Sturgeon I Pavilion

Sointula Museum and Historical Society

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$18,300
Sointula Museum and Historical Society:$8,500
Regional District of Mount Waddington :$3,000
Tarkenen Marine Ways:$4,000
Private Donations:$2,000
In Kind Contribution:$3,990
Total Budget: $39,790
Quick Facts: 

Sointula means 'place of harmony' in the Finnish language and was aptly named for the utopian ideals upon which the town was founded. 

Malcolm Island occupies a unique place in coastal British Columbia’s history. Settled in 1901 by Finnish immigrants, Malcolm Island became a flourishing community centered on boat building and commercial fishing. While activity in commercial fishing has diminished and boat building has been replaced by boat repair, heritage tourism has become a key source of economic diversification.

Led by the Sointula Museum, this project will construct a viewing pavilion to display the Sturgeon I – a fully restored gillnet fishing boat built on Malcolm Island in 1948 and a tangible representation of both the boatbuilding and fishing industries that helped shape the region in the early and mid-20th century. The sheltered pavilion will be constructed in a traditional Finnish post-and-beam style, complemented with interpretive panels that tell the story of the Sturgeon I and boat building on Malcolm Island. 

Set to be complete in 2020, the display site will expand provincial maritime heritage with the third restored and displayed historic vessel in BC. As tourism activity grows on Sointula, the project is anticipated to draw visitors, encourage longer stays and associated spending to proximate businesses. The pavilion will complement a network of heritage sites in Sointula and the North Island, contributing to the potential for a heritage trail connecting historical points of interest throughout Vancouver Island.

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT

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