Sointula, Malcolm Island, BC - traditional Kwakwaka'wakw territory.
Sointula is a small coastal fishing village on Malcolm Island, BC, and is accessed via the BC Ferry route leaving from Port McNeill, on the northeastern end of Vancouver Island. The village was founded by Finnish utopian socialist settlers, led by Matti Kurikka, in 1901 - the name Sointula means Place of Harmony in Finnish. Wildlife is abundant in and around Malcolm Island, with orcas, seals, and porpoises that can be viewed from the beaches, as well as mink, otter, beaver, deer, and a wide variety of birds making their homes on the island.
There are many hiking trails, a free-bike service, a museum, library, co-op (grocery, gas, and hardware) store, hotel and pub (The Whale's Rub Pub), recycling centre, thrift shop, a community garden, burger barn, and a bakery, as well as many other activities and attractions in and around Sointula.
There is also easy access via ferry to the communities of Port McNeill and Alert Bay.
Sointula Art cottage, Kim Kennedy Austin, 2014
About the Art Shed
The Sointula Art Shed (since 2013) on Malcolm Island, consists of a small artist-run artist residency in a cottage, with a studio and window gallery in our shed. We also host a web-based small concert series called Songs in the Shed, where local and touring musicians are invited to come sing in our shed, or in some other location in Sointula, or around the Island.