Quatsino Monthly Newsletter
* created by Gwen Hansen
Meetings, Gatherings & Events:
* Quatsino Sound Tsunami Study Update Zoom meeting will be held Thursday March 2nd from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. There will be a 30-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes for questions and answers. Info poster circulated Feb. 19th.
Zoom: https://uvic.zoom.us/j/83649540263 or by phone: 1-778-907-2071 Meeting ID:836 4954 0263
* The BCOS Society will be holding its AGM on March 5th at 11:00 in the School. Everyone interested in organic gardening and keeping the Quatsino School an active part of the community is welcome to attend. Membership dues: $10.00/year.
* Quatsino Library & Living Room … after having applied for and received a Neighbourhood Small Grant the QLLR was able to purchase a card table and chairs as well as a MAHJONG Game. Beginner level classes in MAHJONG play will begin in March on Mondays at 10 am. Join us, bring lunch, coffee/tea will be available. MAHJONG is an ancient oriental game involving picture tiles and strategies that can contribute to mental health and wellbeing. JOIN US FOR MAHJONG MONDAYS. Sue
* The Kagoagh Lodge will be hosting a Community Dinner during the Easter long weekend – April 7th or 8th! Details will be circulated when confirmed.
* The Quatsino Museum & Archives will be open by request during March and will be back to regular weekend openings beginning on the Easter weekend April 8th & 9th. Call Gwen at 250-230-1544 or Dianne at 949-7879 to arrange private openings.
* The Strathcona Regional District has received the grant funding to have staff from Ocean Networks Canada bring the special documentary they have been developing called ‘Tsunami – our 11th Relative’ to Quatsino on Sunday April 16th beginning at 10:00am and includes a free lunch.
The documentary, which focuses on the First Nations history of earthquakes and tsunamis on Vancouver Island, will be preceded by a public education session.
- The QRO has purchased new replacement Pad Cartridges [$86.05] for the community’s Defibrillator which is mounted in the Bergh Cove Wharf shed.
The HeartStart OnSite AED is designed to be the easiest AED to set up and use and the most reliable defibrillator available. Using the defibrillator is simple. Pulling the green handle powers-up the defibrillator and activates voice instructions. These instructions are paced to your actions, to help guide you through the entire process, from placing pads on the patient to delivering a defibrillation shock.
Please let your guests and visitors know it is available for emergency use 24/7.
- [For those who missed the half page North Island Gazette article on Feb. 8, 2023] (very briefly…) On Christmas Eve, at around 10:30am, Alan and Heather Johnson witnessed an amazing event just 300 feet off their beach. Three killer whales were attacking a humpback whale! ‘It was very intense, I mean, there was no slacking off’. While the two smaller killer whales kept attacking the humpback from the side, the largest orca – which Alan describes as one of the largest he’s ever seen – would breach straight up and
then fall straight down on the humpback. This happened about four or five times. After about half an hour “everything went quiet, absolutely quiet’.
Jackie Hildering, a humpback whale researcher from the area’s Marine Education and Research Society, stated that humpback whales are ‘fight whales’ and instead of fleeing such encounters they typically hold their ground.
As no physical evidence of a kill has been reported, and to date there has been no confirmed deaths of a humpback whale due to a killer whale attack off BC’s coast, it was suggested that the whale likely survived. [NIG article was written by Debra Lynn]
- CityWest, the development partner and part owner of the Connected Coast’s fiberoptics underwater cable project, held a Zoom meeting on Jan. 20th with the Board of RECN, our local internet provider. Under discussion was the proposal for CityWest to partner with or assimilate RECN.
The Connected Coast cable will be arriving soon to the drop site next to the Bergh Cove Public Wharf. This portion of the project is currently under permit review by the province, and it’s expected to be released for construction sometime near the end of April. Based on that forecast there is a mid-June timeline for the cable to arrive in Quatsino.
- The Spring edition of the Quatsino Homes & Properties for Sale list will be circulated March 20th.
If you would like to add, delete, or amend a listing please let me know before March 18th. Gwen
- The RCMP vehicle, parked across from the Bergh Cove Wharf, was hauled out for repair/replacement in January. No word when/if it will be returned.
- Registration for annual use at the Bergh Cove Public Wharf (BCPW) is now open. Please use the vessel moorage forms in the wharf shed and submit them in the drop-box.
Bergh Cove Public Wharf 2023 moorage fees:
Day Use………….. $ 1.00 per foot per day
Annual Use ……. $10.00 per foot per year
Questions/comments/concerns? Contact the RDMW office at 250-956-3301. RDMW
- From the Quatsino Library & Living Room … the Library space will have a “FREE TABLE” with seasonal
and good quality items available to visitors for the taking. Guests can donate or acquire and re-home. repurpose items. Gardening items will be available in March, small plant pots, seeds, starter trays etc. Sue
- The MWRD held a Zoom meeting with the Quatsino Advisory Commission members on Feb. 7th to review 2022 activities and the proposed 2023 budgets for the Bergh Cove Public Wharf and the Quatsino Transfer Station & Recycling Depot.
* More than half of the wharf users paid their moorage fees during 2022 and $1,600 was collected.
* Decals will be issued to those who have paid their annual moorage fees.
* It has been 5 years since an engineering assessment report has been done on the wharf. $11th will be set aside for a new assessment report so a new 5-year plan for upkeep and maintenance work can be created.
