Fort Rupert is the site of a former Hudson's Bay Company Fort which was first commanded by William Henry McNeill in 1849. The present day village of Fort Rupert is a historic Kwakwaka'wakw village of the Kwagu'l and the Komoyue subgroup where you can view indigenous carvers creating artwork and traditional crafts. The band is part of the Kwakiutl first nation.
Category Communities Served
Coal Harbour is a Northern Vancouver Island marine hub providing access to the fertile fishing grounds of Quasino Sound, located just twenty minutes by road from Port Hardy. Historically the community has had several purposes, such as a mining community, a military base, and a whaling station. Today it is the perfect launch point for fishing charters, boaters, kayakers, and campers heading into the scenic coastal waters and old growth forests.
Port Alice is a village of approximately 800 people. The village is located northwest of Port McNeill. The pulp mill in Port Alice was constructed in 1917 and started producing pulp in 1918. The mill has had near constant production, until recently. Port Alice has an oceanic climate and a high volume of precipitation. The community is known for its pulp mill and salt water fishing.
Sointula is an isolated village on Malcolm Island. The name Sointula means 'Place of Harmony' in the Finnish language. The Finnish settlers founded the village in 1901 after rowing north from Nanaimo. The goal was to set up a utopian socialist society. By 1908, the community had disbanded; but many settlers remained. The mainstay of the population was fishing and logging. (Today there is an increased interest in tourism.) The village had over 500 people support the varous cooperative endeavours that have contributed to this small community.
The community is accessed by the BC Ferries service from Port McNeill.
Woss is a small village located 75km southeast of Port McNeill. This community is founded solely on the logging industry. The population of the area is approximately 200. Woss was only accessible by railroad until the mid 1960's. Woss enjoys long hot summers and relatively mild winters. The nearby Woss Lake Provincial Park provides recreational activity for the small community.