QUATSINO POST OFFICE - V0N 2V0
The first mail delivery in Quatsino was in late March 1896. The Post Office operated out of many homes and businesses over the next seventy-four years. The Q.R.O. built a “mobile” Post Office building (8ft.x14ft.) in 1970.
The Quatsino Post Office (@ E-595) is currently located 3 km east of the Government Wharf in Hecate Cove. Post Mistress, Cheryl Andersen, can be reached at 949-9567.
Quatsino Post Office is a full service facility.
Mon….. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tues… 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wed….12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thurs…. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
(closed Mon. and Thurs. between 1:00 – 1:30 for mail pick-up & sorting)
[for “Mail Boat” information see: Getting In and Out]
QUATSINO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL / LEARNING CENTRE
*Note: A vote taken by School District #85 Trustees in 2008 closed our School (W-150) when enrollment numbers dipped below minimum funding allocation requirements - with the promise that the School would re-open with a K to grade 6 enrollment of just six students. Contact SD #85 at 949-6618 for information or to register new students. During the closure years students can receive $15.00/day/family travel assistance from the School Board to attend public school in Port Hardy, Port Alice or Port McNeill. A Boarding Allowance of $300.00/month is available to students who must board out.
The School has traditionally been the focal point of the community and provided many opportunities for social gatherings and participation; Autumn Festival, Christmas Concerts, Terry Fox Runs, fresh home made Pizza deliveries, baseball/floor hockey games, Spaghetti Dinners, Heritage Fairs, Bottle Drives, Charity Fund Raisers, Swimming Lesson trips, Skiing & Skating trips plus well attended School Reunions. Rental of the School Facilities can be booked through B.C.O.S.
- Educational Programs @ $ 5.00/hr.
- Community Meetings @ $ 7.50/hr.
- Social Gatherings @ $10.00/hr.
QUATSINO GOVERNMENT WHARF
Quatsino’s first Government Wharf was built in 1897 in Norgar Cove and was relocated to Bergh Cove in 1912.
On July 31, 2003, our Government Wharf was almost lost in a fire. Volunteers managed to control the blaze and keep it from spreading. Transport Canada began work immediately to repair the damage and the facility was back in full operation by 2005. The small wharf shed offers shelter for those waiting for a drop off or to be picked up. It is well lit and has a Community Notice board, public wheel barrow, fire extinguisher and an emergency stretcher inside. There are 50 m. of moorage space along the main float plus 36 m. along the adjoining ‘airplane’ float. Rafting (tying up boats side by side) is sometimes necessary and deemed a safe option by Transport Canada.
Moorage fees were waived during the wharf’s reconstruction and could be reapplied at any time – at Government authorized rates. Government regulations dictate;
*floats must be kept clear of ALL obstructions,
*fuel containers are NOT to be left on the floats at any time,
*NO MOTOR VEHICLE PARKING on wharf except for loading and unloading purposes,
As Quatsino is a remote community, this wharf is one of only a handful in BC that has not been divested into private ownership and is still being maintained by Transport Canada.
ST. OLAF’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
St. Olaf’s was originally built as a one- room school in 1897 and served 11 to 36 students from grade one to nine over the next thirty-three years. When the new larger school was built the old school was sold to the Anglican Diocese. Services have been held by visiting Ministers over the past seventy years - except from 1950 to 1991 when Reverend Charles Lomas officiated. The Church (E-115) is often booked for memorials and christenings and has become a popular and unique wedding venue. The Church has the honour of being the first on the North Island’s Historic Site Registry and visitors from around the world have signed St. Olaf’s Guest Book. Contact Vicky Reeves, at 902-0512, for more information.
The Quatsino Anglican Cemetery (est. 1903) (W-850) has five interments and is located at the extreme west end of the community within an undeveloped private property and is accessible only by a short footpath from the beach. Watch for a white information sign on a large Spruce tree about 700 ft. west of the last house. This tiny cemetery is now closed.
At a meeting held April 20, 1918, a motion was made to purchase a half acre of land ($150.00) for the purpose of a Community Cemetery. Shares ($22.00 per family) were collected from 18 community families to cover purchase costs and land clearing. cont.