*Treated pilings from the Island Copper Mine will be acquired and stock-piled for future wharf piling replacement use.
* The last scrap metal haul-out cost Quatsino $1,800.00. The next haul-out will be arranged when feasible.
* The 2022 cost of hauling Quatsino’s garbage to 7- Mile Pit was $2,681.00. The RD managed to find funding to cover half the cost. Quatsino’s annual tax contribution is based on one haul-out/year. Right now, we are sending out the equivalent to 1 ½ loads/yr. As a result, Quatsino’s tax rate for this service will need to go up.
* Additional items have been added to what can be dropped off at the Recycling Depot.
The more items NOT thrown in the garbage bin the lower our taxes will be in the future.
* A fenced in area will be built next to the Recycling Depot to safely store household hazardous wastes.
- Thank you to all for the many donations of books to the library. Our collection of donated DVDs is growing as well, if you have DVDS available to donate (or working DVD players) they would be welcome, we have numerous guests with DVD players who do not have reliable or affordable access to the internet and can enjoy movies and documentaries in this way. - Sue
- An effort is being made to record the history of all Quatsino’s homes - past and present.
If everyone could send in photos of your homes plus a brief history of the building (when built/hauled in, by whom, when additions and modifications made, and so on), you will be helping preserve a valuable part of our history.
Also, if you have information on past homes in Quatsino please feel free to send that in too.
Send to Quatsino.email@example.com or drop them off at the Museum.
Photos and histories will be compiled and put on display at the Quatsino Museum & Archives this summer. Thank you! QAA
- March’s highest tide:
3.9m (12.8ft) on Mar. 23rd at 2:31 am PDT.
0.5m (1.6 ft) on Mar. 19th at 6:23 pm PDT.
- Spring arrives on March 20th. This is the day to check your emergency evacuation Grab ‘n Go Bags, change the batteries in your smoke detectors and check your fire extinguishers. Be Prepared! QEPT
- Drop off lightly used items you would like to share with your friends and neighbours at the Quatsino Museum’s ‘Trading Post’ / Free Store. Open 24/7. Please remember that the building isn’t suited for cloth or paper items. QAA
- The QRO’s Quatsino Telephone Directory has been revised and updated for 2023 and can be purchased at the Post Office or the Museum - $1.00. QRO
- If you see a whale entangled or in distress, please call the Fisheries Hotline 24/7: 1-800-465-4336.
- Since EMERGENCY access to the Fire Hall equipment is available to the community 24/7 everyone is reminded to report all use so equipment can be checked & service upon return. QRO
- The QFN Marina in Coal Harbour provides free day moorage for Quatsino residents. Check the wharf’s notice board for designated free tie-up sites.
- If you encounter a wild animal behaving aggressively or causing damage to your property, please call the Wildlife Conservation Officer at 1-877-952-7277. Also call Gwen at 250-230-1544 so a Quatsino Alert can be circulated. QEPT
- QUATSINO LIFE group facebook page is available for all to post positive and promotional and informational posts that celebrate our community and keep people informed. Currently we have about 215 members including friends, family, guests, visitors, neighbours. Sue Mohler
- Quatsino Transfer and Recycling Station QTRS: Open Sundays from 9:00am to 11:00am.
The friendly attendant is encouraging EVERYONE TO RECYCLE EVERYTHING (pretty much). Sue Mohler
- The Quatsino Library & Living Room (QLLR) will be open through March from 10:00am until the last drop! Sue Mohler
Looking for Work? / Looking to Hire?
- Old Quatsino Falling Inc. is fully certified and available for tree falling services. Brushing and clearing also available, Contact Kaity at 250-949-1155 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for estimates and more info.
- The RD would like to talk to individuals or groups interested in taking on the permanent contracts for the Bergh Cove Public Wharf Facility wharfinger (3hr/week) and the Quatsino Transfer Station & Recycling Depot attendant (3hr/week). Patrick Donaghy at 250-230-1505 / email@example.com.
Note: Mary Catherine Halvorsen’s new email address – firstname.lastname@example.org .
Buy? / Sell? / Free? / Trade? / Rent?
- For Sale * REDUCED: 2004 Fifth wheel camper. $5,000 obo. Sleeps 5. Toilet, sink, tub, and shower. Fridge & stove - 3way: 12 volts, electric, and propane. Contact Di at 250-949-7879 / email@example.com.
- We would like to know if anyone is planning on having a well drilled. Maybe we would go in on it.
Contact Shari Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wanted: We are looking for dry firewood for sale. Contact Shari.
- For Sale: We have a 10’ bombard zodiac that has recently had the floor redone professionally (motor not included). We’re asking $800, or trade for firewood, machinery work, wood chipping, etc. etc.
Contact Salal at email@example.com.
- Wanted: Water tank. Minimum 500 gallons. Contact Salal.
- Gina’s Pizza – Tired of cooking? Choose any two toppings for just $25.00 - including delivery!
Call 902-0434 any day from 4:00pm – 9:00pm.
