Friday 13 April 2012

Coastal British Columbia Featured Region -- Quatsino Sound

Quatsino Sound is one of Vancouver Island's many outdoor paradises! Located on the north-west coast of Vancouver Island, this large sound is the launching off point for amazing sport fishing, marine wildlife watching and other outdoor pursuits. It offers a great variety of exploration opportunities throughout the network of protected inlets as well as access to the open west coast. There are numerous rivers and lakes in the area abundant with trout, steelhead and spawning salmon in the fall. Seventeen miles to the southwest out Quatsino Sound is the open west coast of Vancouver Island that offers spectacular fishing for salmon, halibut and other fish species. There are a number of parks in the area, including Quatsino Provincial Park and Marble River Provincial Park, as well as forestry recreation sites.

Quatsino is a quaint historical coastal community founded in the late 1800s, with approximately 60 year-round residents plus a complement of part-time and seasonal vacationers. The community is serviced with a local road, hydro electricity and telephone. There is a government wharf and post office, as well as a church and school. The area gets decent cell phone reception. 

Quatsino Sound is accessible only by water or float plane. Boat launch facilities and water taxi are available 5 miles away in Coal Harbour, which is a 20 minute drive to Port Hardy on a paved road. Port Hardy provides essential and convenient services including: a municipal airport with flights from Vancouver and Calgary and ferry service connection north to Prince Rupert. 

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