A Week in Bamfield

Like last year, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend a week studying with my students at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. While I had to deal with some sadness, the trip was excellent overall. We had beautiful weather and did some fantastic activities. The west coast is beautiful and I always enjoy any opportunity I get to be there.

The week is jam-packed, but here are a few of the highlights. We did a lot of the same activities as last time, but I enjoyed them all over again.

Cruising in Grappler Inlet (to collect water samples) on a super sunny day. Such a beautiful location, and on a sunny day I enjoyed spotting eagles, kingfishers and jellyfish while the students collected some water samples.

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Exploring tide pools. There are some crazy things in tide pools and I could spend hours watching them – good thing that was our job!

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Marine life. This crazy sea cucumber, as well as seals, sea lions and a super cool flat fish were just a few of the things we spotted.

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Hanging out on beautiful beaches. It helped that it was warm and sunny, but the beaches at Bamfield are super pretty. I love Brady’s Beach because it is sandy and you almost feel like you’re somewhere tropical.

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Seastars (starfishes!) are my favourite invertebrate and there are always so many on the rocks, in the pools and everywhere. These ocher stars are pretty but I also found a few leather stars and some brittle stars too.

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This one day that we made sand castles. I needed a time out and this was the perfect place to take one. The students built some crazy sand castles and I took a few minutes just to chill out. A well needed break.

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Sunsets from the observation deck. We had some beautiful evenings and I loved going to watch the sun set over Barkley Sound.

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Its easy to see why people pack up and move to small coastal towns. I spent some of my time day dreaming about owning a cottage on the rocky shore but eventually we had to return to Calgary. While we don’t have any coastal travel plans this year, I’m thinking that we should plan a family vacation on the coast next year.

 

2 Comments

  1. 1) I love that you have a “favourite” invertebrate.
    2) Come visit in Seattle! We have plenty of coastline 🙂

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