On one of the most isolated islands on BC’s west coast, The Cortes Natural Food Co-op (CNFC) is thriving as it caters to the needs of a decidedly eccentric community.

Located on beautiful Cortes Island — the most northerly of the Gulf Islands — it takes three ferry rides and 175km of driving to make the journey from Vancouver. The Cortes Food Co-op shows what’s possible when communities pull together to provide themselves with services they need – regardless of how remote they are.


“The Co-op” as it is known locally, provides a key focal point for the community where its well-stocked store, bakery, and café provide a common gathering place and a sense of community – whether you are a summer tourist or one of 1,000 full-time residents.

A slow pace, a gathering of alternative life stylers, and a commitment to do things their way, has made the Cortes Food Co-op an ideal image of the culture and quirkiness of this far flung community.