Saturday Lunch at the Station

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Bring your family out for lunch at the station! Picnic lunch will include a choice of; Quality Hot Dogs, House Made Burgers, BBQ Chicken or Salmon, a Variety of Salads, and Desserts.

Dates: July 4th, July 18th, August 1st, August 15th, August 29th

Adults $20

Kids $10

Ages 6 and under eat Free!

Includes Admission to the Station 

Reservations Recommended – 250.740.6611

Drop-In Tour & Lunch Every Thursday at the Station June 18 – August 27

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Looking for something fun to do this summer? We have Drop-In Tours every Thursday from 11am – 12pm during the summer. Come learn about the research we are doing here, experience the touch tanks, and learn about our LEED Platinum Certified building.

$10 per person. No Reservation Required

Lunch will be available following the tour for $15. Menu, Chef’s Choice (TBD)

Tours and Lunch will run beginning on June 18th

Music By the Bay – June 25th Eric Harper


After a sold out preformance last year, we are thrilled to have Eric Harper kicking off our summer Music By The Bay Concert series on June 25th. Join us for dinner and an evening of spell-binding music, Flamenco to Classical.

Award Winning Flamenco Guitarist Eric Harper creates not only a unique sound all his own but his music is melodically entrancing, virtuosically ferocious and harmonically soul-stirring to the core. Among other achievements Eric has also co-scored Kevin Spacey’s movie entitled “Inseparable”, worked closely with amazing people such as Grammy Award Winning Producer KC Porter and The Office’s Rainn Wilson. Eric Harper performs in communities across North America performing for concert series, festivals and special events. His show uses material from his CDs entitled Eric Harper and Romper a Madrugada.

Dinner Menu:

Garlic, Chorizo and Ale steamed Shellfish
Abundant Antipasti platter, house Tomato herb Foccacia, artisanal breads
Summer Crudite platter
Local Chicken or Salmon souvlaki with tzatziki sauce
Bulgar Pilaf
Lemon baby potatoes
Greek salad
Tuscan Kale salad

Assortment of Deep Bay luscious sweets including gluten free options

Dinner: 5:30pm Advance ticket only  $20

Concert: 7:00pm Advance ticket only  $10

Purchase Tickets here or Call 250 740 6611 for more information

Oysters 101 – June 18th CANCELLED**

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, Doors open for reception at 5:30pm, Dinner at 7:00pm

Cost: $60 (includes dinner)

Purchase Tickets Here 

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) 

 Call 250 740 6611 to purchase tickets

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.

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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.


Register Now 

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