BMSC Historical Timeline

We respectfully acknowledge that the BMSC is situated on the traditional territory of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a Nuu-chah-nulth Nation and member of the Maa-nulth Treaty Society.

HISTORICAL TIMELINE
4000 B.C.E to present

The Huu-ay-aht First Nations have a long and proud history in their traditional territories.

The Huu-ay-aht First Nations have a long and proud history in their traditional territories.

Nestled between the rugged outer coast and Barkley Sound’s protected inner waters, lies the sacred ancient village of Kiix̣in. Learn about the Huu-ay-aht First Nations have a long and proud history in their traditional territories. Their history extends back to the beginning of time, and tells of many great people, adventures, traditions and deeds. Kiixin is the traditional capital village of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation that is signatory to the Maa-nulth Final Agreement, a modern..[Read More]

1800s
1902

Bamfield Cable station constructed.

Bamfield Cable station constructed.

The Pacific Cable Board (PCB) Cable Station was constructed in 1902, and a second building in 1926, with Bamfield being the terminus of an underwater cable laid between Bamfield and Fanning Island, a tiny coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific.  

1969

Story 1 – Birth of Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre: The search for a site.

Story 1 – Birth of Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre: The search for a site.

Early in 1969, a float plane meandered its way over the convoluted bays of western Vancouver Island’s coast as eager eyes peered from the window. Seaweed scientist Louis Druehl was one of those aboard heading a search committee tasked with choosing the best spot to build a Canadian west coast marine science station. LINK TO STORY 1 – The Birth of BMSC.  

1969

Story 2 – Five Universities: A story of a remarkable collaboration.

Story 2 – Five Universities: A story of a remarkable collaboration.

This is the story of how five universities that in all other respects are competitors — UBC, SFU, UVic, UAlberta, UCalgary — came together to collaborate on the vision, construction and operation of BMSC. LINK TO STORY 2 – A Remarkable Collaboration.

1969

The first biodiversity surveys are conducted.

The first biodiversity surveys are conducted.

Throughout 1969, UBC researchers Dr. Paul Harrison, Dan Pace, Ken Bailey, and others, camped out in the cable station building, conducting the early survey work. Biodiversity surveys took place during the 1970’s through the 1980’s, led by Dr. Bill Austin (SFU) and Dr. Louis Druehl (SFU).

1972

The first Field Trip arrives from SFU.

The first Field Trip arrives from SFU.

The first visitors to the Bamfield Marine Station was a field trip from SFU. The week previous to their arrival, on March 14th 1972, the M.V. Vanlene ran aground off Austin Island, providing an opportunity to study the effects of an oil spill on the pristine shores. LINK TO STORY 4 – Bamfield Education.

1972

The first graduate students arrive, and undergraduate field courses are held at BC Packers in West Bamfield.

The first graduate students arrive, and undergraduate field courses are held at BC Packers in West Bamfield.

The Bamfield Marine Station’s first courses were held at BC Packers in West Bamfield. In the beginning, starting with nothing, “we had to improvise everything,” says Dr. Louis Druehl, who still lives and works in Bamfield. LINK TO STORY 3 – Bamfield Research.

1972

Construction of the main building labs and offices begins.

Construction of the main building labs and offices begins.

While the ecologists and phycologists carried on with their course work amidst friendly rivalry, construction was taking place at the old cable station site. A ‘penthouse’ for offices was built on the roof as well as a complex seawater system, sewage treatment plant, and backup generators were installed. LINK TO STORY 5 – Building a Vision.

1973

The Main Building is ready for students and researchers.

The Main Building is ready for students and researchers.

The ‘Main Building’ labs and offices are ready for use, and the first students arrive for their courses that summer. LINK TO STORY 5 – Building a Vision.

1980

NATO Seaweed Conference

NATO Seaweed Conference

The participants in the 1980 NATO Seaweed Conference, likely the first international conference held at the Bamfield Marine Station.

