Tag Archives: Squirrel Cove General Store

How telephones came to Cortes Island 

According to Lynne Jordan,  former president of the Cortes Island Museum, there have been telephones on Cortes Island for more than 110 years. They arrived in 1910, along with telegraphs, but only in the stores.

“Telegrams were really cheap. They were so much for 10 words and so much for 100 words.  People got really good at confining their messages to 10 words. Telegraphs that came in for people were just put in an envelope and then pinned on the bulletin board at the store.  Then they either had to check themselves or a friend would tell them that there was a message there for them,” she said.

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2017: Squirrel Cove General Store: Cortes Island’s One Stop Shopping Experience

(From the Archives: July 12, 2017)

In an era of increasing specialization, some remote locations are developing in the opposite direction. In addition to the services you might expect, Squirrel Cove’s General store is also a gas station, post office, liquor store, gift shop, hardware outlet, building supply store, shellfish interpretive centre and it hosts one of the island’s finest take-out food providers. It has become  Cortes Island’s one stop shopping experience.

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How Gorge Harbour Road changed Cortes Island

Squirrel Cove was much more important during the first part of the 20th century. Union Steamships tied up at the long wharf twice a week. There is still a Squirrel Cove General Store and post office, but there were once log boom, a sawmill, boatyard, machine shop, community hall, church and a school. Much of this infrastructure disappeared during the years that steamships were supplanted by motor boats and floatplanes. However Lynne Jordan, former President of the Cortes Island Museum, has another explanation for Squirrel Cove’s decline.

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Access to contraceptives on Cortes Island: nurse discusses options

CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

Cortes Island is a rural community with limited access to medical care and supplies, including contraceptives. The Cortes Ambulance Station 169, the Klahoose Health Centre and Cortes Health Centre work in cooperation to stock orange boxes affixed outside of public buildings on Cortes that offer free supplies and are accessible 24/7. Inside the box there are female and male condoms, lube and naloxone kits.

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Community Action Bus serves Cortes Island on music-filled weekend

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LoveFest is an annual, family friendly music festival at Linnaea Farm that is returning after a two-year hiatus. Every year, the organizers of LoveFest look for creative ways to innovate and incentivize alternate methods of transportation to the centrally located event. Since the festival takes place on a farm, on the edge of Hague Lake, there is effectively no parking for motor-vehicles. 

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