Posted by: Kate | August 30, 2010

Malcolm Island

Malcolm Island is in Johnstone Strait, a world-famous whale watching and fishing area on the north east side of Vancouver Island. To reach the island you take a ferry from the lovely town of Port McNeill, a two hour journey north of Campbell River. Sointula is the town on Malcolm Island, and it has a fascinating history.

Looking at Sointula from the ferry.

This was our first time to the island, and we were excited to explore a new area. The three-day trip did not disappoint, and not just because we saw whales every day (but that made it really special). The town and the island are a lovely place to visit, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

The view from our campsite.

Walking around the town was fun, there were so many old and colourful buildings. We would see what we thought was a falling-down barn, only to realize that people were obviously living in it – living history indeed.

one of the many older houses in the town.

There is a manned lighthouse on the island on the northern tip – Pulteney Point.

Pulteney Point lighthouse - we only saw a resident eagle while there.

There was much evidence of the fishing industry as well, with fishing boats in the local waters every day. There were also signs of fishing in days gone by.

Old boat.

All in all, a great adventure.



  1. Wow! You have made me want to go to Malcolm Island as soon as possible.

  2. beautiful pictures – thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks like a great place for exploring.

  4. Ah, what a treasure to have found! Thanks for sharing!!

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