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Quatsino Sound

Quatsino Sound, North Vancouver Island
Quatsino Sound is a huge sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Quatsino Sound leads in from the Pacific Ocean, almost separating the northern tip of the island from the rest of Vancouver Island.

Some of this landscape's mysteries lie tucked away inside the vaulted domes of underground caverns. Most of the 1,050 known caves on Vancouver Island are found in the Quatsino Formation limestone deposits.

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.

Location: Quatsino Sound is located on the north end of Vancouver Island. Situated on or near Quatsino Sound are the small communities of Winter Harbour, Quatsino, Coal Harbour and Port Alice.

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  • Quatsino
    The tiny, off-the-beaten-track hamlet of Quatsino Sound (population: 91) was first built in the 1800's when the government issued crown grants to attract new settlers. Accessible only by water or floatplane, you can use your own boat to get there or take a convenient water taxi from Coal Harbour.
  • Winter Harbour
    Off Quatsino Sound, in Forward Inlet, is Winter Harbour, the true "end of the road". This outpost community on the edge of the Pacific Ocean is a 40-minute drive on gravel roads from Holberg. The village got its name in the 1800's when its sheltered harbour became a haven for sailing ships. Today, the docks are always busy, providing modern fishing boats with the same welcome respite.
  • Coal Harbour
    Now a hub for marine traffic, Coal Harbour was once a thriving whaling station, the last one on the North American coast when it closed in 1967. Then, in the 1970s, it became a mining town again when the Island Copper Mine was in operation until it closed in 1996. Today, the residents rely on fishing, logging and acquaculture.
  • Port Alice
    The attractive, well-planned village of Port Alice is located on beautiful Neroutsos Inlet off Quatsino Sound, one of Vancouver Island's gateways to the wild and wonderful west coast.
  • Historic Eagle Manor Retreat, built in 1912 on fourteen secluded hectares in Quatsino, is a quaint all-inclusive wilderness resort offering quaint accommodation, salmon fishing packages, and remote weddings.
  • 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.

  • Quatsino Light (Kains Island Light Station)
    Located at the entrance to Quatsino Sound
    On the southeast end of Kains Island, at the entrance to Quatsino Sound, is Quatsino Light, also known as Kains Island Light Station. The lighthouse was first established in 1909, with the fog alarm added in 1923.

    The wind-swept island is completely exposed to the elements, and provides a great rocky environment for sea lions and marine birds.

  • 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. 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.
  • Kayaking, canoeing, fishing and wildlife viewing are popular activities in the sheltered waters of Neroutsos, Holberg and Rupert inlets. 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!
  • Quatsino Provincial Park is located on northern Quatsino Sound, 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 geological and botanical features, as well as endangered old-growth forest, rocky shoreline and intertidal beach.
  • Raft Cove Marine Provincial Park is located on the coast about 15 miles (25 km) north of Quatsino Sound, about 26 miles (42 km) west of Port Hardy. The road forks as it nears both parks. Bear to the left to reach Raft Cove. Dense western hemlock and Sitka spruce blanket the shoreline, where you'll find wilderness sites on nearby beaches. A rough trail leads from the parking lot to the beach. Allow 30-45 minutes to make the journey one way. This is an extremely exposed area. Come prepared to wear waterproof clothing on top of your waterproof clothing in an attempt to stay dry. Raft Cove is located just south of San Josef Bay.


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  Eagle Manor Retreat, Quatsino Listing Details 
The historic Eagle Manor Retreat (1912) in remote Quatsino Sound is accessible only by sea or air. This elegant and charming wilderness resort on the northern tip of Vancouver Island offers 6 quaint bedrooms all with a panoramic view of Quatsino Sound. Our inclusive fishing packages are exciting outdoor adventures, with abundant marine life, eagles, and breathtaking scenery.
 
  Quatsino Lodge, Quatsino Sound Listing Details 
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.
 
  Quatsino Lodge Kayaking, Quatsino Sound Listing Details 
Quatsino Lodge specializes in guided sea kayaking & sportfishing. Kayaking guests enjoy day trips exploring ever changing coast lines, secluded beaches, remote islands and secret coves with abundant sea life. Our heated cabin cruisers take us out to the chosen area, and collects us at the end of the day, eliminating the need to paddle long distances, camp out or live on board a boat, evenings are spent warm, dry and pampered in the comfort of the lodge.
 
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