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Deep Bay Marine Field Station

Deep Bay Marine Field Station

The station is currently closed to the public for the fall/winter season, and will re-open to public drop-in visitors on May 18th, 2024.

Deep Bay Marine Field Station is a unique research and educational facility of Vancouver Island University, nestled in the heart of Deep Bay along the southern reaches of Baynes Sound. Serving both the VIU academic circle and the broader community, our focus on shellfish research and marine science education is unwavering. While aquaculture research at the station is year-round, from September to May on-site educational programming is limited to school classes, pre-booked tours for groups of ten or more, and special marine science events.

During the vibrant summer season, spanning the May long weekend to the first weekend in September, we enthusiastically open our doors to the general public. 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 studies that revolve around shellfish aquaculture.

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

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!

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.

Ground Level Windows

Visit Us Next Summer, May 2024!


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 until May 2024