University of Alberta’s professor Tamzin Blewett is one of those returnees. “To be there as a Principal Investigator,” says Blewett, after time there as a student and postdoc, “was really surreal.” Blewett has fond memories of evenings at the station hearing the sounds of Music By the Sea drift over to her cabin. Being at Bamfield, “You feel like you’re at the edge of the Earth,” says Blewett. “It’s an overwhelming, magical experience.”
Music, whether at the Music by the Sea festival at the Rix centre or informally with guitars and songs around sunset campfires on the beach, is just one of the many experiences at BMSC that goes beyond science. Station escapades have included polar bear swims, an unsuccessful student-led movement to build a sauna, games at the tennis court lined with white seashells, art projects, soapbox derbies, village dances, seaweed cooking competitions, Friday night socials on the Director’s deck, citizen science BioBlitzes, and a myriad of other experiences by the sea.