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Cortes Island Museum & Archives and Visitor Info Booth

Mansons Landing, Canada
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About Cortes Island Museum & Archives and Visitor Info Booth
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 network under Destination BC
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Heather W wrote a review Sep. 2021
Canmore, Canada17 contributions14 helpful votes
What a beautiful museum -- a dive into Cortes' stories and history with respectful and thoughtful interpretive content. Love the bees exhibit. Thanks for providing this information hub for Cortes Islanders and visitors. I'll be back!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Denise S wrote a review Oct. 2018
Jacksonville Beach, Florida4 contributions1 helpful vote
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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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from CimasCortes, Manager at Cortes Island Museum & Archives and Visitor Info Booth
Responded Dec. 5, 2018
Thanks for your review Denise. We love to hear what people take away from a visit to the Cortes Island Museum. If you are on Cortes Island be sure to stop by and spend 10 minutes, an hour, or longer learning about island history. Open in the winter months on Friday and Saturday from 12 - 4pm.
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Carolyn H wrote a review Sep. 2018
Qualicum Beach, Canada5 contributions
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 animals came out to perform for us, Orcas, Humpback Whales, Porpoise, Sea Lions, Seals and more. The accommodation and food at the Blind Channel Resort were first class as were our fellow passengers. I would recommend this or any trip on the Misty Isle Adventures to everyone whatever age.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from CimasCortes, Manager at Cortes Island Museum & Archives and Visitor Info Booth
Responded Sep. 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 trip fee goes into the keeping the museum doors open year round, and the rest to keeping Misty Isles afloat.
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AmandaMTL wrote a review Aug. 2018
Montreal, Canada7 contributions3 helpful votes
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 are really gorgeous. There was lots more to see and explore at the museum. I din't have time for all that much. But I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Museum staff (Liam I think?) was very helpful and informative.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from CimasCortes, Manager at Cortes Island Museum & Archives and Visitor Info Booth
Responded Sep. 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 a poetry reading and a glimpse at artifacts and archival material from one of Cortes Islands' colourful characters, Gilean Douglas. Please come back and visit soon.
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Barry G wrote a review Mar. 2018
WHALETOWN, Canada5 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Response from CimasCortes, Manager at Cortes Island Museum & Archives and Visitor Info Booth
Responded Jul. 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 store in Refuge Cove once served Cortes Islanders as well as lively tug traffic from log-sorts and fish boats working in the area.
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