Exhibitions

history in your hands

journey through time

Dive into local lore and history in our three exhibition rooms, filled with local treasures and artifacts over 50 years old.

Explore the historical Indigenous presence on the island and the early days of Sointula through Finnish settlers’ belongings in the first room. Learn about the iconic Sointula Co-Op, established in 1909, and the remarkable town midwife who delivered over 200 babies. Dive into the vibrant world of music, plays, and town dances.

The second room offers a self-guided experience with photo albums, insights into town events like Sointula Salmon Days, and a cozy Media Centre. Sit back and choose from over 10 videos, including stories from elders, memories of locals, and highlights of our digitization work.

Don’t miss our affectionately named Rust Room, where you’ll find treasures from the island’s fishing, logging, and farming history, with an opportunity to try out a real 1905 fog-horn used at Pulteney Point Lighthouse!

Check out our Exhibitions!

Before the Finns

Before the Finns

Learn about the often untold stories of Malcolm Island, residing in the unceded Kwakwaka’wakw Territory of the ‘Namgis, Kwakiutl, and Mamalilikala First Nations.

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Sointula Co-Op

Sointula Co-Op

As the first co-op store in Western Canada, the Sointula Co-op was more than just a grocery store; it was a vital hub of community life.

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plan your visit

Every journey to Sointula begins and ends with a boat trip – it’s part of the adventure!