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Foraging for Wild Edibles

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 4, 2018 - 1:42pm

Curious and hungry foragers will be led in small groups on a foraging excursion, learning about ocean delicacies, Pacific oysters and Manila clams direct from their shells on the shellfish research farm of Vancouver Island University at Deep Bay. Foragers will learn about First Nations’ use of shellfish, Vancouver Island’s marine ecology, and species identification. Local experts will discuss where and how to forage for shellfish and other edibles locally and how to make sure that your shellfish is safe to eat.

Spring into Pirate Camp!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 4, 2018 - 1:41pm

Ahoy, matey! This fun and educational camp will introduce landlubbers to the science of the seas through pirate-based games and activities for all ages. Camp will be packed with science-based games, experiments, interpretive nature walks and beach explorations.
$144 for 4 days

Register online:

Brant Festival Guided Tour

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 4, 2018 - 1:37pm

Guided Station Tours
                Tuesday, April 3 & 10         11:00am-12:00pm
                Monday, April 16                  2:00pm - 3:00pm



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 23, 2017 - 11:17am

Please note that we will be closed this Friday, October 27th as our staff attend the BC Shellfish Growers Association's Annual General Meeting and Workshops. We're looking forward to hearing about new and exciting projects in the industry, as well as sharing our progress in the research hatchery.

We will resume regular operating hours the following Monday.

Thanks! - Deep Bay Staff

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 13, 2017 - 11:42am

Come help us clean the beaches of Deep Bay! Meet at Deep Bay Marine Field Station at 10:00 am on Saturday August 19th. All supplies will be provided. This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact on our local ecosystem and help keep our beaches beautiful.

Pre-registration is required:

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Beach Biological Survey

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 24, 2017 - 4:02pm

Are you interested in Citizen Science? In honour of World Oceans Day we are hosting a free community education event, aimed at better understanding all the different plants and animals that live on our shores. We are looking for a group of dedicated and interested 'citizen' scientists to help us get a better picture of the species that live at our beach. With the help of experts, volunteers will record and submit data about the species they observed while at their designated research area.