Offshore from Port McNeill on the northeast shore of Vancouver Island is picturesque Malcolm Island, offering scenic beauty, excellent fishing and a fascinating history.
Originally established as a Finnish settlement nearly a century ago, the Finnish culture still exists today, and is evident in the neat and tidy houses and gardens that surround the town of Sointula.
Sandwiched between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, Malcolm Island lies right in the path of the main migratory route of the Pacific Salmon. The calm and tranquil waters around Malcolm Island boast some of the best salmon sport fishing in the world, as the migrating salmon head south to their spawning grounds in the streams and rivers of Vancouver Island and the BC west coast, and further south to Puget Sound in Washington State.
Wildlife abounds on and around Malcolm Island; Bald Eagles, porpoises, seals, otters, Orcas, Humpback Whales and countless species of sea birds. On land you will see black bear, deer and mink.
At 15 miles (23 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide, Malcolm Island is all about relaxing; a place where visitors can adjust to an island pace of life and feel a part of the community. Slow down and stay a while!