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Deep Bay Marine Field Station

Deep Bay Marine Field Station


We are open to public visitors daily - including holidays - May 18 to September 2, 2024

Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Closed July 6

Please note that we will be closed to the public for installation of a new exhibit on July 6, 2024. We apologize for this inconvenience but are excited to be able to host an exciting new exhibit. Details to come in July.

About the field station

Deep Bay Marine Field Station is a unique research and education facility serving faculty, staff and students from Vancouver Island University. 

Nestled in the heart of Deep Bay along the southern reaches of Baynes Sound, the station's dual focus is aquaculture research and marine science education. Oysters are the main research subject, and aquaculture research at the station is year-round.

During the academic year from September to May, on-site educational programming is limited to K-12 school classes, pre-booked tours for groups of ten or more, and special marine science events. If you are a teacher interested in bringing your class to the station, you can find out more at the link below.

During the vibrant summer season, spanning from the May long weekend to the end of the first weekend in September, we open our doors to the general public seven days a week. Engaging touch tanks, captivating aquaria, and enlightening exhibits stand ready to unveil the marvels of local marine life. You can also take a peek into our research labs from the viewing mezzanine and gain insights into ongoing research that revolves around shellfish aquaculture.

At the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, knowledge knows no bounds, and curiosity finds its home.

Ground Level Windows

Come visit us!

We are open to the public daily from May 18 to September 2, 2024.


Individual admission fees:
Adults (18+): $ 13.00
Youth (6 -17): $ 7.00
Children (up to 5): Free

Public Hours

We open to the public seven days a week from the May long weekend until the September long weekend (May 18 to Sept 2, 2024). Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm.

Beach Deep Bay

Book a school class field trip!

We accept school field trip bookings year-round. Check out our education programs and book your class for an activity or tour.


Touch Tank Tuesday
Touch Tank Tuesday
Touch Tank Tuesday


As a key part of Vancouver Island University's Centre for Shellfish Research, our industry leading facilities are where we conduct applied research that benefits the shellfish aquaculture industry. Take a moment to explore our research!

Sea Cucumber


We are passionate about education! From the tiniest critters to the largest mammals, we are excited to share our knowledge about our local marine systems. Book a school fieldtrip, guided tour, or just stop in for a visit!