Lakes & Rivers
Alert Bay / Sointula
Alert Bay is on the
sheltered south side of Cormorant Island, just off shore from Port McNeil along
the shores of Vancouver Island's Inside Passage. This area is known for its bird
watching, whale watching, and hiking opportunities.
The 'Namgis peoples of northern Vancouver Island, along with many non natives
live in Alert Bay, their is about 1300 people here on this tiny Island.
The world's largest totem pole can be found here along with an old first nations
residential school that had operated here for many years. The native
graveyard is filled with totem poles and a few have toppled over allowing them
to return to the earth.
is a quaint little place filled with locally owned shops and
restaurants where you can buy local art or eat some great meals
Come stay for a few days at one of the islands great little b&bs
or other places of accommodation and hike around
Drop into the Alert Bay Visitor Centre, its just a short walk
along the boardwalk from the ferry dock. They will provide you
with information brochures. Ask for the Alert Bay Visitor's
Information package, an essential guide to the island. The
Visitor Centre is open weekdays year round and on weekends
during the summer months.
is a small village on Malcolm Island located off the northern
east tip of Vancouver Island. Along with Cormorant Island (Alert
Bay), Malcolm Island is part of a diverse group of islands which
make up the Northern Gulf Islands. These Islands are steeped in
Sointula is the only village on Malcolm Island. Proud of its
deep Finnish heritage, this island is void of big city
amenities. The community is connected to Vancouver Island via
marine travel in the form of boats, kayaks and the BC Ferries.
The services available on the island are limited. The community
centre includes a general store, museum and gas station. Bring
money with you as there are atm machines here.
Sointula on Malcolm Island is a vacation destination suited for
individuals looking to find peace and quiet along with some
incredible vistas of the sea. There are many hiking and biking
trails here. Along the sea shores you can see all kinds of sea
life to photography. Arrive with your own water craft and
there are limitless kayaking, boating and sailing opportunities
throughout the region including the Broughton Archipelago.
The island has some of the nicest sandy beaches and these
beaches are beautiful and so untouched that you spend the day
with out seeing another soul. Some beaches are easy to access
while others are reached via a hike along a forested trail.
Sointula has a marina. The marina is visited by pleasure boats
like yachts and sailboats and working boats like fishing vessels
and water taxis. There are guided tours available for wildlife
viewing and island exploration. You may see eagles, whales,
porpoises, sea lions, seals, mink and deer.