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Cortes Island (Electoral Area B) Parks

Discover the recreational opportunities on Cortes Island.

Area B Recreation Opportunities

Cortes Island is a magical place where residents and visitors enjoy a spectacular selection of marine, lake and forest parks and trails. Cortes Island parks users can experience being enveloped in dense forests highlighted by old growth cedars, or exposed in expansive marine areas. Recreational opportunities include superb hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and kayaking. Find out more about the many outdoor recreational activities available here:

Blind Creek Boat Launch

Location: Cortes Island (Area B)
Cortes Bay Road, Cortes Island, 3 acres
Category: Public boat launch and parking
Amenities: Boat ramp, waterfront
History: In 1989, when the site of an unauthorized boat ramp was included in a License of Occupation for a logsort facility, local residents expressed a need for a public boat launch on Cortes Island. This became a reality when the then CSRD was granted a license.
Natural Features: The license area encompasses a productive clam bed (south of the ramp location).
Links: Map

Cortes Skate Park

Location: Cortes Island (Area B)
Manson’s Landing
Category: Skate Park
Amenities: Skate park, fenced basketball court
Links: Map

Hank’s Beach Forest Conservation Park

Location: Cortes Island (Area B) 153 acres
Category: Community Park
Amenities: Trails, wildlife habitat; coastal bluffs
History: The property is ecologically significant in that its inland and coastal bluffs form important habitat and a wildlife corridor for many species including black-tailed deer, grey wolf and cougar. The property contains an active great blue heron rookery and several sensitive ecosystems where rare species and plant communities are also represented.
Links: Map

Gnat Park

Location: Cortes Island (Area B)
Category: Community Park
Amenities: Trail to beach area
History: Alder forest, understory of sword ferns, cedar grove and rocky substrate
Links: Map

Kw’as Park

Location: Cortes Island, (Area B)
Between Hague and Gunflink Lake, 173 acres
Category: Park
Amenities: Trails, foot bridge, old growth trees
History: Kw’as Park is a 250 ha park with numerous interconnecting trails within it. Some of the forest is old growth and the remainder of the forest is second growth. The park is forested along the shores of Hague and Gunflint Lakes and includes a stream between the two.
Links: Map, Park Guide

Moon Park

Location: Cortes Island
Category: Community Park
Amenities: Trail and boardwalk
History: There is an informal trail access that exists and a boardwalk that leads to the beach. There are large stands of coniferous trees with ferns as the understory.
Links: Map

Seascape Park

Location: Cortes Island (Area B)
Category: Community Park
Amenities: Trail to beach area, coniferous stands
Links: Map

Siskin Forest Park

Location: Cortes Island (Area B)
Category: Community Park
Amenities: Trails
History: Siskin Forest Park is comprised of gravel and wood chip trails connecting Siskin Forest Trails and linking various local roads including Cemetary, Hayes, Siren, Sutil Point Roads as well as Siskin Lane.
Links: Map

Siskin Forest Trails

Location: Cortes Island (Area B)
Category: Community Park
Amenities: Trails
History: Siskin Forest Trail is comprised of nearly 4 kilometres of trails that link Siskin Forest Park with various local roads.  The trails go through second growth Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar forest interspersed with pockets of Red Alder.  Lodgepole Pine and Western Hemlock.
Links: Map

Whaletown Commons

Location: Cortes Island (Area B)
Whaletown Community
Category: Community Park
Amenities: Park Space, Trails
History: For more than 20 years, Regional District Board of Directors and Cortes Island residents have worked to protect this 70-acre green space and its unique elements, which include high forest and riparian values, a salmonoid-bearing creek that runs through the northwest corner of the property, and a natural habitat for wolves and other animals. In 2014 the Regional District purchased the property and it now serves the community as a designated park space.