- The BCOS ORGANIC garlic fundraiser: 8oz / 250g bags @ $7.00. Good for planting or for eating! Available at the Library on Sundays or call Gwen to arrange pick-up. Thank you! BCOS
Roses / Raspberries:
A Rose to Eva Halls for winning a Star 1 Gold Ribbon at the Skate Canada’s Vancouver Island Regional Competition in Nanaimo on Feb. 3rd & 4th. A&GH
History: 128 years ago, in Quatsino
‘A Beehive of Activity’ from the History of Quatsino Colony by George Nordstrom
“All along the shoreline from Hecate Cove for a distance of three miles westward you could hear the forest ringing with a noise of axes, cross-cut saws and building. Smoke from large bon-fires were in evidence everywhere. Log houses and shake houses of various types were rapidly springing up and row-boats were constantly going between Coal Harbour and the new location, carrying baggage and furniture so as to enable the women and children to move into their new homes. Everybody seemed to be happy and satisfied.”
This Community Newsletter is compiled and circulated by the Quatsino Residents’ Organization
ARCHIVE - June 01, 2022-
Meetings, Gatherings & Events:
* The Quatsino Museum & Archives will be open
every weekend from 1:00pm to 2:00pm during June.
Stop by for a visit, to ask questions, to look around
or to do some shopping. Call Gwen (250-230-1544)
or Di (250-949-7879) to arrange additional openings.
The next Museum meeting: Sat. June 11th at 10:00.
* Quatsino Library & Living Room will be open every
Sunday from 9:00am until 2:00pm during Spring &
Summer. Coffee, tea, espressos, lattes, and baked
goods are available. DONATIONS GRATEFULLY
Drop off your used books for others to enjoy and
borrow some new books to add to your summer
* Fabulous Kagoagh Lodge Dinners ($35) and
Buffets ($40) are now being offering every evening
from June 2nd until Sept. 20th. Bar opens at 5:30pm
and dinner is served at 6:30pm.
For menu options and to make your dinner
reservation please contact Gina at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-902-0434.
* The first ‘Crafting Social’ will take place on Sunday
June 5th from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at the School. Bring
whatever crafty projects you are working on and
enjoy a quiet hour with like-minded people. There
will be sewing machines available on site.
Everyone is welcome! – Kim Justinen 949-9922
* The community is invited to a Baby Shower for
Nicole & baby boy Fox on Sunday, June 12th at 11:00
in the Library. If you would like to contribute vegan
canapés or finger food, please contact Di at 250-949-
7879 or email@example.com.
* There will be a Lake Trail work party on Saturday,
th starting at 1:00. On the to-do-list: brush
cutting, trail raking, ditching and/or corduroying wet
sections, picnic area tidy-up, and outhouse painting.
Everyone who enjoys using these trails is asked to
come out and help – the more volunteers the
better!! Contact Gwen with questions or suggestions
250-230-1544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can find the ‘Quatsino Days - June 27th to July
3rd, 2022’ attached poster on community bulletin
boards around the community and on the Quatsino
Life facebook page. Event details will be circulated
June 13th & 20th Go to email@example.com to
reserve your $15 Fishing Derby and/or BBQ tickets
- The Spring maintenance check & servicing of the
equipment at the Quatsino Fire Hall on May 8th
brought out a good number of community minded
volunteers. Thank-you to Andrew, Donnie, Nancy,
Perrie, JP, Ron, Dianne & Maya!
We all depend on this gear to be in good working
order 24/7 and the community needs to know how
to access, transport and operate the equipment in
case of an emergency. If you have any questions,
contact Andrew at 250-230-0827.
Next equipment check will be in the Fall.
- The Quatsino Museum has recently purchased and
downloaded 12 more of Ben Leeson’s historic
Quatsino photos from the VPL- all taken between
1908 & 1918. Come & check them out!
- A solar lighting system for the Fire Hall has been
ordered and will be installed mid-June. Thank you to
the RDMW for the grant funding to enable the Fire
Hall to go green. QRO
- The Bergh Cove Public Wharf recently received a
lighting upgrade to an LED system with other works
planned for this spring/summer. To help fund the
wharf’s maintenance in the long term, please
continue to register all moored vessels as per Bylaw
982. There’s a drop-box in the wharf shed. RDMW
- The Transfer Station’s ‘big green garbage bin’ was
tapped down and the scrap metal pile tidied up on
May 23rd making more room for more garbage &
metal that can be hauled out for proper disposal
Another haul-out of mega totes full of recycling –
plus fish-totes full of old paint, oil & solvents - will be
happening within the next week-or-so –.... at NO
cost to the community! Well done everyone!
- The MWRD is organizing a community wide scrap
metal haul-out. The Transfer Station’s huge scrap
metal pile plus any scrap metal items hiding around
the community will be taken out for recycling.
So far there are 8-10 pickup trucks and several
larger machines - a skidder and a loader, as well as
some smaller random metal objects.
If you have anything that you want to add to the
scrap metal inventory list, contact Sue at
Once a haul-out date is confirmed, the community
will be notified, at which point these metals should
be brought close to the road or to the transfer
- The Northwest Vancouver Island Tsunami Risk
Assessment Project: Phase 2, which focuses on the
populated & recreational areas around Quatsino
Sound, Nootka & Kyuquot, is currently underway:
*Tsunami Safe workshops are being held at 8 local
schools. *A film crew is documenting First Nations
memories and legends of past tsunami events.
*Twenty-five detailed interactive maps of
communities and recreational sites showing
maximum tsunami inundation times, speeds and
heights during a local Cascadia and a distant Alaskan
tsunami event are being creating and will be posting
online. *Metal signage will be created for each site
showing hazard zones and safe rally sites.
