There’s no shortage of ways to experience Malcolm Island. There are AirBnbs that let you stay like a local in the heart of Sointula. You can even stay just steps away from the dock and all that the town has to offer. Luxury fishing lodges combine a relaxing, all-inclusive experience with a rustic fishing trip. They’re also a great chance to explore the remote, tranquil waters surrounding the island. And whether you’re visiting for the night or for a longer trip, Malcolm Island camping is another unique way to experience the island.
Ready to plan an outdoor adventure in beautiful British Columbia? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about Malcolm Island camping.
Malcolm Island Camping
Malcolm Island is home to two campgrounds great for guests looking to get a little closer to the beautiful wilderness the region is known for.
Harmony Shores Campground
Harmony Shores Campground is the closest Sointula camping option. Located just a short drive from downtown Sointula (just under 4 kilometers), this private campground offers both electric sites for RVs as well as traditional and oceanside campsites for tent campers. The campground is owned by a family of Finnish descent with deep roots on the island.
RV campsites are available for $40 per night. While these sites do not offer full hook-ups, there is a sani-dump located at the Sointula Harbour where you can empty your gray and black tanks during or after your stay. Traditional campsites for tent campers are available for $35 a night. Oceanside campsites, which offer stunning views, are also available for $35 a night.
Flush toilets and showers are included for guests in all overnight stays. Campers also have access to a mini-fridge, a sink where you can wash dishes, and a communal freezer perfect for packing away fresh-caught fish during your stay. Firewood is also available for purchase.
Bere Point Regional Park
Located on the Northern side of the island, Bere Point Regional Park is home to the island’s second campground. Bere Point Campground is around 6 kilometers from downtown Sointula. But signs located at the ferry terminal make it easy to drive to this popular island attraction.
This Malcolm Island camping option is home to 30 marked campsites, as well as a group tenting site. The group tent site is located in a grove of trees just a short walk from the beach. Here you’ll find the island’s famous Whale Rubbing Beach, where you might spot orcas rubbing their backs on the rocky sea floor just offshore.
Unlike at Harmony Shores Campground, there are no electric sites available. Instead, Bere Point campsites are a more rustic experience. While there are outhouses available for campers, there is no running water on-site, which also means no showers, sinks, or flush toilets. However, for those willing to rough it during their stay, this park offers incredible views of the ocean, as well as of the snow-capped coastal mountains in the distance.
When booking a Bere Point Campsite, it’s important to note that stays are limited to two weeks. You can reserve your campsite in advance by visiting the park’s website.
On-site vendors may have firewood available on-site during your stay. No potable water is available at the park, so campers will need to carry their own water. Two picnic areas are also located in the park and available for use by day visitors. This is a great spot to enjoy a picnic before hiking or exploring the park.
Choosing Your Sointula Camping Destination
Camping is a great way to experience Malcolm Island in a whole new way. Both Bere Point Regional Park and Harmony Shores Campground offer the perfect basecamp for your next outdoor adventure, though both offer different pros and cons. If you’re looking for more remote views and easy access to hiking and don’t mind roughing it, a Bere Point campsite may be a great option. Those who want the ability to shower or easy access to downtown Sointula may feel more at home at Harmony Shores Campground.
No matter which campground you choose, it’s important to do a little pre-planning ahead of your adventure. Keep in mind that shopping is limited on the island. While you’ll be able to pick up food and other groceries, camping supplies may be more limited, so you’ll want to plan to pack everything you’ll need. This includes gear like tents, ground covers, stoves, and lanterns. For those staying in a Bere Point campsite, this also means bringing your own water, though you can purchase bottled water in several places in Sointula.
If Malcolm Island camping isn’t for you, check out our lodging planning resources to find hotels, vacation rentals, and other options for your next visit!