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Welcome to Cortes Island Museum's Online Archives! View digitized images, listen to oral history interviews, or search our entire archival database on this site. You're invited to reflect on the rich history of Cortes Island, imagine what it was like "back then" and celebrate with us this extraordinary place we call home.

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Historic Photographs

Oral History Recordings

Cortes Island History Albums

Information Files

About Our Collections

Cortes Island Museum preserves unique and original photographs, maps and documents relating to the human and natural history of Cortes Island and nearby islands. Dating from the late 1800s to the present, our collections illustrate how this remote community of coastal British Columbia responded to changing economic, social and political conditions.

This site contains more than 4,000 digitized historic photographs. A rich variety of images depicts island people and places, community events, transportation by steamship and floatplane, and economic activities such as farming, fishing and logging.

We hope this site will serve to gather information as well as share it. If you can identify people or places in any of our photographs, use the Feedback button to let us know. Email us for more information about the Archives, including information on using archival material, accessing the collections or donating items.

We are committed to making our collections available to the public. A donation of any size can help us keep our records online.

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We thank the Documentary Heritage Communities Program of Library and Archives Canada for their support for this project.