A project crew will be visiting Quatsino sometime
during the summer to meet the community and talk
over their findings and discuss risk reduction &
management. Date and time will be posted. QEPT
- The QFN Marina’s marine fueling station in Coal
Harbour is now open every day from 7:00am –
Note: Effective immediately fuel can no longer be
charged on account. Call the Marina Office at 250-
949-6870 with questions.
- The QUATSINO LIFE facebook page now has 176
members. All members can post positive and
promotional community info and local events. SM
- Trail maps have been installed at the head of the
‘Colony Lake Trail’ and the ‘Bergh Road Trail’ plus at
the intersections of the new .5km ‘Connector Trail’.
The maps show the distances between each trail
map plus the distance to make a full circle loop along
Quatsino Road (4.27km). The ‘Bergh Road Trail’ and
‘Connector Trail’ are a bit challenging but pass by
such spectacular ancient cedar snags & trees that it
is well worth it. QRO
- Quatsino’s highest tide this month: June 15th, at
12:14am @ 4m [13ft], and our lowest tide: June
15th at 7:20am @ -0.2m [-0.7in].
- Fridges, freezers and ice makers DO NOT GO on the
METAL PILE. There is a reserved spot for them
marked with a sign "OZONE DEPLETING
APPLIANCES" where they can be processed
properly before being dumped on the pile.
- If you encounter a wild animal behaving
aggressively or causing damage to your property
please let me know asap so the community can be
alerted. Gwen 250-230-1544.
- The community’s Emergency Defibrillator is
located in the glass fronted lock box in the Bergh
Cove Wharf’s shed. A break hammer it attached to
the lock box.
Hello / Goodbye:
Goodbye to Colleen! Good luck on your new
Hello Salal and Jules! Welcome to the community!
Goodbye Jonathan! Hope you will have some good
memories of your short stay in Quatsino. GH
Looking for Work? / Looking to Hire?
- The RDMW is still looking for individual(s) to fulfill
the roles of Bergh Cove Public Wharfinger and
Quatsino Transfer Station/Recycling Depot
Attendant. Each role requires a minimum of just 3
hrs/week with the option of doing added time as
needed. The successful applicant will be an
independent contractor and will receive $24.00/hr.
Also needed: someone to help-out with small
projects at the wharf when needed.
Questions? Or to apply please contact Patrick
Donaghy at 250-230-1505 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Buy? / Sell? / Free? / Trade / Rent?:
- Gina’s Pizza – Tired of cooking? Just getting in and
need a quick dinner? Choose any two toppings for just
$25.00 - including delivery!
Call 902-0434 any day from 4:00pm – 9:00pm.
- For Sale: 5 cu.ft. freezer in good working order
available to a good home. Contact Susan at
- Looking to buy/rent: A double kayak or two single
kayaks with paddles for gentle inshore use during
July and August. Contact Gwen – 250-230-1544.
- For Sale 2014 Bobcat S770 with all attachments
(forks, tree jib, rock breaker, auger, 4 way bucket,
snow bucket, receiver mount) ready to work
today! Machine has new motor with less than 200
hours on it. Work done at West Terra in Nanaimo.
Asking $50, 000 for complete set-up.
Call or text Randy Peterson @ 778-348-7499.
- For Sale: 2006 Ford Expedition, automatic, 4WD,
211,000 kms. $3,000.00.
Call or text Mark at 250-230-3710.
- By Donation: Rhubarb in the BCOS garden is ready
for harvesting! Drop donations in garden shed
‘LETTER’ drop-box. Thank you! BCOS
- Property for Sale: W-435 – 4-bedroom home
(across from Sherberg Island) with a drilled well and
septic on 4.5 acres of semi cleared land and 200ft
waterfront. Contact Ingrid for more info at
email@example.com or call 250-203-4248.
- For Sale: 2004 Fifth wheel camper. Was $17,000
Blue Book price - now $10,000 *negotiable*. Sleeps
5. Toilet, sink, tub, and shower. Fridge & stove -
3way: 12 volts, electric, and propane. Contact Di at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-949-7879.
- Property Wanted: Lifelong Gulf Island recluse
seeking calmer waters and looking forward to
participating in the community as a year-round
resident. Although recently retired, my background
is in wooden boatbuilding, house building/repairs
and fixing anything that needs fix'n. I am looking for
a waterfront acreage with some privacy.... cabin
would be fine..... some shop space and a gardening
area would be good. If you're thinking of selling or
you know of anything in the area for sale - please call
Michael at 250-335-1135 or
- Property for Sale: W-140 (next door to the School).
3.76 acres. Undeveloped. Drilled well. Terrific view
of Bergh Cove. $182,500. Contact Iona at
email@example.com for more info.
- For Sale: Split firewood @ $200 a truck load.