Use of the Quatsino Cemetery (W-620) is limited to those with connections to the Quatsino Sound area. For 50 years burial rates were $20.00 / plot but have recently been increased to $200.00 to help the cover upkeep costs. There are currently (2015) one hundred and one interments and memorial stones within this Cemetery. Contact Gwen Hansen at 949-7960 for more information.
SOLID WASTE FACILITIES
This unregistered and illegal dump has been used by the community since 1974 and is located on Crown Land. Access to the site is over a privately owned road. Please be respectful! No littering!
At the Dump Site:
*Household garbage should be dumped over brim on top level only.
*Large appliances, scrap metal and vehicles should be placed along the far edges of the lower level. (These will be taken out and recycled when feasible.)
* Burn all your brush and lumber scraps.
* Incinerate all meat, bones, and fish scraps.
* Compost all organic waste.
* Useable clothes, tools and household
articles can be donated to the
Women’s Auxiliary Thrift Shop in
Port Hardy @ 949-7013.
* 7- Mile Solid Waste Facility @
956-3161 accepts toxic material .
* Return car and boat batteries to place of
* Refundable beverage containers can be
dropped off behind the Museum.
* Household batteries drop-off box at North
Island Gazette office.
* Be aware that bears scavenge the dump area. Immediately call a Dispatcher then the Conservation Officer (toll free) 1-800-663-9453 to report aggressive behavior.
[NOTE: Current dump will be closed in 2 or 3 years – once the RD has built and opened a permanent recycling depot and transfer station]
RECYCLING DEPOT (temporary site beside the Museum)
Six collections bins accept ‘Multi Medium Packaging items’: paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminum packaging material. Info available on site.
(Open during Museum hours.)
QUATSINO TELEPHONE DIRECTORY
First published by the Quatsino Brownies in 1984, as a way to get to know the community, this one page phone book lists the names of all residents and summer homeowners plus general information and Emergency Dispatcher contact numbers.
The Telephone Directory is now published by the QRO and can be purchased (for $1.00) at the Post Office or the Quatsino Museum & Archives.
QUATSINO MUSEUM & ARCHIVES
Phase One of the Quatsino Museum Project began in November 2004 and was completed in December 2006; thanks to many hours of volunteer labour, and financial assistance from Grant funding which covered the costs of preparing the site and transporting the “new” Museum building from Port McNeill to Quatsino.
Phase Two saw the Museum ‘Open for Business’ on June 23, 2007.
The Quatsino Museum (W-100) focuses on the unique history of the Quatsino
Sound area and is managed by volunteers.
July & August; daily 1:00 to 2:00
Sept. to June; Sat. & Sun. 1:00 to 2:00. * Free highspeed internet access.
* Special openings anytime upon request.
* Local crafts are sold on consignment
* Cold drinks & light snacks are available.
Contact email@example.com for more information.
COMMUNITY LENDING LIBRARY
The Adult Library is set up in the School’s Community Room and operates on the honour system (sign books out and cross out to return).
Library volunteers stock and organize shelves with newly donated books and often recycle old or duplicated books to various NI organizations.
Until the School re-opens the Library will be opened only on request. Call Di (949-7879) for information.
HIGH SPEED INTERNETCOMMUNITY LEND
Dial-up connections became possible in 1997 when phone lines were upgraded to allow for private lines. High Speed Internet arrived in 2005 when a Government Grant funded the installation of a satellite dish receiver for the School. Another Grant enabled the R.E.C.N. Society to install a satellite transmitter system on Cross Island in April 2007. The system enables homes, with visual contact to the windmill tower on Cross Island, to connect to high speed internet.. A second transmitter was installed in Hecate Cove in 2010 to enable Cove residents’ access to this 20 Gb service. Contact Ragged Edge Community Network (RECN) at (250) 956-2282, toll free 1-866-950-7326 or go to www.recn.ca to sign up or for more information.
Private satellite internet options are available from commerical providers.
New internet providers and options are becoming available as techologies evolve. Ask around for info.
QUATSINO RESIDENTS’ ORGANIZATION (QRO) SOCIETY
A meeting was held Nov. 1, 1969 with the aim of creating an organization to act a “a voice of the community in dealing with matters of concern to the residents.”
