Deep Bay Marine Field Station, Bowser

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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3.6/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
The Deep Bay Marine Field Station is a marine biological research facility operated by Vancouver Island University's Centre for Shellfish Research. It is located at Deep Bay, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, off the waters of Baynes Sound, north-west of the main university campus at Nanaimo, British Columbia.Facilities include a seawater tank farm, a laboratory, a demonstration shellfish farm and a combined research facility for shellfish aquaculture, marine ecology and water quality. The culinary program of VIU uses the kitchen facilities to prepare seafood and other dishes. Public events including weddings are accommodated. The building received the first LEED platinum rating among Canadian universities and a 2011 National Green Buildings Award. Located on a site, it is accessed by a road topped with crushed oyster shells. Beetle-killed pine flooring and other BC wood products were used in construction. It opened in 2011.Early priorities are research concerning geoduck clams and the possibility of restoring native Olympia oysters in the area. The goal of the facility is “supporting sustainable shellfish aquaculture development and preserving coastal ecosystems.”
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  • We took our grandsons (ages 2 & 5) to the Marine Field Station one rainy morning and spent 2 hours looking at the different fish, shellfish, anemones and other creatures in the upstairs tanks, then th...  read more »
  • To expose your children to ocean life and avoid busy aquariums, visit this centre. Children and others can handle sea creatures and learn about the Georgia straits sea life. 
  • We drove up to deep bay and decided to go to the marine station. Our daughter loved all of the tanks especially the touch tank. It wasn't very busy but we spent time identifying all of the different m...  read more »
  • An excellent day trip thing to do. Loved the octopus. Lucked out and got to see her/him eat a crab. Thank You. A Highly Recommended place to visit. :0)
  • Very cool building with lots of information regarding the work they do and on the local underwater wildlife.
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