in the late 1800's, Quatsino is one of the North Island's oldest
communities. Visitors can stroll through an old graveyard and visit historic St.
Olafs' Anglican Church, built in 1896 and is one of Vancouver Islands oldest
buildings still in use. There is a volunteer operated museum and lots of
All traffic on the North Island was at one time by water only, in those days,
the Community of Quatsino was the hub of the north island. It boasted 4 stores
and a Community Hall which is still standing near Eagle Manor. Eagle Manor is a
guest house that was built in 1912, now completely updated, but still retaining
its old time character.
The School also has its' own history and now serves grades 1 to 7. High school
students are taken by water taxi daily
to Coal Harbor and then by bus again to Port Hardy.
Quatsino is accessible by water taxi from Coal Harbor, which was once a whaling
station and during World War
II an Air Force station. The trip from Coal Harbor to Quatsino takes about 15
Quatsino Provincial Park has a wonderful
coastline that is perfect for kayaking. This undeveloped park has some of the
largest old growth trees on the north Island. The park is on the kayaking route
of Quotsino sound and is a great place for a stop over. Its also a great place
for a picnic.
In the interior of Quatsino Provincial Park, there is a wilderness lake where
visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Koprino Lake is a great lake
for fishing but please be are advised, there is no maintained trails leading to
Quatsino Provincial Park is a marine access only park. This is a wilderness park
with no maintained campsites or trails. Please, leave only footprints and take
Black bears can be seen in Quatsino
Provincial Park, along with black tailed deer and cougars. The birdlife in the
sound is incredible, many seabirds and coastal forest birds can be seen here.