Oysters 101 – June 18th

Join us at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station for an evening of oysters and oyster lore. Did you know that the ancient Greek Naturalist Pliny the Elder was an oyster farmer? That Napoleon ate oysters before battle? Why oysters are considered an aphrodisiac? That there were as many oyster bars in Victoria in the late 1800’s as there are today? That beds of oysters were “discovered” in Comox in 1866? What makes a great oyster and how do you shuck one? What makes a great oyster wine? Part educational seminar, part cooking class, part oyster bar, this casual evening will be all fun! Organized to coincide with the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival, the evening will include casual eats, raw and cooked local oyster dishes, BC oyster wine pairings and of course the Field Station itself. Proceeds from the evening will support VIU’s Public Education Programs.

Time: June 18th, 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Cost: $60

Advance Tickets Only Call 250-740-6611 to make a reservation today

Foraging for Wild Edibles June 13th & 17th


The Earth and Moon align to give some of the year’s lowest tides, uncovering a variety of edible treasures. Brian Kingzett, Manager of the Vancouver Island University Deep Bay Marine Field Station, will lead small groups on a foraging excursion, sampling salty-sweet ocean delicacies, Pacific Oysters and Manila Clams direct from their shells on the shellfish research farm of the University. The ritual of sharing, dating back to Vancouver Island’s earliest ancestors, as clearly denoted in prehistoric shellfish middens, is all part of the fun. Foragers will learn about First Nations’ use of shellfish, Vancouver Island’s marine ecology, species identification and which island wines complement the organic ocean treats. Brian will discuss where and how to forage for shellfish locally and how to make sure that your shellfish is safe to eat. Afterwards, participants will retire to the Field Station for a short cooking lesson/ demonstration and a shellfish themed meal showcasing the products of local shellfish farms and paired with Vancouver Island wines all prepared by the Field Station’s Chef’s in residence. So, forget cutlery! Learn how an oyster can be enjoyed au natural!

Time: June 13th 9:00am – 2:00pm & June 17th 11:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: $125 per person Advance Tickets Only – Available at BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival

Sunday Brunch – Every Other Sunday

Make your reservations now to join us for Sunday Brunch Buffet at Deep Bay Marine Field Station. Beginning June 28th on every other Sunday.

Chilled Fruit Juice; Fresh Coffee or Tea; Seasonal Fruit; Fresh Pastries. Special weekly Crepes, French Toast, or Waffles. Gourmet Eggs Benny served 3 ways; Smoked Salmon, Country Style or Vegetarian.

eggs benny

Cost: $20 per person, includes admission to the station

Reservations are Required. Call 250-740-6611 to reserve. We can accommodate all dietary restrictions with 24hrs notice.

Reserve early as this popular event sells out!

Brunch will be served on June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug 9 & Aug 23

Summer Camps at Deep Bay Marine Field Station!

Interested in Marine Biology? We have four weeks of science-based summer camps this July and August. We have some tasty treats, messy experiments and aquatic based activities planned. Space is limited, register early with the Regional District of Nanaimo.

Register for one day or for the whole week $55/1 or $250/week

See below for more information.


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RDN Active Living Guide 

Tea by the Sea

Join us for high tea including a delicious selection of sandwiches, pastries and other goodies prepared our chef. Tea by the Sea is served every Tuesday throughout spring and summer.

Tea includes admission to the Station. Enjoy stunning views of Baynes Sound, and tour the Station to learn about marine science through colourful exhibits, a large public aquaria and touch tanks teeming with marine life collected from BC waters.

Proceeds from Tea by the Sea benefit Deep Bay Marine Field Station’s education programs.

View the Menu.  We are happy to provide substitutions for any dietary restrictions with advance notice at time of booking.

Reservations are required. Call 250.740.6611 to reserve early as this popular event often sells out!

Grey Whale Articulation Update – entering the final phases!

Thoracic region in progress

For the first time after exhumation more than a year ago we are starting to see the Grey Whale coming back together – thanks to the awesome work of our Cetacea Contracting, our team of volunteers, and our generous sponsors.  What will be known as the Underwater Harvesters Association Grey Whale Exhibit is getting closer to completion and we’re excited to share photos of the process! Read the rest of this entry »

Whale Articulation Volunteer Opportunities

Hello Everyone,

Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station is currently working on a project to articulate a grey whale skeleton and we are looking for volunteers who are comfortable with a paint brush to help hide the repairs made during the articulation. Literally, you will be involved in painting the bones of the grey whale, well, painting the repairs to look like bone really. Please pass on the information below to any artists who you think may be interested in getting involved with the Grey Whale Project.

Whale Bone Repair Workshop Feb 8,9 Read the rest of this entry »


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