Sointula – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Sointula means “place of harmony” in Finnish. This charming seaside town on sprawling Malcolm Island was established as a community in the late 19th century when a colony of Finnish settlers arrived with utopian dreams of building the perfect community. While that vision was derailed within a decade, there’s no question these visionaries chose the right place for a fresh air and salt water paradise on earth.

Couple on a boat - Photo: Boomer JerrittMost visitors today arrive here via a 25-minute BC Ferries sailing from Port McNeill. Many park their cars  and either travel as pedestrians or bring their bicycles and mountain bikes to linger and enjoy the pleasures of village life in Sointula itself. But there is much exploring to do so visitors keen on visiting popular island destinations like Bere Point, Mitchell Bay or the Pulteney Point Lighthouse are sure to drive over. Maritime traffic in the area often utilize the good moorage in the Malcolm Island Lions Harbour, a well-known and popular boating layover.

Area Highlights

  • Hiking Trails
  • Sointula Museum
  • Fishing Lodge
  • Free Community Bicycle Program
    • Tour Sointula by “green bike” when you visit Malcolm Island. The bikes can be used for free, borrow these green wheels at the Sointula Resource Centre at 165 – 1st Street (across the street from the ferry terminal) and enjoy your ride!

Hiking Trails

Head out for adventure on an island that sits pretty between the Broughton Strait and the more turbulent open waters of the Queen Charlotte Strait. Hikers can strike out along the Mateoja Heritage Trail, which begins on Third Street above the town site; it meanders back in time to an early 1900’s homestead before reaching the local swimming hole at Big Lake.  Or they head for Bere Point Regional Park, the island’s only public campground. It’s the starting point for the Beautiful Bay Trail, which winds through rainforest along a rocky ridge that offers breathtaking ocean glimpses. Some hikers are lucky enough to witness a passing pod of orcas. Even more remarkable is the sight of these black-and-white killer whales rubbing on the smooth pebble beaches. Best viewpoint for this natural spectacle is the platform at the start of the Beautiful Bay Trail.

History and Culture

History and culture are alive in Sointula. Visit the local museum to learn about the island’s unique history. Or get a present-tense taste of idealism in action by visiting BC’s longest running cooperative general store, formed as the Sointula Co-operative Store Association in 1909.  There is also a vibrant arts scene  thanks to the many artists and musicians who call Malcolm Island home. Discover this wealth of original talent while browsing through shops, galleries and studios. The Sointula Resource Centre Society’se  visitor information staff can point the way to the island’s B&B establishments and other accommodation options.



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Coho Joe Cafe and B&B

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Midden Lane Bed & Breakfast

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Bere Point Regional Park Campsite

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Orca Lodge

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Malcolm Island Inn
Malcolm Island Inn

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Sea 4 Miles Cottages

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Sund’s Lodge

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Sointula Hostel

An intimate hostel located on the ocean. We offer affordable ocean side accommodation with a hint of the remote. Enjoy kayaks, a sauna, campfires, w ... Read More

Bere Road Guest House

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Dunroven Farm and Forge Bed & Breakfast Sea Cottage

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Jan’s Place

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Harmony Shores Campground

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Sointula Museum

The Sointula Museum offers a unique educational experience. Its collection includes artifacts, publications and photographs specific to the developmen ... Read More

Nans Hands

Welcome to Nans Hands, a working gallery and studio. Craft classes offered onsite. Do you get inspired by the great outdoors? Look out for tailgate cr ... Read More

Coho Joe Cafe and B&B

Dining: Muffins and scones baked from scratch daily. Various squares made in house. Espresso based drinks and smoothies. Homemade soup, salad, gourmet ... Read More

Sointula Harbour
Sointula Harbour

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Sund’s Lodge

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Whale’s Rub Pub

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Upper Crust Bakery

Upper Crust Bakery offers Finnish inspired baked goods and coffee on the beach in Sointula, BC. We offer lunch and are open Monday to Saturday 9-5. ... Read More

BC Ferries

BC Ferries provides regular vehicle and passenger ferry service to and from Vancouver Island. For more details visit http://www.vancouverislandnorth. ... Read More

Getting Here

Drive BC – Provincial Highway Information
Toll-Free: 1-800-550-4997

BC Ferries
Toll-Free: 1-888-223-3779

Map of Broughton Strait

Sointula Community Map