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View of Desolation Sound from Cortes Island

(Steve Musial photo)

Cortes Island

Deer on Cortes island (Greg Osoba photo)

Deer on Cortes island (Greg Osoba photo)

Cortes Island is a scenic and rugged hamlet at the edge of BC's vast coastal wilderness. 

Located at the north end of the Salish Sea, where Vancouver Island juts up against the mountainous mainland coast, Cortes Island is a calm refuge from the hustle and bustle of big-city life. Here, the diverse mix of residents embrace the quiet solitude, unspoiled natural surroundings and independent lifestyle.

Neighbouring Campbell River is the port of departure to reach Cortes Island via BC Ferries regular, daily sailings. The short ferry ride crosses Discovery Passage connecting first to Quadra Island before docking at Cortes.

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