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Cortes is situated 150km North of Vancouver, in the Discovery Islands. Cortes is the perfect jumping off point to explore Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands and surrounding inlets, and is known for the wilderness and remote nature of the community. There are many activities to do while visiting the island. Kayaking is a popular activity as well as numerous other activities and local businesses. Hollyhock and the Cortes Museum, which also hosts the local visitors centre, are among favourites, as well as hiking through K’was park and Carrington bay. Craft markets are held weekly at the Manson’s Landing Community Hall, and the Gorge Harbour Marina Resort. A craft shop located in Squirrel Cove features numerous local artists and is open during the summer months.