For information contact Kaity @ 250-949-1155-
- Check out the lovely new Quatsino Oceanfront
Guest Cabin listed on VRBO,
(vancouverislandnorth.ca) the tourism folks, &
- For Sale: Forest topsoil. Call Andrew 230-0827
Roses / Raspberries:
* A ROSE to John Tyler and Mark Van Mulligen for
removing the freezer left on the Bergh Cove Wharf
many months ago. DR
* ROSES to Donnie and Perrie for finding, towing,
milling, delivering and installing cedar boards around
all the raised garden beds at the School! BCOS
* ROSES to cash sponsors of the 1st Annual Quatsino
Days. Many thanks to Sandra Masales & Sarah Baron
of Royal LePage Advance Realty in Port Hardy, to
Gina & Tyler at Kagoagh Lodge, and to the Sweeneys
at Quatsino Lodge & Eagle Manor. These welcome
funds will help cover the cost of a community BBQ,
decorations, prizes, and other supplies. SM
* A ROSE to Gwen for trying to keep the grass and
brush around the community under control. DR
* A ROSE to the Hecate Cove Lodge for donating
little rose bushes for the School’s front flower bed.
* A RASPBERRY to the FIVE bears that have started
dumpster-diving into the Big Green Garbage Bin at
the Transfer Station when it is opened on Sundays
from 9:00am – 11:00am! Everyone needs to be alert
when on site & remember to securely latch the
Recycling Depot after use. SM
History: Memories from Axel Hansen – Holberg
resident 1917 – 1938 ...
“Port Alice was Rev. William Govier’s headquarters
(1906-1951). From there he made frequent visits to
Coal Harbour, Quatsino, Holberg, Port Hardy, San
Josef and Cape Scott. He would come to Holberg on
my Dad’s mail & grocery boat – spend the night at
our place and then set off calling on people along the
way north. It was 25 miles from Holberg to Cape
Scott and my Dad usually found some excuse to
deliver groceries or mail and take the Rev. along to
the end of the road at (Bernt) Ronnings. Then he had
to hoof it the rest of the way. He was a small man –
about 5’3” and 120lbs.
He organized the Anglican Church in Quatsino
when the school moved from there to the present
site (1931). It had no official name ‘till the early
1950’s when it was dedicated by Bishop P-- . He said
as Quatsino was originally a Norwegian settlement
the Church should have a Norse name and ‘Olaf’ was
the only Norse Saint he could find.
Rev Govier also pioneered the Church on the
(Quattishe) Indian Reserve – it was also used as a
Govier eventually had a motorboat to help him on
his trips – but a mariner he was not! He would
approach the dock at full speed – throw out the
clutch and put it into reverse. Bystanders were
always very nervous as he approached!
This book (Canadian Boy Scouts of Canada) was
given to me (11 years old Axel Hansen) by Rev.
There was an active scout troop at Port Alice and
Rev. Govier was active in it. In 1928 he took about a
dozen scouts on a 3-week camping trip to San Josef.
Various places also sent some boys – me included –
some from Jeune Landing, Coal Harbour and
The gang arrived on a tug from Port Alice, picking
up boys along the way, overnighted at Holberg, and
the next day set out for San Josef Bay. My Dad and
his 1919 Model T Ford made several trips conveying
baggage and boys as far as (Bernt) Ronnings. Then
we footed it to San Joe.
The beach was a good way beyond the Government
Wharf. Provisions were to arrive on the Mail Boat
that ran 2 or 3 times a week from Quatsino. Just as
we arrived the Mail Boat hove into sight - the ‘Kinky
Kid” with Eugene Falck at the helm. He took us all on
board and sailed us to the beach – where we camped
for 3 weeks. It was a great experience of course.
We had to do our own dishes. Some bright lad
discovered if you threw your tin or enamel plate &
mug into the surf it would, after a short time, be
washed up on the beach in spotless condition.
We cooked over an open fire. One day the pole
carrying the bucket of boiling potatoes caught fire
and collapsed. A nearby lad scalded his feet
Two days after returning home I had a severe case
of measles – as did several others. My Mother said in
my delirious state I kept saying ‘In San Josef the
waves keep breaking!!”
~ Quatsino Museum & Archives
* Compiled, circulated by email to Quatsino’s residents and property owners, posted on local bulletin boards, and
printed for pick-up at the Quatsino Post Office by the Quatsino Residents’ Organization.
ARCHIVE April 2022 Newsletter
Meetings, Gatherings & Events:
* The ‘Tsunami Preparedness Week’ High Ground Hike - April 10-16, 2022 - is hosted by Prepared BC. Get tsunami prepared and enter to win prizes! To participate in Quatsino’s High Ground Hike:
1. Between April 10th and 16th - go to one of Quatsino’s NINE tsunami-safe High Ground Rally Sites. This location is where you need to go to be safe during a tsunami alert. (map is included on pg. 4)
2. Take a selfie showing the Rally Site sign to prove you were there.
3. Post your selfie on ‘ PreparedBC ‘ - Facebook or Twitter - under #HighGroundSelfie22, and you'll be entered to win one of 47 prizes from PreparedBC.
1 of 2 Preparedness kits for 4
1 of 4 Preparedness kits for 2
1 of 5 phone charger kits
1 of 6 Grab-&-Go-Bag starter kits
1 of 10 waterproof headlamps
1 of 20 phone banks
4. Add #QuatsinoHGH to win one of 4 additional prizes.
1 of 2 PreparedBC backpacks
1 hand crank/battery/solar-powered radio
1 WorkSafeBC Basic First Aid Kit
For full contest rules go to: www.preparedbc.ca/highgroundhike
* The Quatsino Museum & Archives will be opened from 12:00pm to 4:30pm during the Easter Long-weekend (April 16, 17 & 18) then every weekend from 1:00 – 2:00 for the rest of spring.