Over the past 45 years the QRO (incorporated as a BC Society in 1973) has overseen issues relating to economic and environmental concerns and remains solely funded through membership fees and donations. Membership is open to all residents and/or property owners. AGM’s are held in November during which elections are held and annual dues set. ($10.00 - 2015). Contact QRO Sec. Tres., Gwen Hansen @ 949-7960 to join or for more information.
QUATSINO CEMETERY COMMITTEE
The QCC was formed in 1970 to oversee the operation and upkeep of the Quatsino Cemetery. Local youth are hired as grounds keepers with wages covered by the QRO.
QUATSINO VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE
The QVFB was formed in April 1981 after a fire destroyed the home of a long time resident family.
The Fire Brigade now operates with a Fire Rescue Truck, four transportable Honda pumps, 600 ft of hoses plus all the needed accessory gear. They have collected First Aid equipment and stretchers for community use. The Fire Hall (W-200) was built and paid for by the community in 2000 and sits on 2 h. of Crown Land leased for this purpose through the Regional District. Contact Jeff Noel (949-9785) to join or for more information.
QUATSINO NEIGHBOURHOOD EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TEAM
As part of the Provincial Emergency Preparedness (PEP) initiative and with the help of the RDMW’s Emergency Coordinator, volunteers have been working to develop a community response plans to deal with various emergency situations.
Team members maintain an community Emergency Dispatch phone-out system. Contact Gwen Hansen (949-7960) for more information.
QUATSINO ARCHIVES ASSOCIATION (QAA) SOCIETY
A meeting was held Jan. 15, 1991 to organize a small group of residents wishing to actively work to preserve the history of this community. The group became a Registered Charity in 1992 and was incorporated as a BC Society in 2006.
The QAA’s archival collection was stored, and often displayed, in the Community Room of the School until work began in 2004 to expand their mandate to include the creation of a facility to permanently house the growing archives collection plus safely display and store local artifacts.
All who live, have lived in, or have connections to Quatsino are welcome to join. General meetings are held the second Sunday of every month at 1:00. AGM’s are held in December. Annual dues; $ 10.00. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
QUATSINO ADVISORY PLANNING COMMISSION
The first APC was organized in 1974 to create the first Official Settlement Plan for the community. The Regional District re-established the group in 1998 to update and expand the Quatsino Community Plan and Zoning Bylaws. The seven member APC group represents the community on issues and proposed amendments pertaining to our Community Bylaws.
Quatsino Official Community Plan Bylaw # 656
The Quatsino OCP Bylaw came into effect on July 16, 2002. The primary goal of this 21 page Bylaw is to preserve Quatsino’s unique character and rural lifestyle while encouraging a moderate level of growth and development. The secondary goal is to protect the sensitive environmental features of the plan area
Quatsino Zoning Bylaw # 670
The Zoning Bylaw came into effect on Dec.10, 2002. This 18 page Bylaw provides specific information regarding permitteD economic activities and property development within Quatsino and outlines the penalties for non-compliance.
These Bylaws can be viewed at www.rdmw.bc.ca/quatsino.htm
ST. OLAF’S CHURCH RESTORATION COMMITTEE
This group was organized in 1985 to oversee the upkeep of the historic St. Olaf’s Church and grounds. They have held work bees and fund raisers over the years and have kept this historic site a source of pride for the community. This committee is now a part of the QAA Society. Contact Vicky Reeves at 902-0512 for more information.
Ladies have been meeting at the School every Wednesday evening during the winter months for many years. Activities based on crafts, fitness and community service add to the weekly social gathering. School rental fees are covered by an annual $15.00 per person donation. (This Group has been disbanded until organizers can be found)
BERGH COVE ORGANIC SCHOOLYARD (BCOS) SOCIETY
B.C.O.S. was registered as a BC Society on March 12, 2009. The small group of dedicated volunteers received Grant funding to start-up an organic garden and learning center based out of the Quatsino Elementary School. An annual Lease Agreement, between BCOS and SD# 85, enables the Society to accept and schedule bookings of school facilities and grounds. AGM’s are held in January. New members are always welcome.
