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Cortes Island Museum & Archives

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Small, interesting local history

Please stop by and peruse this local gem where you can learn about the history of Cortes Island and... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Denise S
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Fundraising trip on the Misty Isle to Blind Channel Resort

This was a trip of a lifetime, booked this for my husband Malcolms 80th birthday surprise and it... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2018
Carolyn H
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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Small museum with local history and natural history of Cortes Island. Exhibits change every year. Beautiful heritage garden with picnic table - allows for family lunch. We are also a Tourist/Visitor Information Booth (T/VIB) as part of a provincial...more
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957 Beasley Rd, Mansons Landing, British Columbia V0P 1K0, Canada
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Reviewed November 28, 2015

As a prospective buyer of property on the island, we wanted to get a sense of the historical record of Cortes, and how this vibrant and diverse community has decided to support their stories from the past. We were not disappointed. The stellar displays were...More

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CimasCortes, Board Member at Cortes Island Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2016

Thank you for your comments. We are very pleased that you were able to visit our museum and that you found it so supportive in your inquiries through our displays and reading materials.

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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Please stop by and peruse this local gem where you can learn about the history of Cortes Island and the people that settled there. Interesting slab from an island Sequoia or Redwood. Different events throughout time are marked. Lovely garden to walk through!

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Reviewed September 7, 2018

This was a trip of a lifetime, booked this for my husband Malcolms 80th birthday surprise and it was everything we anticipated and more. Captain Mike educated us along the way and back with stories, maps and the history of the area. All the marine...More

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CimasCortes, Manager at Cortes Island Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2018

Thank you Carolyn for this fabulous 'trip of a lifetime' review. The Cortes Island Museum & Archives partners with Misty Isles every summer season. Captain Mike and all the folks at the museum want to thank you for the support, as a portion of each...More

Reviewed August 26, 2018

Came for a visit and checked out exhibit by and about Cortes-based artist Judy Williams. Was a great retrospective on Refuge Cove community she was part of for a long time. A wonderful mix of historical context and aesthetic stimulation. Her her large-scale watercolour paintings...More

Thank Amanda K
CimasCortes, Manager at Cortes Island Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2018

Thank you for these comments about the Cortes Island Museum and Archives. We have recently dismantled the Refuge Cove exhibit and are preparing the space for two new exhibits, Curiouser & Curiouser, and a 20 Year Retrospective. These exhibits will open on October 31, with...More

Reviewed March 3, 2018

This is both educational and entertaining. It is often renewed and makes you think. It is a true surprize. Do not underestimate. It is worth the trip. Take the time.More

Thank Barry G
CimasCortes, Manager at Cortes Island Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2018

Thanks for your review of the Cortes Island Museum and Archives. Our current exhibit, 'Refuge Cove: Moving With the Tide', engages viewers with paintings, written stories, photographs and artifacts from the small Refuge Cove bay on West Redonda Island in the Desolation Sound area. The...More

Reviewed September 13, 2017

The Cortes Museum helps to organise trips onboard the Misty Isles. We, my wife and me, have lived on Cortes Island since 2009. We try to enlist once a year for such a trip, to self-reward ourselves and to respect the community. Our this year...More

Thank Jerzy T
CimasCortes, museum board member at Cortes Island Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2017

Thank you for your detailed review and your appreciation of the Blind Channel trip. It is a pleasure of the museum to provide such outings and we feel most fortunate to partner with Misty Isles. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Reviewed July 19, 2017

Go Figure! One day on Cortes and the Visitors Info/ Museum is closed Mondays. So we didn't get inside but we did view the garden and some of the displays. The garden itself is glorious - full of flowers and alive with bees and butterflies...More

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CimasCortes, museum board member at Cortes Island Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2017

How unfortunate you were not able to get inside the museum! Thank you for your comments and wonderful photos submitted of our Heritage Garden. We are pleased you were able to enjoy it and look forward to your return visit to visit inside the museum.

Reviewed June 12, 2017

Very helpful staff. They organized a trip to Mitlenatch Island aboard the Misty Isles boat. The museum is small, but still had room for a great little art show.More

Thank Heather H
CimasCortes, museum board member at Cortes Island Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2017

Thank you for your comments. Misty Isles trips are very popular and we are pleased & fortunate to partner with them. Our recent art display is part of the history exhibition on Refuge Cove. We love that you were able to enjoy the exhibition as...More

Reviewed May 26, 2017 via mobile

We stopped in at the visitor centre for a few tips on places to visit while on island and were greeted with loads of information and hospitality. Would have loved to see the exhibit but it is currently being changed. Lots of work ahead for...More

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CimasCortes, museum board member at Cortes Island Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2017

Thank you for using our visitor information services. It is always a pleasure to meet our island visitors and assist them with island information. We look forward to seeing you again and our exhibit is now ready for viewing.

Reviewed September 19, 2016

The Museum is a must see when on Cortes. The outstanding historical exhibits are enhanced by the dedicated friendly volunteers who tell you even more. The Museum building itself is living history, as a former Mansons Landing store. We never miss the Museum when on...More

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Reviewed July 31, 2016

I wanted to visit this museum based on the reviews of others on Tripadvisor and was not disappointed. The unique books on the history of this area were available which I bought and the volunteer I talked to was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The exhibits...More

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CimasCortes, Board member at Cortes Island Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2016

We greatly appreciate you taking the time to post a review. It is always a pleasure to welcome visitors to our museum and we are pleased you found us and enjoyed your visit with the exhibits and the quietness of the heritage garden.

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