BMSC Overview

YOUR OCEANSIDE CAMPUS

The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is a shared campus of the Universities of Victoria, British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary, and Simon Fraser University.

Perched on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, BMSC provides access to a remarkable diversity of marine, terrestrial, freshwater and cultural sites of the North East Pacific basin. With 3000 sq m of modern laboratory space it can support research in almost any field of study.

Situated in the town of Bamfield, within the traditional territory of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation in Barkley Sound, and adjacent the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, BMSC offers unparalleled access to a wide array of environments – including unique coastal, marine and rainforest habitats and exceptional species diversity.


BMSC was established in 1972 by the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society (WCUMSS) in order to provide a permanent base for marine and coastal-oriented field operations on the west coast of Canada.

WCUMSS has a mandate to:

  • Provide world-class research infrastructure for marine and coastal scientists from the member universities and from other Canadian and International institutes
  • Offer senior undergraduate and graduate courses and programs in marine and coastal sciences
  • Provide training for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and technicians in practical aspects of marine and coastal research
  • Offer in-residence programs in marine biology and general science to schools, colleges, First Nations and other public groups