Contact Gwen Hansen to book an event (949-7960).
Eagle Manor Resort Florian &
Michelle Tovstigo @ 949-2685
Quatsino Lodge / First Light Charters
Walter & Jean Schoenfelder @ 949-7476 5.3 – Kagoagh Resort & Fishing Lodge
Sam Chae @ 902-0434
Voda Point Resort
Peter Solga @ 902-0512
Scandia West Fishing Club
Al Fodchuk @ 949-6338
Jane Lake Holdings Ltd.
Don Avis @ 250-245-7357
Hecate Cove Lodge Ltd. Frank
& Elsie Kendall @ 949-9966
A. Hansen Contracting
Andrew Hansen @ 949-7960
Western Forest Products Ltd.
Holberg – Main Office
Colony Lake & Dish Rag Lake
The QRO has worked for many years to ensure the perimeters of both lakes are preserved to form a naturally forested buffer zone for low impact recreational use. WFP Holberg has set aside a 20 meter “protected zone” plus a 50 meter “management zone” of their Crown Land holdings around both Colony Lake and Dish Rag Lake as a protected forest zone. A community project began in 2011 to create a public access trail and picnic & swim beach on the Regional District’s proposed five acre Colony Lake Point Park. A 1 km access trail starts at the new parking lot (across from the Post Office) and winds through the forest to a small swim & picnic area located near the southeast end of Colony Lake. An outhouse is located near trails end. *Gas motors are NOT permitted on either lakes – electric motors, canoes, inflatables, kayaks and rowboats are welcome. Community Notice & Park Information boards is located at the trail head parking lot.
Quatsino Road is a narrow 8 mile long gravel road running from the Quattishe Reserve to five properties short of the community’s western boundary. Quatsino Road plus five short access roads: Bergh Road, Wharf Road, Leeson Point Road, Evenson Road and Nordstrom Road are our only public roadways. All other side roads are privately owned. Please contact property owners for permission to trespass. Road maintenance is through the Ministry of Highways and is subcontracted through Emcon Ltd. (949-6666).
*The community requests everyone honour a 30 kph speed limit for obvious safety reasons and for the preservation and long life of your vehicle.
*The RCMP has a vehicle in the community and road checks do happen.
Coastal Community Insurance Services, @ (250) 902-2626, serves many in the community.
Please note that Quatsino is not in a “fire protection area” – our Brigade is uncertified and we do not have fire hydrants – homeowners do not qualify for a reduction in home insurance rates.
Quatsino vehicles do qualify for a reduction in insurance rates as we are an
isolated community. Your vehicle will not be covered if it leaves the community.
GETTING IN AND OUT
Boat Moorage; (non-commercial)
- Quatsino Government Wharf; (2015)
@ $ 0
- Coal Harbour QFN Wharf; (2015)
@ no charge for - 4hr day use.
- Eilertsen’s Wharf; call 949-6371 for rates.
- (Eilertsen’s boat launch fee includes vehicle parking)
In Coal Harbour:
Free parking is available along the highway road allowance just up from QFN Wharf.
Pay parking is available near both wharves;
Eilertsen’s - call 949-6371 for daily / weekly or monthly rates.
Quatsino Marine Transport - call 949-6358 for current rates
Free short-term public parking is available just across the main road. NO PARKING of any kind is permitted on the Wharf.
From Coal Harbour;
Quatsino Sound Marine Transport runs weekdays dawn ‘til dusk.
* Monday & Thursday; “Mail Boat Run”
@ $21.00 adult, children under 10 free; leaves Coal Harbour around 12:30 leaves Quatsino Wharf around 1:15; Call for rates and reservations @ 949-6359.
Aqua Totem – 45 ft. landing barge with a 30 ton capacity plus winch. (large craft)
Contact: Emmett Doyle @ 949-0220.
Black Water – 76 ft. x 26 ft. barge with a
90 ton capacity. (extra large craft) This is a non-self propelled barge that is pushed by the Aqua Totem.
Contact: Emmett Doyle @ 949-0220.
