Coastal Living On Cortes Island

Cortes Island is one of the Discovery Islands situated between Vancouver Island and the mainland. It is accessible by boat or ferry from Campbell River or Quadra Island.

A hidden gem with breathtaking landscapes, rich biodiversity, lush vegetation and a pristine shoreline. Cortes offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.  Whether you seek outdoor adventures, artistic inspiration or a a place to reconnect with nature, it has something magical to offer everyone.

Imagine waking up to the sound of waves lapping against the shore or enjoying your morning coffee while watching the sunrise over the water. The island provides and abundance of privacy and tranquility.

Real Estate on Cortes:

The real estate market on the island offers unique opportunities for those looking to make Cortes their home or invest in a slice of this idyllic paradise. It has a diverse range of properties for every budget, from cozy cabins nestled in the woods to waterfront estates with stunnning views of the surrounding ocean and mountains.

Many homes are designed to harmonize with the natural environment, blending rustic charm with modern amentiites. Whether you prefer a secluded forest retreat, a quaint farmhouse, a charming cottage or a contemporary waterfront property, you can find a variety of options to suit your preferences.

Properties are often amongst towering trees and untouched wilderness. Many properties embrace off-grid living by utilitizing solar power, rainwater collection systems and composting toilets. Living off-grid allows residents to minimize their ecological footprint and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty.  

Cortes has a strong commitment to sustainalbe living and environmental stewardship. 

New Listing on Cortes Island - 1394 Bodington Rd.


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Opportunity to purchase your own personal piece of paradise on Cortes Island. 

A forest retreat nestled on a treed 2.5 acre gently sloped lot that seamlessly combines modern comforts with rustic charm. A peaceful haven just a short drive to the ferry landing and within walking distance of the Gorge Harbour Dock & Marina.

An architecturally aesthetic wood sided one bedroom home with an open concept kitchen and living area meticulously designed with all the conveniences and amenities. 

The central living space has an efficient wood stove and an innovative celestial domed roof with an open ceiling that blends a functional environment with natural light while providing a striking visual focal point that accentuates spaciousness and captivates the harmony of the nature surrounding. 

Barn doors open to the bedroom that offers plenty of room for a king sized bed with closets for two! The 3 piece bathroom is a modern convenience while ecologically sound.

A wrap around covered deck with clear panels for natural light during the darker days of the winter on the forested property. Added features to this corner lot include a drilled well, moveable storage shed, gardens and a large driveway.


Water: 4.5 gpm
Electrical: 200amp
Septic (Clivus Multrum): Swedish engineer Rikard Lindstrom developed the first compost toilet in 1939 to prevent pollution in the Baltic Sea near his home. He went on to found Clivus Multrum AB in 1962, and the company soon spread across the Atlantic. Since its incorporation in the U.S. in 1973, Clivus Multrum has manufactured and sold compost toilets and greywater systems in North America and beyond.

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Cortes has a strong sense of community that fosters a sense of belonging and cooperation.

Its not uncommon to find properties that are a part of cooperative ownership or shared land arrangments where residents work together to maintain and manage communal spaces and amenities.  The residents value environmental stewardship and a deep connections to the natural world. This spirit adds to its unique character and serves the tight-knit community well.

Residents gather at Mansons Landing, Whaletown and Squirrel Cove to create connections. 

People here embrace a slower pace of life. It is a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere that makes it an attractive place to live.

Activities & Recreation:

The island has a variety of events, workshops and initiatives focused on sustainability, arts and culture. 

Perfectly located for adventure, popular recreational activities include kayaking, hiking, cycling, camping, yoga, beachcombing, swimming, fishing or simply exploring the scenic coastline and hidden coves.

Vancouver Island Tourism offers further information on some of the activities and businesses located on the island. 

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