Weather, Tides, & Data

Weather & Tides

Tofino weather forecast (from Environment Canada)

Marine Forecast (West Coast Vancouver Island South, Environment Canada)

What are the surf conditions on Vancouver Island?

How big is that fog bank?

What is the wind doing?

Cool visualizations of global climate conditions

The BMSC weather station is part of the  School-Based Weather Station Network is being developed by Andrew Weaver and Ed Wiebe at the University of Victoria. The weather station is located on the roof of the main building at BMSC.

See the School-Based Weather Station Network website for more details.

For further information and data inquiries please contact If you find a problem or have a question about the site please be sure to send the relevant site and page address (the URL from your browser’s address bar). Also include a screen capture image if you can so that they can see what you are seeing.

Sea conditions at La Perouse Bank, from the National Data Buoy Center

– wind direction & speed – sea & air temp
– wave height & period – every hour

the ID for data download on this buy is C46206

DFO’s Oceanography and Scientific Data – Waves and other Moored Marine Buoy Observations

The Government of Canada has been collecting, processing, archiving and disseminating surface gravity wave data on behalf of Canadians since 1970.

Environment Data for Barkley Sound

BMSC and our Research community hold other data sets not available online.  For further information or assistance please contact the Librarian.

Ocean Networks Canada - Data & Tools

Over 60 data products are available to users of Ocean Networks Canada data, ranging from time series scalar plots to wav audio files to daily currents plots.

Check out what ONC has to offer.

Bamfield Weather Data Archive: 1959 - 1998

Bamfield East weather station. Peter Janitis, Grappler Inlet. Data 1959-1998

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Scientific Data & Products

Oceanographic information and data collected and aggregated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Data is collected through several national and international programs. Data is managed by the policy for scientific data.


Weather Data from BC Lighthouses

Daily sea surface temperature and salinity observations have been carried out at several locations on the coast of British Columbia since the early part of the 20th century.

Presently termed the British Columbia Shore Station Oceanographic Program (BCSOP), there are 12 participating stations.


For a general overview of the climate of Barkley Sound, the BMSC librarian also recommends:

Plants on Islands, Diversity and Dynamics on a Continental Archipelago, Martin L. Cody, 2006, U of C Press. Chapter 2 contains a great summary of the geography, geology, topography, climate, and flora of islands in Barkley Sound.

Do you have a data link to recommend? Please e-mail the Librarian.

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