Tips for Choosing the Right Malcolm Island Lodging

Malcolm Island is a beautiful, remote island located in the heart of British Columbia. The island is known for its Finnish influences and world-class fishing. It’s also a popular destination for outdoor lovers from around the world. But whether you plan to cast a line or simply want to take in the natural beauty and enjoy a slower pace of life, you’ll first need to choose the right lodging option for you.

The island is home to just one town, called Sointula. Together, they are home to fewer than 700 year-round residents. But despite its small size, the town caters to tourists. It has a number of lodging options to choose from. This includes a hotel, Airbnbs — and, of course, a unique British Columbia fishing lodge.

Ready to start planning your next visit to British Columbia? Keep reading to learn what you need to know about choosing the right Malcolm Island lodging option for you.

Consider Your Plans

Perhaps the most important thing to consider when choosing the right Malcolm Island lodging is how you plan to spend your time. The town of Sointula has plenty of charm. But most of the activities that draw tourists to the island involve the wildlife and nature that it’s known for. 

Do you know that you’d like to cast a line or go wildlife spotting? Why not choose a Malcolm Island lodging option that provides everything you’ll need to enjoy these activities? 

With a fishing or wilderness tour package from Sointula Lodge, you’ll enjoy 4 or 5 days of fun and adventure. Whether you want to spend your days fishing, exploring the area and searching for wildlife in the water and on land, or a combination of the two, everything you need is included. 

Our experienced guides will be there to not only help you catch a fish or spot a whale, but also enhance every aspect of your visit. From learning more about this unique destination or the wildlife that you’re spotting to helping you get a great picture holding your very first salmon, they’re there every step of the way to lend a hand.

Your tour package is all-inclusive. This means that everything from the fishing gear you need to your accommodations to your meals is included. The only extras you’ll need to plan for are your transportation to and from the Lodge, your British Columbia fishing license, and tips for your wonderful guides.

Know Your Dining Options

You’ll no doubt love Sointula’s quiet charm. But one downside of this quaint, remote destination is the lack of dining options. There are a few restaurants and places to pick up groceries. However, options are limited on the island.

Are you someone who loves to eat delicious meals full of locally-sourced ingredients when you travel? Then the lack of dining options is definitely something that you’ll want to consider when choosing your Malcolm Island lodging.

Looking for five-star meals? At Sointula Lodge, they’re included. From gourmet breakfasts and four-course dinners to a beautiful beach picnic or a visit from our famous “Burger Boat,” you’ll have a chance to enjoy delicious meals that our chefs make from locally sourced ingredients, including plenty of fresh-caught seafood.

Other Sointula Dining Options

If you do opt to stay in an Airbnb or the island’s small hotel or want to extend your Sointula Lodge adventure with an overnight elsewhere on the island before or after your visit, there are a few dining options to choose from. 

The Burger Barn whips up burgers, fish and chips, and other casual food options, with outdoor dining tables available. 

Coho Joe Cafe has limited seating, but also offers carry-out and local delivery. This is a great spot to grab a cup of coffee and a fresh pastry for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up. 

If you want to get a taste of Sointula’s Finnish roots, head to Upper Crust Bakery to try some Finnish-inspired baked goods and coffee. If you’re catching the ferry to or from the island, you can pop into this bakery for a treat.

A Luxurious Experience

Getting back to nature and enjoying the remote beauty of Malcolm Island doesn’t have to mean roughing it in the island’s campground. But if you want to relax and unwind around a campfire in the evening or watch a stunning sunset from just outside of your room, head out of downtown Sointula. 

Sointula Lodge is located on 38 beautifully wooded acres. The historic Lodge was built in the mid-1900s and features a dining room with oceanfront views where you’ll enjoy dinner and cocktails each evening. Individual cabins feature private rooms with rustic decor. When you’re not on the water, you can spend your time hiking, visiting with our resident alpacas, relaxing in the hot tub or old-fashioned sauna, or even enjoying a massage.

Booking Your Malcolm Island Lodging

Now you know a few things to consider when choosing the right Malcolm Island lodging. So it’s time to book your next stay. Spots are filling up fast for the 2022 season at Sointula. Book your trip today to guarantee your choice of dates, and see for yourself the beauty that awaits you in the best British Columbia fishing lodge.