BMSC Overview

BMSC has been supporting ocean access to coastal and marine environments
for research and education since 1972.

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.

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 for all member and non-member users.

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 is a not-for-profit, registered Canadian charity that is responsible for the oversight and governance of the BMSC.

WCUMSS has a mandate to:

  • Provide world-class research infrastructure and support for Canadian and international researchers on the west coast of Canada;
  • Offer undergraduate and graduate courses and programs;
  • Offer training opportunities and in residence programs to schools, colleges, First Nations and other public groups.