It’s Time to Start Your Adventure

Bamfield is a spectacular location for whale watching as well as all other sea life. Sea lions, seals, otters, eagles, herons, puffins, bears are frequently seen in the area. 

There are many sea caves to explore with rock arches and unique landforms along the coast. 

The rainforest is moist and full of the most amazing vegetation.

Music by the Sea is an annual event held in July in Bamfield.

The Mushroom Festival is held every September. 

There are Fishing derbies such as the BVFD Salmon Derby or the Bamfield Tuna Shootout  held during the summer,  with amazing prizes. 


There are many wilderness adventures and activities to do in the Bamfield area besides fishing. Barkley Sound offers the adventurous opportunities to kayak, hike, backpack, wilderness/whale watch, beach-comb and many other experiences.

Please contact us to add any of these activities to your stay. We would be happy to help arrange them for you.


Explore tiny islands, quiet coves and camp on white sandy beaches – all within Barkley Sound. Both the Broken Island Group and the Deer Group offer exciting adventures to ocean kayakers. Watch for whales, eagles, bears and abundant intertidal life. Explore on your own or as part of a tour group leading and guiding you.

You can rent kayaks with Bamfield Kayak Rentals – 250 668-9499

Backpacking /Hiking the West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail (WCT)  either begins or ends in Bamfield. It is a 77km hike. It is a coastal wilderness component of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. It has the reputation of being one of the most grueling treks in North America. It is isolated, strenuous, physically challenging and potentially hazardous. It is also extremely rewarding due to the spectacular scenery and unique setting.   

Reservations to hike the trail are mandatory. Click here for more information. 

For more information about camping in this area, please refer to Parks Canada at: Pacific Rim National Park


The coastal area around Bamfield is home to some of the worlds richest and most diverse habitats for intertidal marine life. The intertidal zone is a wonderful place to explore and observe a variety of marine plants and animals.

Please visit the Bamfield Marine Science Centre web site for more information.


Wildlife Watching

Grey whales, Humpback and Killer whales migrate the coastal waters of Barkley Sound, along with porpoises, seals, sea lions, and elephant seals. These majestic creatures can be viewed from the coastline or by boat just offshore. Bamfield is also renowned for its bird watching, with a wide variety of birds, including bald eagles, ospreys, and herons, and the endangered marbled murrelet and spotted owl.