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  • The small, picturesque fishing village of Sointula, a Finnish word meaning harmony, began as a Utopian colony in the early 1900s, when a playwright named Matti Kurikka led disgruntled Finnish coal miners from Nanaimo out of their pits and into the northern wilderness. The Finnish language is still spoken today, saunas are common, and the phone book is full of Finnish names. A second wave of independence-seekers arrived in the 1960s, dedicated to preserving Sointula’s peaceful atmosphere.

    Fishing is the mainstay of the economy of Sointula, but tourism is rapidly gaining importance, as travellers seek out the clean air, clear waters, and the outdoor fishing, whale watching and scuba diving opportunities offered on Malcolm Island.

    The ferry trip to Sointula in the cold, clear waters of Queen Charlotte Sound, is a voyage into the past. Stroll around the community to see the sights – capture the unique essence, before taking the return ferry to Port McNeill.

    Sointula is on Malcolm Island, located off the northeast shore of Vancouver Island, and linked by a 25-minute ferry ride from Port McNeill.


    • Population

      Town population: 594


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A


    • Practitioners

      There are no general practitioners yet in this community.

      The nearest health services are located in Port McNeill by ferry.