Sointula is an isolated village on Malcolm Island. The name Sointula means 'Place of Harmony' in the Finnish language. The Finnish settlers founded the village in 1901 after rowing north from Nanaimo. The goal was to set up a utopian socialist society. By 1908, the community had disbanded; but many settlers remained. The mainstay of the population was fishing and logging. (Today there is an increased interest in tourism.) The village had over 500 people support the varous cooperative endeavours that have contributed to this small community.
The community is accessed by the BC Ferries service from Port McNeill.