1979

Construction of student dorms begins.

Construction of student dorms begins.

Students were originally housed in the Manse (leased from the United Church in 1972), and then in tents in 1973. The Seaside dorms were constructed in 1979, providing deluxe accommodation for 24 students with an ocean view. LINK TO STORY 5 – Building a Vision.

1982

BMSC’s main ship, the M/V Alta is built.

BMSC’s main ship, the M/V Alta is built.

BMSC’s main ship, the M/V Alta, was built by Little Hoquiam Shipyards in Washington (USA). Its acquisition by BMSC was due to a generous grant to the University of Calgary by the Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations and the Province of Alberta. LINK TO STORY 7 – Boats and Diving.

1985

Pacific Ecology Conference hosted for the first time.

Pacific Ecology Conference hosted for the first time.

The Pacific Ecology Conference (PEC) was hosted by the Bamfield Marine Station for the first time in 1985. Now called the “Pacific Ecology & Evolution Conference”, PEEC is a student-run, annual conference that aims to provide opportunities to early-career scientists to exchange ideas and seek collaborations with peers from across Western Canada and the United States, welcoming presentations on any and all types of ecology/evolution research. LINK TO STORY 6 – Life at Bamfield.

1992

Construction begins on the Ecophysiology Lab.

Construction begins on the Ecophysiology Lab.

The Eco-physiology Laboratory consists of five laboratories and adjoining aquaria with flow-through seawater and dry lab space, supporting neurophysiology, animal physiology, and molecular biology research. Three laboratories in the Eco-physiology building are designated for isotope use, certified by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and equipped with a liquid scintillation counter. This facility also houses an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, -80˚F freezer, autoclave, and various other equipment. Expansion of the library also took place during this time. LINK TO STORY..Story 5 – Building a Vision

2001

BMS changes name to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC)

BMS changes name to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC)

After much discussion among the Management Council, and BMS Administration and Staff at the time, the Bamfield Marine Station was renamed to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, with the goal to be inclusive of other disciplines beyond marine sciences.

2001

BMSC receives a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant of 3.2 million

BMSC receives a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant of 3.2 million

The funds from the CFI grant were used to provide a Fluids Dynamics Lab, a Confocal Microscope, the research and diving vessel, the Barkley Star, and a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), expanding the BMSC facilities to a new level for research and education. LINK TO STORY 3 – Bamfield Research.

2002

Groundbreaking for the Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries

Groundbreaking for the Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries

Now a focal point at the BMSC, “the Rix,” as it is lovingly called, is a striking building with scalloped roof and awe-inspiring ocean view. Overlooking Bamfield inlet, inside the Rix are an Environmental Integrity Lab with high-quality seawater; a Biotechnology Lab supporting molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry and physiology; a Digital Imaging Facility with high tech confocal laser scanning and compound microscopes, analytical equipment labs, computer lab and office space. It was a cast of champions, featuring Dr. Dick..Story 5 – Building a Vision

2004

Construction of the Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries

Construction of the Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries

The Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries is a stunning landmark on the coast, built with the generous donation from Dr. Donald B. Rix. This impressive facility, with its scalloped roof, floor-to-ceiling windows and warm wood finish, combines flexible meeting space with a breathtaking ocean view. LINK TO STORY 5 – Building a Vision.

2005

BMSC receives its first NSERC Promoscience grant

BMSC receives its first NSERC Promoscience grant

BMSC receives its first NSERC Promoscience grant, now its longest running grant, and one of its largest, enabling the famously successful Field Trip Program. LINK TO STORY 4 – Bamfield Education.

2006

Humpback whale lunge feeding in the harbour!

Humpback whale lunge feeding in the harbour!

Humpback whale lunge-feeding in Bamfield Inlet distracts guests at Visitor’s Day. LINK TO STORY 6 – Life at Bamfield.

2011

The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston visit.

The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston visit.

