Cortes Island is the unceded traditional land of the Klahoose, the Tla’amin, and Homalco Nations. The Klahoose First Nation’s traditional territory stretches from Cortes Island to Toba Inlet.
Blessed by incredible scenery and a diverse landscape, Cortes is a perfect setting for outdoor recreation. The island boasts approximately 25 km of coastline peppered with rocky coves and sandy beaches. Provincial parks on Cortes protect inlets, lagoons, and beaches that are ever-changing with the tides, as well as large tracts of temperate rainforest. Cortes is steeped in natural beauty. From the driftwood scattered beaches that flank to the rugged gorges of Desolation Sound and the mystic rainforest trails of Smelt Bay Provincial Park, you will be hard-pressed to not find something amazing around every corner.
All of this beauty would be nothing without care of the land. The Klahoose, Tla’amin, and Homalco Nations have been, and will always be, the original caretakers of Cortes Island.