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The name Sointula means " place of harmony", which perfectly captured the utopian ambitions the early community envisioned.

Seeking to escape the hardships of life working in mines run by the Dunsmuir family out of Nanaimo, a group of Finnish miners founded the village in 1901. While tragedies and financial struggles derailed the miners' ambitions, the essence of their vision still lives on in present day Sointula. The serene beach views of Malcolm Island, the numerous hiking and biking trails, the wildlife, sea life, and the friendly local residents, many of whom are descendants of the early community, provide a peaceful getaway for those seeking to escape.

We love to see new faces here on Malcolm Island, so take an adventure and come enjoy our quiet, safe, and beautiful island that is filled with activities to enjoy solo, as a couple, or the whole family! 

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