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Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until May 19, 2021.
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $2,315.00
  • Single w/ensuite* – CAD $2,165.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,840.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $3,560.00
  • Couple w/ensuite* – CAD $3,260.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom* – CAD $2,960.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* – CAD $1,780.00
  • Twin w/ensuite* – CAD $1,630.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,480.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,190.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,190.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,190.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,080.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,000.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,002.50

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on Aug 18
Ends with lunch on Aug 23

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $525 CAD

Package Price: $1,080 - $2,315 CAD / 5 nights. Includes tuition, room, all meals, and Hollyhock activities (depends on accommodation choice). Taxes and fees are additional. A $395 deposit is required at registration, with the balance due on your departure day.

Scholarships: Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need. We prioritize Indigenous people, people of colour, people who identify as LGBTQ2IA+, youth, elders, and those who can articulate how their Hollyhock experience will support positive impact in their life and communities. A $195 refundable deposit is required (please contact us if you are unable to pay this deposit). Apply within your registration form.

Health & Safety: Learn more about our Covid-19 policies and procedures here.

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Discover Cortes: Nature Adventures (August)

With Bill Ophoff

August 18 - 23, 2021

The natural world is your classroom as you hike, kayak and sail amid the wild beauty of Cortes Island. Discover the flora and fauna of both land and sea along with local history and geological phenomena as you adventure forth with Hollyhock’s knowledgeable, fun-loving naturalist. Explore ancient forests, sandy beaches, colourful tide pools, windswept bluffs, and a mysterious bog. Our lush temperate rain forest is home to a variety of wildlife including deer, raven, and eagles.

Discover the magic of this island jewel as you:

  • Board 43-foot schooner Misty Isles for a half-day sail. Watch for orcas, humpback whales, seals, sea lions, porpoises, and dolphins while learning about the area’s history. Land on awe-inspiring Mitlenatch Island, home of the largest seabird colony in the Salish Sea and known by naturalists as “the Galapagos of the Georgia Strait.” Follow trails through the early-summer wildflowers to the wildlife blinds, an opportunity to watch the nesting birds up close.
  • Kayak into the sunset with bald eagles and seals or paddle under the stars amidst the ‘fairydust’ of bioluminescence.
  • Join in Hollyhock’s famous oyster barbecue on the beach.

All levels of fitness and experience welcome. Just bring your spirit of adventure!

This program is limited to 12 participants.

Bill has exceptional knowledge and I would love to take the class again sometime in the future. He managed to relay the information in a way to help us start looking at the natural world with a more open mind and use our observation skills to take in all the diversity in the forest, on the rocks and in the water. – Past participant, 2019

Related Programs

Discover Cortes: Nature Adventures is also offered July 1-6, 2021 with Bill Ophoff

Schedule

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Terms & Conditions

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Presenter

Bill Ophoff
Bill Ophoff has a background in geography and biology, is a naturalist world traveler, and has been Hollyhock’s resident naturalist for 25 years. Hollyhock guests often rave about our naturalist excursions, and more often than not, they are talking about Bill and his quirky sense of humour. Bill landed on Cortes Island on “May 3, 1993 on the 3:05pm ferry” and jokes that he just never left. He has seen the evolution of Hollyhock over 25 years, holding down a lighthearted and no BS foundation, filling our bellies with beachside oyster barbeques, and beguiling our hearts with stories of the land.…
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