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 Scandinavian 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
  • Sailing Charters
  • Fishing Lodge
  • Free Community Bicycle Program
    • Tour Sointula by “green bike” when you visit Malcolm Island. These bikes can be used for free, Tuesday to Saturday from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Borrow these green wheels at Upper Crust Bakery at 180 – 1st Street (an easy walk 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.

 

Accommodations

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Deb’s Deli & Guest House

Experience Sointula. Enjoy your island stay in this historical 1910 building. Newly renovated upper level is a great space for couple or small fami ... Read More

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Dunroven Farm and Forge Bed & Breakfast Sea Cottage

Welcome to Dunroven Remote and elegant, surrounded by forest and beach on Malcolm Island, Dunroven Farm and Forge invites visitors to sample living h ... Read More

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Bere Road Guest House

Bere Road Guest House currently offers three bedrooms, one bathroom, a full kitchen, onsite laundry, BBQ, satellite TV, wraparound deck and stunning o ... Read More

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Westerly Guest Cabin

Quaint log cabin on beach front, 10 minutes from ferry, quiet/private, full kitchen, bathroom, queen bed and futon on main floor, small loft. Sleeps 4 ... Read More

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Jan’s Place

Nestled in the trees along a quiet street rests the perfect getaway – Jan's Place Located in Sointula on Malcolm Island just a short ferry r ... Read More

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Sea 4 Miles Cottages

As technology sweeps us farther away from real life, the pace of Sea 4 Miles & Malcolm Island can take you back... A hundred years ago the Finns l ... Read More

250-973-6486

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Bere Point Regional Park Campsite

Bere Point Park, Campground & the Beautiful Bay Trail Beautiful Bay Trail MapThere are 24 campsites nestled in the trees with the beach a stone ... Read More

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Malcolm Island Inn

MALCOLM ISLAND INN The Malcolm Island Inn is conveniently located on the waterfront in the heart of historic Sointula. With beach front access you ... Read More

250-230-6722

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Orca Lodge

ORCA LODGE Orca Lodge offers fishing, whale watching, kayaking, hiking, beachcombing and relaxing. 1.800.relax12 ... Read More

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Royal LePage Advanced Realty

Welcome from Joy Davidson of Royal LePage Advance Realty Whether you are buying or selling a home, I invite you to contact me as I'd be happy ... Read More

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Harmony Shores Campground

Quiet, family friendly camping, with showers, flush toilets, clean running water, across from a beautiful beach. A panoramic view offers a spectacular ... Read More

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Midden Lane Bed & Breakfast

Private ocean waterfront suite with southern exposure overlooking Blackfish Sound, Stubbs Island, & Johnstone Strait. Covered porch for smokers. O ... Read More

Activities

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Sointula Museum

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

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Deb’s Deli, Café & Gifts

Deb's Deli serves up homemade soups and muffins daily. It is a great place to get a home style meal in a relaxed environment. ... Read More

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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

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Islay Mist Sailing Charters

Welcome to Islay Mist Sailing Charters Picture If you would like to enjoy the pristine waterways of the Broughton Archipelago (inside passage of Nor ... Read More

Wilderness Destination. Photo: Boomer Jerritt
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

Sointula Harbour
Sointula Harbour

VISITOR MOORAGE WELCOME Sointula is base Camp for many Seafarers. It's a place to relax, and outfit in preparation of the next adventure! ... Read More

Getting Here

Drive BC – Provincial Highway Information
www.drivebc.com
Toll-Free: 1-800-550-4997

BC Ferries
www.bcferries.com
Toll-Free: 1-888-223-3779

Map of Broughton Strait

Sointula Community Map