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 Nations 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