Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE IS CORTES ISLAND?
From Campbell River you take a ferry to Quadra Island (15 min) then drive across Quadra to Heriot Bay (15 min) and take the ferry to Cortes (45 min). For a ferry schedule click here.
WHAT DO YOU DO ON CORTES ISLAND?
Residents do many different things for an income. There are seasonal workers such as loggers, fishermen, tree planters plus Hollyhock who hires seasonal workers. There are work at home professionals, home cottage industries, artists plus carpenters and other trades people, a large number of residents are involved in the aquaculture industry (more specifically oyster culture). The lifestyle offers a chance to be independent and many work at jobs they would not have a chance to do in a more developed area. As for entertainment, there are two community clubs with events happening all the time plus there are many groups and organizations to get involved in. Cortes is a familv oriented community and the children participate in as many of the socials as possible including dances. The area is well known for fishing and boating plus there are many great hiking trails and a wonderful swimming lake with lovely sandy beaches Most people seem to keep very busy and boredom is not a problem.
HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE ON CORTES ISLAND?
Approximately 1000 year round residents with many more in the summer time. Some of the residents go away for a few months in the winter. The summer population increases with campers and boaters visiting the island.
WHAT IS THE AGE GROUP OF THE RESIDENTS?
There is a real mix ranging form infants to people in their late 80’s. The majority of the residents are families and retired people.
WHAT ABOUT THE SCHOOL?
There is an organized pre-school plus K to 10, after grade 10 the kids must go off island to finish school. More and more families are choosing home schooling plus there is a popular alternate school at Linnea Farm. North Island College has an office at Manson’s Community Hall and offers credit and special interest courses for all ages.
WHAT IS THE WHEATHER LIKE?
As Cortes Island is in a rain shadow there is not as much rain as would be expected, in fact there are some desert like areas. Yes, there is snow but not a lot and it usually does not last long. The weather averages are very similar to Victoria, B.C.
HOW BIG IS CORTES ISLAND?
About 25 km long, 13 km wide and 13,000 hectares in area.
WHERE DO YOU SHOP?
There are three general stores, complete fresh produce, groceries, gas/propane, liquor stores, hardware etc.
IS THERE BUS SERVICE?
There is a private mini bus service called the CORTES CONNECTION that runs daily to Campbell River.