Posted by: cherylyoung | February 10, 2012


Offshore from Port McNeill on the northeast shore of

Vancouver Island  is picturesque Malcolm Island,

offering  scenic beauty, excellent fishing and a

fascinating history.

Originally established as a Finnish settlement nearly a

century ago, the Finnish culture still exists today, and is

evident in the neat and tidy houses and gardens that

surround the town of Sointula.

Sandwiched between Vancouver Island and the

mainland  of British Columbia,

Malcolm Island lies right in the path of the main

migratory route of the Pacific Salmon.

The calm and tranquil waters around Malcolm Island

boast  some of the best salmon sport fishing in the

world, as the migrating salmon head south to their

spawning grounds in the streams and rivers of

Vancouver Island and the BC west coast, and further

south to  Puget Sound  in WA, State.

Wildlife abounds on and around Malcolm Island; Bald

Eagles, porpoises, seals, otters, Orcas, Humpback Whales

and countless species of sea birds.

On land you will see black bear, deer and mink.

At 15 miles (23 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide,

Malcolm  Island is all about relaxing; a place where

visitors can adjust  to an island pace of life and feel a part

of the community.

Slow down and stay a while!

Population: 886

Location: Malcolm Island is located in

Queen Charlotte Strait, off the northeast shore of

Vancouver Island, and is linked by  a 25-minute ferry

ride to Sointula from Port McNeill.


The hub and seaport of Malcolm Island is the community

of Sointula,  a town rich in history and heritage as a

Finnish  settlement  in the early 1900s.

Cyclists will enjoy the quiet ride along Kaleva Road, which

hugs the island’s southern shoreline as it winds through

rural pastures and weathered cottages.

Stop for a stroll along the beach, explore Mitchell Bay, an

idyllic enclave at the southern end of Malcolm Island, or

break  out the kayak  and explore the shoreline waters.

Hikers won’t want to miss the annual 25-kilometre

Harmony Hike Bere Point Regional Park is a favourite

getaway for islanders, and  the only public campground on

Malcolm Island.

Located 5 km from Sointula on the island’s north shore,

the park has a beautiful beach and 8 beach-access

campsites at Bere Point  Campsite,  with outhouses,

firewood, a boat launch, and a day -use picnic area.

A short trail from Bere Point leads to the Beautiful

Bay Trail, which winds along a ridge for 2.5 miles (4 kms)

through a  stunning rainforest with occasional glimpses

of the sea below.

Birdwatch at Rough Bay, where the tidal flats are a

popular stopping point for shorebirds.

If you succumb to the Island’s charm and decide to stay

longer, there are a number of bed and breakfasts,

cottages, and guesthouses scattered  throughout

Sointula and Mitchell Bay.

For those with tents or RV’s, there are private

campgrounds as well as the small public site at Bere Point.

Fishing: Blackfish Sound east of Cormorant Island is

productive for salmon fishing, offering feeder chinooks

throughout the year.

The first migratory chinooks appear in late May through

to August, followed by the sockeye (June to August),

pinks  (July to August), coho in mid July, northern

coho in

September and chum salmon  from late August through

to October.

Winter chinook end off the year by passing through

toward the  end of December.

Halibut fishing commences in April to June, and

continues through  the summer to September – open

water  depths of 200 to 400 feet are  most productive.

Concentrate on Richards Channel, Ripple Passage and

Bolivar Passage.

Halibut around the 100 lb mark are brought in regularly,

with monsters of over 200 lbs caught occasionally.

Across the Labouchere Passage to the northeast of

Malcolm Island is the wonderful

Broughton Archipelago Marine Park,

a wilderness area consisting of a maze of several small

islands, numerous islets and adjacent foreshore at the

southern extremity  of Queen Charlotte Strait, off the west

coast of  Gilford Island.

The islands in the marine park are undeveloped and are

largely undiscovered.

Facilities are limited to a day-use recreation.

The numerous remote, solitary islands incorporated

in the parkprovide unlimited and unique fishing and

swimming opportunities, and are fabulous for

exploring by kayak.






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