* The next Community Dinner at Kagoagh Lodge will be on Saturday April 16th . Bar opens at 5:30pm and dinner is served at 6:30pm. For details and to RSVP please contact Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* If you would like to help plan & organize the July long weekend ‘Quatsino Days’ stop in at the Library on Sunday April 17th at 10:00.
* On Easter Sunday, April 17th, Lars Justinen will be playing traditional pipe organ hymns on his digital keyboard for 2 hours, from noon to 2pm. Everyone is welcomed to drop in for a few minutes of Easter meditation in St. Olaf’s Church. Enjoy this informal opportunity to enjoy a few traditional pipe organ melodies in this special environment.
* There will be a virtual public information session to mark the start of Phase 2 of the ‘Northwest Vancouver Island (tsunami) Risk Assessment Project’ on Wednesday April 27th from 7-8pm via Zoom (link below). You are receiving this invitation because you live in a community that is part of Phase 2. There will be a 30-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes for questions and answers. · Online via Zoom link - https://uvic.zoom.us/j/88473290914 · Telephone 778-907-2071 / Meeting ID: 884 7329 0914
Should you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact Project Manager Soroush Kouhi, PhD at email@example.com or 250- 472-5400
* The next General Meeting of the Quatsino Archives Association (QAA) will be on Saturday, April 30th at 1:00pm in the Museum. Everyone is welcome! - 2022 Membership dues: $10.00
- Many of us in Quatsino are troubled by the recent conflict in Ukraine and have chosen to show our support by donating to the Red Cross’s
Ukrainian Relief Fund. If you are interested in doing the same you can do so from their website: https://www.redcross.ca/donate/appe
al/donate-to-the-ukraine, or call at 1-800-418-1111, or text UKRAINE to 20222. QRO
- A supply of Emergency Dehydrated food for our Reception Centre at the School has arrived. Thank you to the RDMW for covering the cost!
Also, the Bergh Cove Organic Schoolyard (BCOS) has covered the cost (+ $200.00) of a small propane burner & tank for the Reception
Centre. Thank you BCOS members! QRO
- Connected Coast Project update: ‘The construction of the backbone fibre optics undersea cable project started on the northern segment of the BC Coast and will be moving south as permits allow.The Quatsino landing site is planned to be constructed and ready for community connection in the spring of 2023. We are hopeful that the West Coast portion of Vancouver Island cable will be connected to community landing sites by the summer of 2023,however, it is dependent upon the permitting process. I would encourage you to sign up for our alerts and quarterly updates. Here is the latest update: https://connectedcoast.ca/news/.There is a signup at the bottom of the page, along with our social media accounts.Please reach out if you have any questions regarding the Connected Coast project or the last mile infrastructure that will connect homes
and businesses to the Connected Coast high-speed internet.’ Renée – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Quatsino’s 2022 (blue) ‘Telephone Directory’ can be purchased at the Post Office or at the
Museum - $1.00.
- The Quatsino Library & Living Room is open every Sunday from 10:00 to 1:00. Coffee, tea, and goodies available by donation.
- A red Honda gas-powered portable winch, valued at $3,000.00, was taken from an outbuilding next to the home of Josh Solga &
Kaity Woodworth (E-195b) sometime between March 8th and March 22nd. The police have been notified. If you have any information, please call the Port Hardy RCMP at 250-949-6335.
- The Museum’s last haul-out of refundable bottles & cans brought in almost $1,600.00! All well rinsed refundable beverage containers (juice, booze, water, pop, milk, and plant-based milk) can be dropped off in the covered sorting area behind the Museum or in a designated box
inside the Recycling Depot. Thank you to all who donate to this ongoing fundraiser! QAA
- There is a new AIRBNB listed for Quatsino! Check out- ‘Seaside Oceanfront Guest Cottage’.
- The MWRD is organizing a scrap metal haul-out. An inventory of the scrap metals and vehicles that are lying around Quatsino would
be beneficial. Pictures, locations and/or metal weight estimates are all relevant information and can be sent to email@example.com.
When the MWRD has a haul-out date confirmed these metals should be brought close to the road or to the transfer station. RDMW
- The hazardous waste cans and containers at the Transfer Station have been re-sorted into the ‘new’ donated fish totes and will be shipped
out with the next garbage, recycling, or scrap metal haul-out. Residents should keep bringing these kinds of wastes to the transfer station for
safe disposal. RDMW
- To join the facebook page "Quatsino Life" search: https://www.facebook.com/groups/294641568548902//
- The Bergh Cove Public Wharf’s bylaw is in effect and all moored users must register their vessels as per Bylaw 982. Moored users are monitored, and a compliance procedure is being developed. Please register your vessels using the drop-box in the wharf shed. RDMW
- When dropping off your kitchen food waste in the compost barrel beside the Recycling Depot remember give it a few twirls so the composting
process can work. [NO plastic bags!] - Old books are recyclable in Quatsino’s Recycling Depot and a specific tote is set aside for them. This includes hardcover books,encyclopedias, and paperbacks.
- As of Oct. 29, 2021, proof of vaccine is required to ride aboard the ‘mail boat’. This is a Canada Post mandate as Canada Post charters the watertaxi to pick-up and deliver Quatsino’s mail. The maximum 5-person capacity per trip is still ineffect so reserve early.