Left to right: Sharon Johnston, David Johnston, Cliff Haylock, Shirley Pakula.

2013

Construction begins on Dr. Dan Bolnick’s stickleback lab.

Construction begins on Dr. Dan Bolnick’s stickleback lab.

The Bolnick Lab at the BMSC is located at the lower level of the Main Building, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Bolnick’s Lab studies the evolution and ecology of variation within species; evolutionary immunology; host-parasite co-evolution; speciation. LINK TO STORY 5 – Building a Vision.

2014

BMSC has its major grant, the NSERC Major Resources Support Program, cut.

BMSC has its major grant, the NSERC Major Resources Support Program, cut.

BMSC has its major grant cut – NSERC Major Resources Support Program – representing about 20% of BMSC’s total budget. This was a huge blow, explains current director Sean Rogers, “leaving us on a ledge.” There were national repercussions from the loss of this grant, which has never been reinstated. Nevertheless, alumni and staff coming together creatively in the face of challenges, BMSC has found the motivation and funds to carry on.

2014

BMSC Re-brands with a new and energizing look.

BMSC Re-brands with a new and energizing look.

Under the creative guidance of Massif Creative, BMSC embarks on a new look and feel, with the goal to re-energize the relationship with our five western Canadian university partners. Lacking a communications strategy and consistent brand identity made it difficult for BMSC to showcase the facilities, location, research resources, and academic achievements. The elevated brand has allowed us to attract new opportunities, and renew the bond with our partners.

2016

David and Susan Rockefeller visit BMSC.

David and Susan Rockefeller visit BMSC.

Visit from philanthropist David Rockefeller Jr, his wife Susan Rockefeller, and friends from the Rockefeller Foundation and Oceana. David, Susan and their guests stopped by for a BMSC tour to observe student activities and facilities during their sailing trip around Vancouver Island.

2017

BMSC awarded a Post-Secondary Strategic Infrastructure (SIF) grant.

BMSC awarded a Post-Secondary Strategic Infrastructure (SIF) grant.

BMSC awarded a Post-Secondary Strategic Infrastructure (SIF) grant, bringing $1.5M funding from member university presidents. The funding allowed for critical upgrades and improvements to the power grid, foreshore, main building, IT, fuel storage, seawater system, and cable tank to name a few.  

2018

Wastewater treatment plant MOU signed by BMSC & HFN partners.

Wastewater treatment plant MOU signed by BMSC & HFN partners.

Memorandum of Understanding signed by WCUMSS President and Huu-ay-aht First Nation for construction of a future Wastewater Plant. The WCUMSS member universities (UVIC, UBC, SFU, UCalgray and UAlberta) contribute $1M towards the Wastewater Treatment Plant. LINK TO STORY 8 – Collaborative Futures.

2020

Province of British Columbia and the Huu-ay-aht First Nation sign an agreement for a $30M road upgrade.

Province of British Columbia and the Huu-ay-aht First Nation sign an agreement for a $30M road upgrade.

On Sept. 13, 2019, a bus accident with UVic students on a field trip tragically took the lives of Emma Machado and John Geerdes, with many others injured. In the wake of this tragedy, the Province of British Columbia and the Huu-ay-aht First Nation sign an agreement for a $30M road upgrade.

2020

BMSC closed to in-person learning due to COVID-19 pandemic

BMSC closed to in-person learning due to COVID-19 pandemic

BMSC closed to in-person learning due to COVID-19 pandemic, remaining open for research. Online learning launched for virtual field trips. LINK TO STORY 4 – Bamfield Education.

2022

BMSC celebrates its 50th anniversary!

BMSC celebrates its 50th anniversary!

BMSC celebrates 50 years of excellence in research & education! Read the Bamfield Stories, view a short video of the history of BMSC, slideshow of historical photos, and the results of our 50th Anniversary Bioblitz.


Over the last 50 years, there have been so many milestones, so if you have suggestions for additions to our historical timeline, email us your submission with a photo.

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