Cortes Island

160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, you will find Hollyhock resting on sunny, southeastern beaches bathed by the Salish sea.

Located on Cortes in the Northern Gulf Islands, Hollyhock is situated on the traditional and unceded territories of the Klahoose, Tla’amin, and Homalco Nations.*

Need help getting here? Check out our travel page.

About Cortes Island

Nestled at the entrance of Desolation Sound, Cortes is one of several islands that make up the Discovery Islands on the north end of the Georgia Strait. This happens to be the namesake of one of our favourite water taxi services, Discovery Launch Water Taxi.

About 25 kilometers (18 miles) long, 13 kilometers (8 miles) wide, and 13,000 hectares in area, Cortes rests in the rain shadow of Vancouver Island. This results in a moderate climate, plenty of sunshine, and unlimited opportunities for adventure.

Natural Beauty

Cortes is steeped in natural beauty. From the driftwood scattered beaches that flank Hollyhock, 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 (ƛohos) and Tla’amin Nations have been, and will always be, the original caretakers of Cortes Island.

Cortes Community

The island is an intriguing mix of old and new. Alongside deep ancestral roots of the aforementioned First Nations, people of all ages and backgrounds move here in search of a more independent lifestyle.

When visiting, a great place to start is the Cortes Museum. Not only will you find great historical facts and relics but it also functions as a visitor’s centre. That way you’ll discover where we came from and what’s to come!

Are local produce, goods, arts, and crafts your thing? Check out the multiple local farmers markets around the island, one of which runs year-round; Cortes Island Farmers Markets.

Stay Connected

To find out more about the Cortes Island community, go to Our Cortes or flip through the Cortes Island Information Book. For up-to-date activities and events, visit Tideline, and for Hollyhock happenings, subscribe to our newsletter Hollyhock Talks.

Need something to listen to while cruising from Whaletown to Manson’s Landing? Check out the local radio station, Cortes Radio – CKTZ 89.5 FM. What started as a pirate radio station, is now broadcasted far and wide with an eclectic mix of non-commercial and commercial hits, and local news.


* Our organization is committed to renewing our relationships with the First Nations peoples on whose territories we reside.

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