Category Archives: Business

Prince Rupert gets a $3.5 million boost from the return of cruise tourism

By Kaitlyn Bailey, Prince Rupert Northern View, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

After two years without any cruise ships in Prince Rupert due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cruise tourism returned bigger than before.

Between May 17 and Oct. 3, 42 cruise ships with more than 40,000 passengers stopped in the city, the P.R. Port Authority (PRPA) announced.

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2019: CorilAir serves Campbell River and the Discovery Islands

[from the Archives: Oct 11, 2019]

Cortes Island Air was based in Gorge Harbour in the 1990s. That was before Richard Godfrey sold the company to Mike Farrel in 2000. Farrel relocated to Campbell River, but preserved the company’s origins in its new name. CorilAIr is short for Cortes Island Airlines. 

While the airline now flies out of Campbell River, it still serves Cortes and the other Discovery Islands. 

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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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2021: The Nzuri Basket Company is a good thing

(From the Archives: Dec 10, 2021)

The first shipment of baskets, for what was to become the Nzuri Basket company, arrived on Cortes Island in August, 2020. 

Jenny Hartwick didn’t set out to found a company. The baskets she initially brought home, from a trip to Kenya, were gifts for friends and family. 

“It wasn’t until we were back in Canada and I’d given away all of my baskets. Everybody was saying to me, ‘Wow, these are amazing can you get more of them?’ I thought, ‘Gee,  maybe I can look into that’ and so that’s kind of, that was the start of where it came from,” explained Hartwick. 

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Summer 2022 has been very busy for QXMC

Jason Johnson has been the General Manager of Qathen Xwegus (QXMC) for a little over four months. He took the helm of the Klahoose First Nation’s  management corporation during a busy tourist season. Johnson was back home with his family in Sayward when Cortes Currents interviewed him over ZOOM.

“I first wanted to acknowledge that I’m talking to you today on National Truth and Reconciliation Day, and I’m calling in from my home office in the unseated territory of the Comox First Nation,” he began.

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