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This island is a short ferry ride from Quadra Island and has spectacular views of the rugged Coast Mountains. The Klahoose First Nation typically wintered in Squirrel Cove, and the travelled by sea-going canoe to summer fishing territory around Toba Inlet, a tradition which is carried on today. The island is in the Vancouver Island “rain shadow” which gives it higher than average sunshine over the year, and protects it from Pacific storms. For visitors, there are sandy beaches at Marina Island, swimming at Hague Lake and Smelt Bay Provincial Park, and hiking and mountain biking on the island’s many trails, fishing from shore or from a dock or boat, and exploring tidal pools, like at Manson’s Lagoon.

The island is also well known for the 5 storey high Wolf Bluff Castle.

Annual Events







Cortes Island Day ParadeJuneParade and festival at Smelt Bay, 250-935-0076
Canoe Launchmid-JuneSquirrel Cove, Tork IR #7
Cortes Arts FestivalLate JulyCelebrate the island’s art community with art show.
Sandcastle DayEarly AugSandcastle competition for young and old on the island’s sandy beaches
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