Deep Bay Marine Field Station

Deep Bay Marine Field Station

Deep Bay Marine Field Station
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Speciality MuseumsAquariums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Deep Bay Marine Field Station provides many learning opportunities for the public. We have aquariums and touch tanks that help to interpret the local marine environment to our visitors. A visit to the station can be quite an interactive experience! We have both guided and self-guided tours that provide interpretation on several themes along with occasional public lectures and special events.
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Alan Y
Edmonton, Canada80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Absolutely fantastic time. The facility is not huge in terms of what the public can explore but the hosts is what makes the experience great. They’re very informative and more importantly, enthusiastic about the subject matter.

The young lady that was there the day we were there provided a ton of information and pulled out all kinds of marine examples from the touch tank for our daughter to look at and touch. My kid was at the touch tank the entire time we were there.

Great time and they seem to be dog friendly as we were allowed to bring our dog in out of the heat.
Written September 13, 2022
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Bluegrassartist
Lexington, KY83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
Building itself is worth the visit, LEED certified. Staff very helpful and eager to share her knowledge. Loved the tanks and touching their inhabitants. Good experience for all ages in this working station.
Written September 5, 2019
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HEJ47
Nanaimo8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
We had taken 2 sets of visitors to this interesting site, when low and behold, The Amazing Race Canada used it as one of the Vancouver Island destinations. Our friends were so happy to have seen this area before they accessed it on TV. The Cafe and Campground nearby provided a wonderful outside seafront dining experience also.
Written August 29, 2019
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FamilyLloyd
Calgary, Alberta, Canada574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We visited the Vancouver Island University Deep Bay Marine Field Station last week. There were nine of us - five adults and four children, from seven to sixteen. This is a wonderful facility, and admission supports all the research that VIU does at the facility. There are whale skeletons, lots of information tanks and posters, as well as three large touch tanks where you are encouraged to pick up sea anemones, sea stars, sea urchins, etc. There is also a very large wolf eel that is fed daily. We all had a wonderful time here, and will go back.
Written August 10, 2019
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clairehX5982CE
Bowser, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
This place is incredible! We especially enjoy the huge "aquarium" on the main floor. Downstairs there are several pools with local Marine life and touching is encouraged! Very educational experience!
Written November 6, 2018
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Bob M
Bowser, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
A great place to spend an afternoon with an inquisitive young grandchild. Lots of interesting displays.
Written September 23, 2018
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Jo S
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Visited in July with three kids (5,7,9). It is very small, but my kids loved the three touch tanks. We arrived just as a very large group was getting ready to leave. They had enough people to completely surround the touch tanks, so it's good they were leaving as we got there. If you have young kids and don't want to be disappointed, maybe call ahead to confirm there aren't any large groups visiting when you are planning to be there.

I probably wouldn't make a special trip just to go here, but it's a nice stop if you're in the area. Staff were very pleasant and helpful.
Written August 10, 2018
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Verdi-Girl
British Columbia, Canada45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
We went to the Deep Bay Marine Researh station as a family not fully knowing what to expect. We are so glad we did! It was reasonably priced, the staff was knowledgeable and friendly, there were many interesting sea creatures and small exhibits to see, and it was beautifully set on the hillside beside the ocean. Here are our highlights:
- The giant whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling (quite the story behind it) - and you get to touch real bone samples
- The orca whale skeleton in the front entry
- The viewing tanks on the entry floor
- The architecture of the building itself (mostly appreciated by my husband and myself)
- The algae lab - looked like a lab out of a science fiction movie!
- The kid reading/game book on the top floor (books, colouring pages to take home, dominoes, stuffies, etc.)
- And the best of all - the TOUCH TANKS!! They were full of very cool sea creatures and very accessible! (Sea anemones, sea cucumbers, sea stars, crabs, urchins, etc.)
It was also great that we were the only ones in the station besides the staff!
Hours: Opening (?) until 4pm
Cost: $10/adult, $5/child, kids under 6 free
Written July 14, 2018
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Macle
Calgary, Canada220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
's is a bit of a hidden gem, as it is in active working research Institute. This place cover about three stories with various aquarium, live pools where one can touch the inhabitants and other displays of local Marine life.
Written July 13, 2018
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Susan M
Bowser, Canada113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
Have been here many times but the changes have made it less enticing. Formerly, research and food preparation and public education. More about research now and less public education.
Written July 9, 2018
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