Lane D – 30 ft. landing craft with a ½ ton capacity. (small craft)
Contact: Jeff Noel @ 230-4370
Boat / Barge Ramps;
*Note: there are no public boat ramps in Quatsino at this time. Private Ramps:
-Bergh Cove site beside Government Wharf – contact Al Fodchuk @ 949-6338 to make arrangements.
Aircab Charter Flights
-Cessna (2 passenger)
-Beaver (6 passenger)
-Turbo Beaver (8-12 passenger)
*Round trip flights to Quatsino available seven days a week, 7:00 am to 11:00 pm - weather permitting.
Call 949-6371 for rates and reservations.
ADDITIONAL GENERAL AND SAFETY INFORMATION:
REGIONAL DISTRICT OF MOUNT WADDINTON
Quatsino is under the Regional District of Mt. Waddington’s jurisdiction as part of Area “C” and represented by Andrew Hory (2015) (email@example.com). The RD office is located in Port McNeill (956-4763). Web site - www.rdmw.bc.ca
Black Bears, Cougars and Wolves are very common within the community. To reduce unwanted encounters with predators:
• properly dispose of all household garbage & food scraps,
• regularly harvest fruits & berries,
• keep pets in at night & livestock securely pended
• do not leave BBQ’s, freezers or garbage cans outdoors during ‘bear season’.
When outside at night take a good flashlight and be aware of your surroundings. Young children should always be under adult supervision and carry good quality whistles to scare off aggressive animals and to summon help. If confronted by a BEAR, make yourself look large, do not make eye contact. Talk to it quietly as you back away. If confronted by a COUGAR, yell and make a lot of noise and be aggressive – do not turn your back or bend over – give it lots of room to retreat. Pick up small children or pet and keep an eye on it while you back away slowly. Anyone who encounters an aggressive bear, cougar or wolf is asked to immediately notify a Dispatcher who will begin a phone out alert. If the animal is causing serious concern – or if you see a sick or wounded animal - you will be asked to call the Conservation Office at 1-800-663-9453.
For more information go to;
*Hunting for sport within the community is not acceptable!
*** QUATSINO EMERGENCY PLANS ***
#1 - QUATSINO'S HIGHGROUND EVACTUATION PLAN
In the event of a strong earthquake;
(1) Protect yourself by ducking beside sturdy furniture, a solid inside wall or inside an inner hallway and hold on! Avoid windows, wood stoves, cupboards or any furniture that could tip over. If possible get outside, staying away from power lines and outbuildings.
(2) Be prepared for aftershocks. Depending on the epicentre and strength of the quake the first tsunami surge could hit Quatsino in as little as 15 minutes. Remember - the first wave may not be the biggest and they could continue for hours. Although not all homes will be at risk of a tsunami; immediately after the shaking has stopped everyone should head for high ground (+20m). An emergency evacuation phone call will NOT be issued.
“If the earth moves – you move!”
[Please note: If a DISTANT earthquake generates a “Tsunami WATCH or WARNING” for the North Island, our Emergency Dispatchers will do their best to phone everyone.]
(3) With your Evacuation Grab & Go Kit head for the nearest high ground evacuation site. Give five (5) quick air-horn blasts as you leave and place a large solid item (boot, sauce pan, ?…) at the end of your drive-way to indicate that you are safely away.
If the roads are blocked along the way, by trees or downed power lines- (beware of live wires!), park well off to one side and continue on foot. Expect to be at the evacuation site for up to 4 hours.
(4) Once at an evacuation site monitor your radio or VHF (Emergency Ch. 16) for information;
“Tsunami WARNING” - There is confirmed evidence of a tsunami with less than 3hrs.
until contact. FULL Evacuation to high ground recommended.
“Tsunami WATCH” - A tsunami MAY have been generated with possible contact in
over 3hrs. Standby for possible upgrade to a WARNING.
“Tsunami ADVISORY” – Strong ocean currents likely – stay away from shore.
“Tsunami INFORMATION” – Minor waves at most – Safe to return home.
“Tsunami ALL CLEAR” - Safe to return home.
(5) After an ALL CLEAR announcement has been broadcast, return quickly to your home and check its status, then go to the Quatsino School rally site to report in. Assistance will be given to those who need it by those who can provide it.
