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Quatsino was established in 1894 by Norwegian settlers. The colonists arrived on the old wooden steamship 'Mischief' with the dream of creating a new settlement on beautiful Quatsino Sound. The community was named after Quatsino Sound.  'Quatsino' is the Anglicized name of the First Nation's Band whose traditional territory extended across the entrance to the Sound. With a one year supply of provisions and all their worldly possessions this ship-load of men, women and children choose this remote stretch of shoreline to start building their new lives.

Within two years the residents had a Government Wharf under construction and a Post Office in operation. A few years later they built their first school, a small one-room structure, which served the children of the community plus the children from outlying areas for over 30 years. Stores, hotels, sawmills, canneries and a fueling station soon opened. Even a doctors clinic, a saloon and a watch repair shop operated for a few years. The North Island's Canada Customs station operated out of Quatsino until 1974.

Today, a much quieter Quatsino strives to maintain its unique rural atmosphere. Walking the

13 km of gravel road from the centrally located Government Wharf will give visitors a good idea of the beauty and independent spirit of this community. Visit St. Olaf's Anglican Church, the original schoolhouse, now well over 100 years old. The community's current school - Quatsino Elementary - was build in 1934 and is one of the few remaining one-room schools still in use in British Columbia.

Quatsino is accessible by boat or float plane from Coal Harbour, which is a 20 minute drive from Port Hardy. If you are planning to stay overnight, a week, a month or a year, the Quatsino area offers a variety of fully furnished homes or lodges for you to enjoy. Quatsino's central location to spectacular fishing grounds enable local Charter Operators to offer the visitor a wonderful marine experience. This area is also excellent for kayaking and wildlife viewing.  Please note other visitor services are not available at this time.

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