Posted by: cherylyoung | November 4, 2012

Quatsino is known for fishing and eco-tourism.

Quatsino is known for fishing and eco-tourism.

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.

Quatsino was once the hub of Quatsino Sound, when all travel was by boat.

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.

The one-room school is one of only a handful of single-room schools left in British Columbia, three of which are located on North Vancouver Island.

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.

Quatsino is known for fishing and eco-tourism, but employment is scarce in a community so small, and many of the residents commute daily or weekly to nearby Port Hardy and Port McNeill to work.

Facilities include a school, a general store and a marine boat works.

The Quatsino Forestry Company operates a stump-to-truck timber operation and a small wood lot license on the east side of Holberg Inlet, which allows them to employ First Nations people of the Quatsino Band.

All shares in the company are held in trust for the people of the Quatsino First Nation, the traditional inhabitants of the area who have a very close relationship with the forest.

Members of the Quatsino First Nation include the Klaskino, the Gopino, the Koskino, the Ho-yalas and the Quatsino peoples.

Population: 70

Location: 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.



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