit, Massage Therapist, Lisa Day, RMT, 34 Squirrel Cove Trading Company, 17 Twincomm Communications, 49 Water Taxi - Discovery Launch, 54 Water Taxi - Lund Water Taxi, 55

Your business can be included in the next year edition. Contact Grazyna (Gina) Trzesicka for more information. cortesinfobook@gmail.com 250-935-0080 BOX 221 Mansons Landing BC V0P 1K0

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Accommodations, 58 Brilliant by the Bay B&B, 59 CIVR, 58 Cortes Island Boathouse, 58 Cortes Island Motel, 58 Gorge Harbour Marina and Resort, 15 Juniper Bluffs, 59 May’s Garden Cottage, 58 Quartz Bay Oceanfront, 58 Sowelu, South Point, 58 Whiskey Point Resort, Quadra Island, 57 Wilcox Beachfront Lodge, 58 Royal LePage Advance Ltd, Martha Abelson, REALTOR®, 56

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2018 Cortes Information Book  

Cortes Island Information Book for 2018. A resource book for visitors to Cortes Island and residents alike.

2018 Cortes Information Book  

Cortes Island Information Book for 2018. A resource book for visitors to Cortes Island and residents alike.