• The tiny and picturesque hamlet of Quatsino is one of the earliest settlements on north Vancouver Island. The off-the-beaten-track community was first built in the late 1800s, when the B.C. government issued crown grants to attract new settlers to the Quatsino Sound wilderness area. Quatsino Sound is a huge sound that leads in from the Pacific Ocean, almost separating the north island region.

    Schooling in Quatsino is provided in a 70-year-old school that is an integral part of the community, and the hub of many local events. High School students take a 15-minute boat ride to Coal Harbour from where they are bussed to secondary school in Port Hardy, a daily round trip of 100 kilometres.

    Located in Quatsino Sound on North Vancouver Island, approximately an hour south of Port Hardy, Quatsino is accessible only by water or floatplane. You can use your own boat to get there, or take a convenient water taxi from Coal Harbour (5 miles / 15 minutes). The popular Backroad Mapbook edition for Vancouver Island shows logging roads connecting all the way from Holberg to Quatsino, but there is no connection, so don’t be tempted to give it a try unless you enjoy exploring the remote logging roads and the wilderness north of Quatsino.


    • Population

      Village Population: 43 (2016 Census)

    • 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 Hardy (by water or floatplane)