Quatsino

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Quatsino
Quatsino is located in British Columbia
Quatsino
Quatsino
Location of Quatsino in British Columbia
Coordinates: 50°32′01″N 127°36′40″W / 50.53361°N 127.61111°W / 50.53361; -127.61111Coordinates: 50°32′01″N 127°36′40″W / 50.53361°N 127.61111°W / 50.53361; -127.61111
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Quatsino is located in British Columbia
Quatsino
Quatsino
Location of Quatsino in British Columbia

Quatsino is a small hamlet of 91 people located on Quatsino Sound in Northern Vancouver Island, Canada only accessible by boat or float plane. Its nearest neighbour is Coal Harbour, to the east, about 20 minutes away by boat, and Port Alice, to the south, about 40 minutes away by boat. The largest town in the region, Port Hardy, is located about an hour northeast by boat and vehicle.

Description[edit]

The village is known to have one of British Columbia's only still-used public one room schoolhouses, a two story wooden building built in 1935. The oldest building on the North Island is also located in Quatsino, a woodland chapel called St. Olaf's Anglican Church, a popular site for weddings. It was built in 1897. Quatsino was originally settled by Norweign farmers from North Dakota who arrived via steam ship in 1894 when they answered the call to colonize, homestead and farm thirty 80-acre (320,000 m2) lots offered free through Crown Grants- publicized at the Chicago World Exposition of 1893. Soon freight service to Victoria was established, along with a post office and customs office and a government wharf. The area grew as resources were developed and the area boasted numerous mines, canneries, general stores, rental cabins, a hotel, a saloon, telegraph office and an Imperial Oil fuel station. The village was a thriving community up until the 1940s. The post office is still in operation and two cemeteries mark the history of the community. Located approximately one mile north of the community is Colony Lake, a favorite swimming spot and a popular destination for canoeing and lake trout fishing.

High speed internet via satellite arrived in the spring of 2007, replacing slow speed dial up in most of the community. The new destination for visitors to the area is the Quatsino Museum, which opened in the summer of 2007.

Tourism[edit]

Since 2003 Quatsino has become an increasingly popular destination for sports fishing, kayaking, bird watching and whale watching. There are numerous sports fishing lodges that have opened as a result.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Quatsino
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 17.5
(63.5)
19
(66)
20.5
(68.9)
28.5
(83.3)
30
(86)
33
(91)
33.9
(93)
32.2
(90)
29.5
(85.1)
22.5
(72.5)
20.6
(69.1)
16.5
(61.7)
33.9
(93)
Average high °C (°F) 6
(43)
7.6
(45.7)
9.7
(49.5)
12.2
(54)
15.1
(59.2)
17.1
(62.8)
19.7
(67.5)
20.1
(68.2)
18
(64)
12.9
(55.2)
8.2
(46.8)
6
(43)
12.7
(54.9)
Average low °C (°F) 1.2
(34.2)
1.7
(35.1)
2.3
(36.1)
3.7
(38.7)
6.1
(43)
8.6
(47.5)
10.5
(50.9)
10.9
(51.6)
9.2
(48.6)
6.6
(43.9)
3.4
(38.1)
1.6
(34.9)
5.5
(41.9)
Record low °C (°F) −16.7
(1.9)
−11.5
(11.3)
−10
(14)
−5.6
(21.9)
−2.8
(27)
−1.1
(30)
2.2
(36)
3.3
(37.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
−4.5
(23.9)
−12
(10)
−12.2
(10)
−16.7
(1.9)
Precipitation mm (inches) 335.2
(13.197)
254.7
(10.028)
221.1
(8.705)
168.7
(6.642)
100.8
(3.969)
86.6
(3.409)
48.1
(1.894)
75.2
(2.961)
133
(5.24)
305.3
(12.02)
398.5
(15.689)
365.9
(14.406)
2,492.9
(98.146)
Source: Environment Canada[1]

References[edit]

  • The Quatsino Chronicle by Gwen Hansen
  • Norwegians in the Northwest by Eric Faa
  • History of Quatsino Colony by George Nordstrom
  • Dreams of Freedom by Gordon Fish