We invite you to sign up for these tours when you register or contact the guides through any email addresses provided. A complete listing of final times, dates and meeting places will be provided when you register.
Sointula Museum Tours and Demonstrations
The times, dates and locations will be provided at the Registration Desk on your arrival.
With such a rich utopian history, of course Sointula has a delightful museum with an abundant display of artifacts. Our museum will be open to provide a variety of interesting historical experiences and demonstrations, as listed below. You will receive a conference package on your arrival with the times, dates and a location map. All locations for museum tours are located at the museum or within walking distance.
Old Fashioned Coal Fired Forge
Dan Klingbiel will present a 20 minute demonstration of how this coal fired forge was used in the past to provide steel items used in the fishing and logging industry. Contact Dan for information and times email: email@example.com ph: (250) -973-6030
Net Mending Demonstration
Sointula has been a fishing community for many years. Net mending was an ongoing maintenance task. Come and watch this skill in action.
Net Rugs Demonstration
Once nets are no longer used for fishing, several women in the community painstakingly crochet them into beautiful rugs. Join us to watch a demonstration of the making of net rugs. If you want to take a memory of Sointula home with you, rugs will be for sale in the Museum Gift Shop.
Gill Net Boat Drums
The gill net boat drum which has been used extensively in the fishing industry worldwide was invented in Sointula. Join one of our hardy fishermen to learn how this invention changed the industry.
Gill Net Boat Restoration and Tour – Sturgeon 1
Andy Anderson, a veteran third generation Sointula boat builder, is faithfully and skillfully restoring the Sturgeon 1, a gill net boat built in Sointula in 1948. Visit his boat shop to meet Andy, view the Sturgeon 1 and tour the building.
Come and meet Tellervo Lahti from the Finnish Emigrant Museum to discover how her organization promotes the history of the dispersal of Finns and Finnish culture throughout the world. Sunday, September 22 from 1-3 PM
Sointula Cultural / Historical – Walking and Hiking Trails Tours
We would love to introduce you to our quaint village surrounded by stunning coastal nature. The following tours are in various locations. If you are interested in participating, please contact the guide personally for further information.
Historical Sointula Walk – Steets,Architecture and Businesses
A one-hour, easy walk on the streets of Sointula starts at the Finnish Organization Hall. Your tour guides will give a talk on the historical and present day buildings while walking along Sointula’s main street. This tour ends at the Sointula cemetery, where you can also take part in a self-guided tour. Costs by donation, going to the “Culture Shock Conference.”
Historical Mateoja Farm Heritage Trail Walking Tour
The Mateoja family were early settlers on Malcolm Island. They built a homestead on a ‘suo’ which means marsh in Finnish. As was common in Finland, they dug trenches in the marsh to compensate for flooding which allowed them to take advantage of the rich soil for growing crops. Join Loretta Rhitamo on Friday, September 20th at 2 o’clock – weather permitting. Meet at the Co-op and drive to the trail head. Wear good walking shoes as the trail is of medium difficulty. This hike is 1.5 hours.
For further information: Loretta (250) 973 6779 firstname.lastname@example.org
Orca Whale Talk / Bere Point Walking Trail & Beaches
The Friends of the Wild Side is a group of local residents that have been collecting data on marine mammal activity on the Wild Side(North shore) of Malcolm Island for the past 16 years, specializing in the Northern Resident Orca of the BC coast.
There are 16 pods in the Northern Resident Orca community, comprised of approximately 261 individuals. Most use the beaches of Malcolm Island for their unique cultural tradition known as “rubbing”. If you are lucky, you may even get to experience this phenomenon.
Bring walking shoes as it will both be on trail and beach locales. Donations to Friends of the Wildside appreciated.
For General Public and Attendees- Sept. 18 – 23 – 1 hr. tours at 11 am and 2pm
For Conference Attendees – Sept. 21 - 1 hr. tour at 4 pm
For details and to register contact: Troy Bright email: email@example.com ph:(250) 973 6445 or on Facebook: friendsofthewildside.
Donegal Head Beach Walk: Wildlife and Native Petroglyphs Tour
Out on the beach on Donegal Head overlooking the spectacular Blackfish Sound is a large rock with a carving of an ancient face. Weather permitting, Loretta will guide you out to view this marvel. Hiking boots suggested as the walk is of medium difficulty over rocky beach.
