Outdoors
OUTDOORS For the Capital City Weekly About 75 days into our kayak trip from Juneau to Southwest British Columbia, we found the town of Sointula. Placed in the center of Malcolm Island, off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, Sointula has many elements of what some may consider an ideal community. Established in the early 1900s by Finnish socialists, the utopian experiment was founded on the principles of hard work and equality. The English translation of the Finnish word Sointula is "A Place of Harmony," and although the modern state of the town might not meet the idealist standards of the original settlers, the concept of harmony continues to guide the lifestyles of the citizens. A sense of balance seems to resonate between the human and non-human residents of the island. The plants and animals living there might be regarded more as symbiotic neighbors than as consumptive resources.

A Trip South: Seeking harmony in Sointula

Kanaan Bausler interviews professional artist Stewart Marshall at his home in Sointula for a film project. Marshall is sitting on the kayak that he built, which he uses for his solo painting tours along the coast of British Columbia.
Photo By Lia Heifetz
Kanaan Bausler interviews professional artist Stewart Marshall at his home in Sointula for a film project. Marshall is sitting on the kayak that he built, which he uses for his solo painting tours along the coast of British Columbia.
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