VIU Deep Bay by the Numbers, an 18 Month Report

Moments after the dramatic unveiling.

It has always been our intention to produce an annual report at the end of every fiscal year. Mostly by the time the end of the year comes down we have been too busy moving forward to reflect on the year past and this goal has slipped by. The Field Station (DBMFS) is an experiment in itself, a reflection of the goal of VIU of to be the University of Coastal Communities, combining research, education, community engagement, extension, and sustainability in an off-campus facility with a goal of being financially self-sufficient.   The following report illustrates a variety of numbers relating to the last 18 months from April 1st, 2014 through to September 30, 2015 and is an excerpt from a larger report that was prepared for internal university use.  Read the rest of this entry »

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.


Register Now 

RDN Active Living Guide 

Fall Cooking Classes at Deep Bay


We are excited to announce a series of cooking classes at Deep Bay Marine Field Station for the upcoming fall season. Read the rest of this entry »

Fall Cooking Classes at Deep Bay

Steve, Debbie and Student assistant Jack

We are excited to announce a series of cooking classes at Deep Bay Marine Field Station for the upcoming fall season. Read the rest of this entry »

VIU Whale Project on Shaw TV

Spring Film and Lecture Series “Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast” June 5th

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Join us June 5th 2014 for an evening with author Maleea Acker about the history, ecology and restoration of Garry oak ecosystems on Vancouver Island

Thursday June 5th 2014
Presentation 7:00 pm
Doors open at 5:30 pm

Come early to check out our aquariums and touch tanks. Tickets include admission to the station.
Gourmet food including salmon sliders, oysters sliders and sweets will be available for purchase before the presentation.

Tickets $10 in advance at:
Deep Bay Marine Field Station, Bowser BC
or call us at 250-740-6611

Garry oak ecosystems were tended by First Nations for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans to BC’s coast. Today, less than 4% of these ecosystems remain intact. This multimedia talk and reading will examine the resurgence of “gardening” efforts on the South Island. Despite obstacles, restoration efforts are proving the resilience of these ecosystems in the face of climate change, and that native plant restoration and gardening is a viable alternative both in urban and rural areas.

Maleea Acker is the author of two books of poems, The Reflecting Pool and Air-Proof Green (Pedlar Press, 2009 & 2013), and a book of essays, Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast (New Star Books, 2012). She holds an MFA in Writing and will soon hold an MA in Literature. She has lived in Canada, the US, Spain and Mexico. In Fall 2014, she will begin a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Victoria. Maleea lives and works as a freelance writer in Saanich, BC.

Raise a Whale Project surpasses halfway point!

Original Beaching

We’re past the half way point on our fundraising campaign for our Raise and Whale and Inspire Generations Project! Read on for our press release and learn about some of our great donors! Read the rest of this entry »