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"The FUTURE belongs to those who can see it coming."

Resisting a persistant sea of change, the culture of Malcolm Island remains true to the ideals of the Finnish authors that forged it:
a clean, bright light in the Canadian Pacific North West !

Malcolm Island is a great place to be !

Ideally situated in the midst of the major Pacific salmon migratory route and the magnificent cedar rainforests of British Columbia, our island commands a central location between north Vancouver Island and the B.C. mainland.



Oceanside view of Sointula

L ocated on the south-central coast of Malcolm Island,
Sointula is our major seaport and ferry access point for visitors. The ferry service allows travel between the ports of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island, Alert Bay on Cormorant Island and Sointula. A short trip offers the spectator a breathtaking view of nature at its absolute best.
The island residents, steadfastly continue
the traditions of the Finnish immigrants, who, in 1901, were each given a land grant with which to pursue their dream of building a Utopian community. The settlers had to overcome many hardships and obstacles (including a fire which destroyed documents and possessions and left many homeless), but eventually built a thriving economy around logging, lumber production, commercial fishing and fish processing.
While touring Sointula,
you will see many reminders of their influence and history in the buildings and streets, homes and yards, businesses, ships, and attitudes of the people. Sontulians are proud of their town and especially, of their beautiful flower gardens.
Whales picture.Fishing charters, whale watching and sight-seeing tours
can provide fun and entertainment for families and groups. Be spontaneous and enjoy the trip while you are here or if you like planning, feel free to call ahead to make reservations. Whether lodging at the Malcolm Island Inn or one of the many B&B's, or sampling island cuisine at one of Sointula's fine eateries, you can count on friendly, prompt and courteous service.
For the more adventurous spirit, we have:
- sport salmon fishing for "THE BIG ONE"
- kayaking trips to check out neighbouring islands or the more inaccessible parts of our coast.
- a hidden community of underwater sealife, for the equipped scuba diver to enjoy, (right off the beach ! ) that is seldom seen by the average sight-seer.
- a multitude of back roads and trails to get the enthusiastic hiker/camper/naturalist close to our diverse island wildlife.
Keyword for island life = "RELAXATION !"
Travellers to our island will find it a refuge from hectic city life. Forget the trials and troubles of everyday living and "GET REFRESHED !" That's what a vacation is all about !
Whatever your pleasure:
kick back, enjoy the scenery, sit in the sun, take a trip, shop on Main Street, catnap, join in community activities, play darts at the pub or just converse with the locals, be prepared to make your stay here as calm and invigorating as you wish.

Why Malcolm Island ?

Malcolm Island is an emerald, floating in a sea of sapphire and jade. A north island 'oasis' where the hustle and bustle of city life ceases to exist.
Established by Finnish settlers in the 1900's, the Finnish culture still exists today and is evident in the neat and tidy houses and gardens that surround the town of Sointula, (a Finnish word meaning Harmony).
Far from being a 'tourist trap' Malcolm Island boasts miles af beautiful beaches to walk and explore; towering forests of cedar, hemlock, spruce and fir to quietly contemplate; an abundance of wildlife including the awe inspiring bald eagles and orca whales; and of course fishing on one of the many charter boats available for Coho and Spring salmon, or Halibut and Cod.
These are a few of the many pleasures Malcolm Island has to offer the person who truely wants to 'get away'. Lori McDowell

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