- If you see any issues with the Colony Lake Trail, the Lake Picnic Area & outhouse, or the Bergh Road Trail please do what you can to
make them safe anor contact the QRO if needed so a work party can be organized.
- Our highest tide this month: Apr. 20th, at 2:22am @ 3.9m [12ft 10in], and our lowest tide: Apr. 19th at 8:32am @ 0.2m [8in].
Looking for Work / Looking to Hire:
- The RDMW is still looking for an individual or group to fulfill the roles of Bergh Cove Public Wharfinger and Quatsino Transfer Station/Recycling Depot Attendant. The two roles will require a minimum of three hours each per week for a total of six hours per week. The successful applicant will be an independent contractor and will be paid $24.00/hr. Questions? contact Patrick Donaghy at 250-230-1505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buy? / Sell? / Free? / Trade?
- FOR SALE – Concrete gravel mix “Quatsino Navvy”. $100 per cubic yard (around 1.5 tons) contact Andrew @ 230-0827.
- FOR SALE - 2006 Ford Expedition, automatic, 4WD, 211,000 kms. $3,000.00. Call or text Mark at 250-230-3710
- PROPERTY WANTED: Lifelong Gulf Island recluse seeking calmer waters and looking forward to participating in the community as a
year-round resident. Although recently retired, my background is in wooden boatbuilding, house building/repairs and fixing anything that
needs fix'n. I am looking for a waterfront acreage with some privacy.... cabin would be fine..... some shop space and a gardening area
would be good. If you're thinking of selling or you know of anything in the area for sale -
please call Michael at 250 335 1135 or email email@example.com.
- FREE - Five small outdoor bamboo bushes free to a good home. Bring a shovel! Kim 949-9922
-Anyone have any extra-large plant pots they are no longer using? I would like to put them to use at the community garden.
Even the blue floats that are sawed in half! Kim @ 949-9922
- Split firewood for sale. $200 a truck load. For more information contact Kaity @ 250-949-1155
-Does anyone have fishing net floats or crab net floats that they no longer need or are no longer usable? Would like for decorative purposes only,
so can be in rough shape. Thanks. Kim 949-9922
- FOR SALE: 10 cu. Ft. freezer, 25HP Husky air compressor and a dbl. bed frame. Call or text 519-301-3355 or visit E-3-60. Colleen Jaques
Roses / Raspberries:
* ROSES to Andrew Hansen, Colleen Jaques, Mike Addison, and Sue & Allen Mohler for helping to quickly cleaning up the mess left at Ken Harvie’s home on Mar. 13th. GH
History: Aug. 1988 – house fire on Drake Island.
“I had a good fire going when the chimney flared up. I should have taken the fire extinguisher and shot it into the front of the fire box. That would
have put out the fire in a hurry. Little bits of creosote kept catching fire and flying out the chimney. Wherever they landed on the roof a small fire would break out. I took off my leather shoes so I wouldn’t slip and climbed onto the roof with the hose. There wasn’t a nozzle on the end, so I used my thumb to spray the water onto the hot spots. Soon the roof was ablaze, and I got a waft of hot air that almost knocked me over. I could
have fallen forward and gone right through the burning roof, so I decided to get off there in a hurry.
Back inside I tried to get the fire extinguisher off the kitchen cabinet. I pulled it so hard that the whole side fell off and all my dishes smashed
on the floor. Another extinguisher was on the other wall but when I touched it, it was too hot to use. My 22 was beside it - must have cost $40.00. The wood butt would have been cool enough to hold if I’d have thought of it, but I didn’t, so that went up in smoke too. I should have saved the table and 8 chairs probably worth $100.00 but I left them too. The propane fridge could have been saved too. All I needed to do was push it over and it would have been out the door. The fortunate thing was I’d been sorting through my papers and books on my bed for quite a while. It was so crowded on the bed I hardly had a place to sleep. I grabbed all four corners of the sheet and bundled the works out into the yard. I took another bundle of things out too, but I guess I didn’t put them far enough away because they all got scorched. ...” – John Donaldson (from a Sept. 26, 1992, interview)
John, a fisherman for 40 years, survived three house fires (Vancouver - 1912, Drake Island - 1964 & 1988) and Quatsino’s West-End mud slide (Nov. 9, 1989), in each he lost basically all his possessions and yet he freely gave his money to those he felt needed it. He passed away in
Quatsino Oct. 27, 1992, at the age of 91.
~ Quatsino Museum and Archives
Compiled & circulated by email to Quatsino’s residents and property owners, posted on local bulletin boards, and
printed for pick-up at the Quatsino Post Office, by the Quatsino Residents’ Organization. 2022 Membership: $20.00.
ARCHIVE: March 2022
Meetings, Gatherings & Events:
* The Bergh Cove Organic Schoolyard (BCOS) will be holding its AGM on Saturday, March 5th at 11:00am in the School. Everyone is welcome!
* The Quatsino Library & Living Room is open Sundays from 10:00 to 1:00. Masks required.
* For now - the Quatsino Museum & Archives will be opened to the public only on request by calling Gwen @230-1544 or Di @949-7879. Masks required.
* The Kagoagh Lodge is hoping to restart their monthly Community Dinners in April. Check on the ‘Quatsino Life’ facebook page for details.
- The RDMW is providing our Emergency Preparedness Team with funds to purchase a supply of Emergency Dehydrated food for our Reception Centre at the School. In the event of a major disaster our community will need to be self-sufficient for many days before help can arrive.