* Fishing and Guest Lodges will be responsible for the evacuation out of the community of their guests and staff as soon as a WATCH or WARNING is issued.
* Prearrange an out-of-area phone contact person and remember to keep in touch. Have a plan of action if your family is separated when an earthquake occurs, or if you will need assistance to evacuate to high ground (no vehicle, mobility issues...).
* Familiarize yourself with ALL high ground evacuation sites (posted on local notice boards) and have your Evacuation Grab & Go Kit stored in a secure rodent and moisture proof metal or heavy plastic container in an easily accessible location near or in your vehicle. (Make sure items not stored in your Kit are quickly assessable; Cell phone, wallet, VHF, car keys, …) Divide your supplies into manageable water proof bags or backpacks so all can be carried if necessary and remember to replace food, water and batteries once a year.
#2 - BASIC EVACUATION GRAB & GO KIT
FOOD & WATER (enough for 12 hours/person)
*Ready to eat – easy open - canned food
*Pre-packaged dried food/ fruit/ bars
*2 L bottled water
*Cell phone / VHF radio
*Portable radio & extra batteries
*Flashlight(s) & extra batteries
*Whistle / Air-horn / Flares / Walkie Talkie
*Copies of important personal, bank, medical and insurance documents
*Medications, extra glasses
*First aid kit with instruction booklet
*Personal toiletries, disinfectant wipes
*Wallet & car keys
*Playing cards / pocket novel / paper & pencil
*Candle (tip proof)
*Sleeping bag or warm blanket
*One full set of warm clothes
* Work gloves and warm hat
Sturdy walking boots
Note: After a major earthquake / tsunami event all our community spirit and survival skills will be needed. People may be hurt, homes and wharves may be damaged, roads may be blocked and power & cell phones will most likely be out. The community will need to work together to ensure everyone gets the help they need. Outside help could be one to seven days away.
Remember the Scout Motto… BE PREPARED!
#3 - EMERGENCY FIRE CALL-OUT PLAN
When a fire is reported to one of our Emergency Dispatchers a phone-out will begin. Those with training in the use of the Fire Hall equipment will be called first followed by residents and vacation home owners as needed.
Many volunteers may be needed, so do what you can to help - while keeping yourself safe!
When a Dispatcher calls she will provide brief details of the fire situation. Volunteers are asked to;
1) GET TO THE FIRE HALL - Access keys are in the little glass box by the side door. The Fire Truck is loaded and ready to go with the keys in the ignition. Once at least two volunteers have arrived head for the scene asap. Use the toggle switch under the drivers’ seat to engage the lights & siren. Others will need to take the additional gear located in two large wooden carry boxes. If the Fire Truck & boxes are gone when you arrive - head for the scene. Drive carefully – others may be rushing towards or away from the Fire Hall.
2) AT THE SCENE - The most qualified person on site will be assigning tasks. Trained volunteers will use the 4 large fire extinguishers (in the side cabinets of the Truck) to begin fighting the fire while the Honda pumps & the Rescue Truck water tank system is being set up. NOTE: Start the Honda pump before connecting it to the water tank – then use ‘low flow’ to give 6 minutes of fire suppression. The other Honda pumps can be set-up to run from the nearest fresh or salt water source. NOTE: Have someone watch the intakes to keep them clear and providing good flow.
3) TASKS – Provide whatever back-up and support you feel qualified to give in order to bring the situation under control: set up & operate the pumps, first aid services, perimeter monitoring, home owner support, clean-up, …
*Quatsino Volunteer Fire Brigade members; Jeff Noel, Tyler Halls, Gina Halls, Andrew Hansen, Florian Tovstigo, Josh Solga, Kevin Maher and Di Renaud.
*If you would like to join the Brigade or have a back ground in fire fighting please call Jeff (cell # 230-9785).
*Quatsino Emergency Dispatchers: Gwen Hansen, Di Renaud, Vicky Reeves, Nancy Botham (Judy DePass - spare).
*If you have any First Aid training or a vehicle capable of transporting one or both of the large wooded gear boxes please contact an Emergency Dispatcher so the information can be added to their Dispatch Information Booklets.
*PLEASE have your civic address number (& last name or ‘house name’) clearly visible from the main road.