Monday, Sept. 23rd at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Co-op. Vehicle required.
Loretta Rhitamo: email: firstname.lastname@example.org ph: (250) 973-6779
Wolf Talk with Tundra.
Meet Tundra the Wolf and learn about the habits of wolves in the wild. A $5 donation is appreciated towards Tundra’s School Program.
Check out Tundra’s website www.whospeaksforwolf.com
For the General Public – Saturday, Sept. 21/2013 @ 10:30AM
For Conference Registrants and General Public
• Friday, Sept. 20 @ 4 pm
• Sunday, Sept 22 @ 11:30 am
Gary Allan: email: email@example.com Ph.(250) 230 9052
Wild Mushroom Hunting
September is mushroom season in Sointula. Join Ramsey for a two hour foray to hunt down and identify a wide variety of wild mushrooms. Bring along your good walking shoes and a keen eye.
For more information: Ramsey: email: firstname.lastname@example.org ph:(250) 974-7031
Historic Pulteney Point Lighthouse – Self Guided
Austin Makela, die hard socialist and founder of Kalevan Kansa, took on the duties as the first lightkeeper. Pulteney Point exists today as one of the few manned lighthouses on Canada’s west coast.
Find Road Maps to the Lighthouse at the Conference registration desk and Sointula Info Centre – good walking or hiking boots needed – trail and beach walk of medium difficulty, some over gravel and rocky beach.
Cemetery Tour – Self Guided
Many of the early settlers including Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Makela came to their final resting place in the Sointula ‘Kotoniemi’ Cemetery. Our delightful cemetery is locally owned and operated by volunteers. Over the years, many of our long time residents have been buried there. Maps and historical information will be available.
Artist’s Studio Tours – Self Guided
Malcolm Island has an eclectic array of talented artists with a wealth of creativity. You might like the opportunity to visit the artists studios. They welcome you to come by and chat about their work. If you’re looking for creations that are: painted, poured, photographed, sculpted, carved, sewn, dyed, hooked, woven, twisted, melted, crocheted, knitted, fused, felted, sketched, collaged, computerized, sawn, nailed, danced or sung, you’ll likely find it here!
Maps with Artists Studio locations and times they will be open will be provided on your arrival.
Contact: Jan Rosgen: email: email@example.com ph:(250) 973-6988
Historic Trails & Beach Walks – Self Guided
You may wish to strike out for a hike on your own. We suggest the Beautiful Bay Trail and beach. We can assure you, if you love nature and you love the ocean, you won’t be disappointed. Wear good walking boots as this hike is of medium difficulty over gravel and rocky beach. Maps and information will be available on arrival.
Free Bike Lending Service
The Mount Waddington Regional District has a free bike and helmet lending service which will be available over the conference weekend at a central location. You may want to take a ride around town or on the beach front trail along Kaleva Road.
Alert Bay U’mista Cultural Centre
If there is interest in this afternoon excursion to Alert Bay. Contact the U’Mista Museum for details.
Alert Bay is a small community linked to Sointula by ferry. It is the home of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation of northern Vancouver Island.
“U’mista” means “the return of something important.” The U’mista Cultural Centre is named for a museum that showcases a stunning collection of potlatch regalia confiscated in the early 1920s, as provincial authorities enforced a ban on this cultural and family ceremony.
This collection of First Nation artifacts is internationally known from the stunning potlatch cedar masks, coppers (family symbols of wealth), cedar masks, and fascinating historical photographs with descriptive text.
Sointula rests in a spectacular wilderness area where you will be able to experience whales, bears, sea lions, eagles, and exquisite scenery. In addition to the local tours that will be made available in association with the conference, we’d like to draw your attention to a select number of guided excursions you might like to take in while you are here on northern Vancouver Island.
Whale Watching and Wildlife Viewing
A number of companies in our area provide scheduled wildlife viewing tours and charter boating excursions. The whales are in the area at this time of year so you are likely to see these magnificent creatures.
For more information on these trips and to book your excursion, contact:
Fishing, Kayaking and Grizzly Bear Tours
While scheduled trips of these types are not available, registrants are encouraged to contact the following companies for further information regarding fishing charters, kayaking and grizzly bear tours. Trips may be dependent on minimum numbers.
Sund’s Lodge – Fishing and Whale Watching Boat Tours – Scott and Heather Sund
For additional information: contact us. Subject: Excursions