Malcolm Island, BC

Malcolm Island is situated off the northeast shore of Vancouver Island. It is a place of history, whales and eagles.
28 February 2023 at   175 1 St, Sointula, BC V0N 3E0, Canada
To get to Malcolm Island you can take a BC Ferry from Port McNeill. The ferry trip is 25 minutes each way, and the ferry leaves every four hours. It was a very foggy crossing, and no wildlife was seen, in fact nothing could be seen not even the...
To get to Malcolm Island you can take a BC Ferry from Port McNeill. The ferry trip is 25 minutes each way, and the ferry leaves every four hours. It was a very foggy crossing, and no wildlife was seen, in fact nothing could be seen not even the water!
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28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Port McNeill, BC, Canada
Sointula is the seaside town you arrive at on reaching Malcolm Island by ferry. Sointula means "place of harmony" in Finnish and was established in 1901 as a Finnish community. The Sointula Co-operative Store association is the oldest co-op in...
Sointula is the seaside town you arrive at on reaching Malcolm Island by ferry. Sointula means "place of harmony" in Finnish and was established in 1901 as a Finnish community. The Sointula Co-operative Store association is the oldest co-op in the province having been established in 1909. It is the local meeting place for this island community and carries everything from lotto tickets, to fishing gear, groceries, ice cream, books, and pet food, and well everything!
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28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   175 1 St, Sointula, BC V0N 3E0, Canada
and right beside the co-op is the fire hall!
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   175 1 St, Sointula, BC V0N 3E0, Canada
When the colony of Finnish settlers arrived, they had the dream of building the perfect community, and escaping the drudgery of working in the coal mines on Vancouver Island. Alas, utopia only lasted a decade, but still the heritage of that...
When the colony of Finnish settlers arrived, they had the dream of building the perfect community, and escaping the drudgery of working in the coal mines on Vancouver Island. Alas, utopia only lasted a decade, but still the heritage of that former community lives on in the present day. Fishing is the primary occupation of those living on Malcolm Island.
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28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   175 1 St, Sointula, BC V0N 3E0, Canada
Of course, Malcolm Island is a magical place to visit and, in the summer, attracts a good number of visitors some who sail in on their own sailboats, the recreational sailors.
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   175 1 St, Sointula, BC V0N 3E0, Canada
Visitors have a few options for seeing the island: car, boat, or bicycle. At 23 km (15 miles) long and 5 km (3 miles) wide, a bicycle can easily get you around the island. The Sointula Resource Centre which allows bikes to be borrowed for free...
Visitors have a few options for seeing the island: car, boat, or bicycle. At 23 km (15 miles) long and 5 km (3 miles) wide, a bicycle can easily get you around the island. The Sointula Resource Centre which allows bikes to be borrowed for free is located right across the street from the ferry terminal.
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28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   165 1 St, Sointula, BC V0N 3E0, Canada
When you need a coffee, breakfast, soup or chili or how about a cinnamon bun? Go to Coho Joe's which is also a B&B. Plenty of vegan meal options along with plant based dairy alternatives for your coffee or cereal. Next to Coho Joe's are a couple...
When you need a coffee, breakfast, soup or chili or how about a cinnamon bun? Go to Coho Joe's which is also a B&B. Plenty of vegan meal options along with plant based dairy alternatives for your coffee or cereal. Next to Coho Joe's are a couple of small gift shops selling fabric art, T-shirts, and fishing float art.
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28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   145 1 St, Sointula, BC V0N 3E0, Canada
Such a calm day, not even a splash of a wave was heard, in fact the only sound that pierced the air periodically was the sound of the foghorns.
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Sointula, BC, Canada
Not much traffic on 1st street. A lot of the homes had boat sheds instead of a car garage where the family fishing boat was kept or in some cases had been kept many years ago.
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Malcolm Island, Mount Waddington A, BC V0N, Canada
This property with an ocean view and outdoor living vibe was for sale!
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Malcolm Island, Mount Waddington A, BC V0N, Canada
and this was the view looking up at that same property from the beach. The greenery just needs a trim that's all.
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Malcolm Island, Mount Waddington A, BC V0N, Canada
This was a working boat house, with the owner's boat stored within.
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Malcolm Island, Mount Waddington A, BC V0N, Canada
A leaning boatshed perched at the edge of the ocean.
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Malcolm Island, Mount Waddington A, BC V0N, Canada
I wonder about the stories of some of these places, when were they built and how they have managed to withstand the winter storms over the years.
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Malcolm Island, Mount Waddington A, BC V0N, Canada
A dangerous shortcut to the beach. Best to go around the building and find the proper path down as it looks like your foot could go through the floor!
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Malcolm Island, Mount Waddington A, BC V0N, Canada
About 700 people live on Malcom Island today. At its height, the community saw approximately 2,000 Finnish settlers. However, Finnish culture still exists today as the language can be heard while wandering around the village or seen on much of...
About 700 people live on Malcom Island today. At its height, the community saw approximately 2,000 Finnish settlers. However, Finnish culture still exists today as the language can be heard while wandering around the village or seen on much of the signage within the community. This rowboat and the community around Rough Bay made me think of those early days.
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28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago
Wildlife viewing is plentiful on Malcolm Island appreciated by locals and visitors alike. Here is a sign advertising the local bird club.
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Malcolm Island, Mount Waddington A, BC V0N, Canada
The tide was out, and crows and gulls were very busy finding their breakfast in the mud.
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Malcolm Island, Mount Waddington A, BC V0N, Canada
The magnificent bald eagle! This photo made up for the fact that we didn't see any orcas.
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Malcolm Island, Mount Waddington A, BC V0N, Canada
Historically, the British Columbia purple martin population reached a low of fewer than 5 pairs in the mid-1980's. The nesting box program has brought about their successful return.
28 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Malcolm Island, Mount Waddington A, BC V0N, Canada
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