St. Olaf’s Anglican Church in Quatsino, built in 1896 as the community’s first school house, is one of the oldest buildings still in use on the North Island.
Pioneers: Visitors can stroll through the old graveyard, and learn a bit about the early pioneers who first settled in Quatsino.
The Quatsino Light Station, first established in 1907, is located on the southeast end of Kains Island at the mouth of Quatsino Sound. In days gone by, the light station guided passenger steamers that travelled to Quatsino Sound and Quatsino village, loading pulp at the mill near Port Alice. Totally exposed to the elements, the wind-swept rocky island is home to sea lions and an abundance of bird life.
Caving: Some of this landscape’s mysteries lie tucked away inside the vaulted domes of underground caverns. Afloat in a sea kayak on an open sound, or deep inside the Quatsino cave system, be prepared to experience a blend of connectedness and jubilation, isolation and terror, when adventuring here. One thing is guaranteed: at the end of the day, you’ll sleep well.
Fishing: There’s a good salmon run on the Marble River to the south of Quatsino Sound, which lies 8 miles (13 km) west of Highway 19 on the road to Port Alice, and good fishing for trout and Steelhead. This logging road also provides access to Alice, Victoria, and Kathleen Lakes, which offer good cutthroat trout and dolly varden fishing.
Campsites and a boat launch are located in the mill town of Port Alice, on Neroutsos Inlet, where you’ll find full facilities for exploring the profusion of sheltered inlets in Quatsino Sound. The Spencer Cove Recreation Site is situated in Koprino Harbour on the north shore of Quatsino Sound, and has 11 campsites, a boat launch and a boat dock.
Outdoor Adventure: Kayaking, canoeing, fishing and wildlife viewing are popular activities in the sheltered waters of Neroutsos, Holberg and Rupert inlets that surround Quatsino. Quatsino Sound is a very popular sea kayaking route, served by a campground in the estuary. Go hiking, beachcombing or berry picking – this may be the perfect place to get away from it all!
Golf: Golfers will have to boat over to Port Alice for a game. The 9-hole public golf course at Port Alice Golf & Country Club offers a good challenge by virtue of its setting on the side of a mountain, with narrow, tree-lined fairways and small greens. Before you tee off on hole number three, remember to climb the tower to see if the green is clear! Vancouver Island Golf Vacations.
Quatsino Provincial Park is located southwest of Quatsino, and includes the Crown land on the east side of Koprino Harbour and the adjacent peninsula to the east, as far as Shapland Cove. This 654-hectare undeveloped park contains known archaeological sites and protects a mature forest, some small lakes and the sheltered inlet of Koprino Harbour. The Koprino River estuary is noted for its critical fish rearing and waterfowl habitat, and is a popular eagle viewing area. Quatsino Provincial Park can be reached by logging roads from Holberg or by boat from Winter Harbour, Coal Harbour or Port Alice.
Lawn Point Provincial Park is located south of Quatsino Sound, which is only accessible by boat from Winter Harbour, Quatsino and Coal Harbour farther to the east. The 560-hectare wilderness park has no facilities, and protects unique archaeological sites and protects a mature forest, some small lakes and the sheltered inlet of Koprino Harbour
North of Quatsino is Coal Harbour, a hub for marine traffic and Quatsino’s link to the rest of Vancouver Island. Coal Harbour was once a thriving whaling station, the last one on the North American coast when it closed in 1967.
South of Quatsino is the attractive and well-planned village of Port Alice, located on beautiful Neroutsos Inlet, one of Vancouver Island’s gateways to Quatsino Sound and the wild and wonderful west coast.
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Located in Quatsino Sound, Quatsino Lodge specializes in guiding clients to the best sportfishing and sea kayaking on northern West Coast Vancouver Island. We offer saltwater and freshwater fishing packages as well as mothership kayaking and superb wildlife viewing. Quatsino Lodge is an intimate family-run business catering to small personal and corporate groups. Any group size from 2-12.
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