Vancouver IslandUniversity

Deep Bay Marine Field Station

Deep Bay Marine Field Station

We are currently closed for drop-in visits until May 2023. 

Vancouver Island Universities’ Deep Bay Marine Field Station is a shellfish research facility that is open to the public, school groups, and special interest groups for public education. Located in Deep Bay on the southern end of Baynes Sound, the Station has touch tanks, aquariums, exhibits and activities to teach visitors about local marine life, current issues in marine sciences, the nature of shellfish aquaculture, and many other topics. 


Book Your 2022-23 School Fieldtrip!

With enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures in effect - we are accepting school fieldtrip bookings. Check out our education programs and secure your school trip.

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!

Ground Level Windows

Visit Us Summer 2023!


The cost of admission to the station is:

Adults (18+): $ 12.00
Youth (6 -17): $ 6.00
Children (up to 5): Free

Please contact us for fieldtrip pricing


We are currently closed to the public for drop- in visits

Seafood Platter

Centre for Seafood Innovation

We are very excited to host the Centre for Seafood Innovation (CSI) here at the station. The Centre's mandate is to create new opportunities for BC seafood businesses and strengthen food security for British Columbians. We look forward to seeing the positive impact CSI has on our local food supply.