- Daylight Savings Time begins on March 13th... time to change the batteries in all your smoke detectors, check all your fire extinguishers and check & updateyour Emergency ‘Grab and Go’ bags. This is also a good time to do your Emergency High Ground Evacuation drill – time yourself as you take your Grab & Go bags & the misc. items you plan to take and walk to your nearest high ground rally site.
- The Quatsino Archives Association (QAA) held its AGM on Sat., Feb. 12th. The AGM Financial Report & Minutes have been sent out to all members and the Charity Information Return plus BC Society Annual Report have been submitted. Membership $10.00.
- The ‘Quatsino Telephone Directory’ has been updated for 2022. You can pick up a copy at the Post Office or at the Museum @ $1.00.
- The Museum had a haul-out of refundable bottles & cans on Feb. 10th. Over the past nine months people have dropped off 17 mega totes worth of refundables! Once again Emmett has donated his services to barge everything over to Coal Harbour.
- The QRO will use all the QF&RS bank balance plus its own funds to pay off the final $290.00 BC Hydro bill for the Fire Hall. In the long term this annual cost is beyond the QROs financial capability and so the Fire Hall’s power has been disconnected. The Fire Hall will soon be going GREEN by using RDMW Grant Funding to purchase and install a solar lighting system.
- Quatsino’s July 1st Long Weekend Celebration is being organized by the QRO as an opportunity to bring our community together. If you have ideas for fun outdoor activities and/or would like to help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
- BC Return-it-Centers have a long list of refundable beverage containers they are now accepting: https://www.return-it.ca/beverage/products/ In Quatsino refundable beverage containers can be dropped off behind the Museum. Our ‘Quatsino Homes & Properties for Sale’ list for Spring - 2022 has been circulated & posted on our community Notice Boards. If you have anything to add to our next list, please contact: email@example.com Bergh Cove Organic Schoolyard (BCOS) has only 2 raised garden beds left to rent for the next growing season - $15.00/bed. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There is a new AIRBNB listed for Quatsino! Check it out- ‘Seaside Oceanfront Guest Cottage’.
- Reminder - when dropping off your kitchen food waste in the compost barrel beside the Recycling Depot remember give it a few twirlers so the composting process can work. [NO plastic bags!]
- To join the facebook page "Quatsino Life" search: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2946415685489
- Anyone five years of age or older is eligible for the Covid vaccine. You can book your appointment online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated or call 1-833-838-2323.
- If you see any issues with the Colony Lake Trail, the Lake Picnic Area & outhouse, or the Bergh Road Trail please do what you can to make them safe or contact the QRO so a work party can be organized.
- Quatsino’s average snow fall during the month of March is 22.94cm (9”) – last year we had 20cm (8”) of snow overnight on March 14th!
- Our highest tide this month: Mar. 2nd, at 12:17pm @ 3.9m [12ft 9.5in], and our lowest tide: Mar. 2nd at
6:53pm @ 0.4m [1ft. 3.7in]. Buy? / Sell? / Free? / Trade?
-FOR SALE - 2006 Ford Expedition, automatic, 4WD, 211,000 kms. $3,000.00. Call or text Mark- 230-3710
-FOR SALE - Alder firewood logs. Short logging truckload, approx. 4 to 5 cords - delivered.
$150 per load. Contact Andrew @ 250-230-0827
-FREE - Five small outdoor bamboo bushes free to a good home. Bring a shovel! Kim 949-9922
-Anyone have any extra-large plant pots they are no longer using? I would like to put them to use. Even the blue floats that are sawed in half! Kim 949-9922
-Anyone have any fishing net floats or crab net floats that they no longer need or are no longer usable?
Would like for decorative purposes only, so can be in rough shape. Thanks. Kim
Roses / Raspberries:
* A ROSE to all who donated the 17 mega totes of refundable beverage containers to the Museum!
* A ROSE to Julian, Donnie, Andrew & Jonathan for helping haul the refundables to the wharf. QAA
* A ROSE to Negrita for the beautiful flower arrangement at the Post Office! Spring arrived early this year!! KJ & CA
History: Nov. 23, 1909
Pulp Mill Enterprise Suspends and Men Thrown Out of Work. Word has been received of the closing down of the sawmill at Quatsino, which has been in operation in connection with pulp enterprise [Port Alice Pulp Mill], in that district and there is great dissatisfaction among the settlers and others resident there, in consequence. It is reported that the pulp company [Quatsino Pulp and Paper Company] had secured a two years’ extension of time in which to proceed with the enterprise from the government, and the opinion as expressed at Quatsino is that the government is to be censured for allowing the promoters such latitude. Another grievance reported from that district relates to the closing down of the public school. A Quatsino correspondent says that the teacher of the school [Prof. Carl Brink Christensen] has been absent from his duties for a fortnight, and there is a suspicion that he has been sent to Holberg settlement to do some electioneering on behalf of the government candidate. The correspondent adds that a majority of those resident at Quatsino are desirous of seeing the re-election of Mr. Brewster, the Liberal candidate. Victoria Times Colonist- pg. 9
Compiled & circulated by email to Quatsino’s residents and property owners, posted on local bulletin boards and printed for pick-up at the Quatsino Post Office by the Quatsino Residents’ Organization.