Posted by: cherylyoung | March 18, 2012

For a musical concert like no other anywhere

For a musical concert like no other anywhere

 in the world, you have to visit Bamfield B.C

  Bamfield, a tiny resort hamlet nestled quietly in a

protected inlet on the south shore of Barkley Sound,

is best known for its superb salmon fishing adventures.

 

This tiny fishing and harbour village, heavily populated

by marine biologists, is a quiet, unassuming village

where the love of the land and sea prevails.

The Bamfield community, with a population of around

200, is surrounded by Crown land, Indian Reserves,

and portions of the Pacific Rim National Park,

ensuring protection of unspoiled marine environments

from excessive development.

 

Being part of the Pacific Rim, Bamfield offers a challenge

for the explorer, nature lover and experienced hiker.

Despite its size, Bamfield boasts a variety of well-equipped

shops, restaurants, galleries, equipment rentals and

accommodation, and is an enchanting place to

begin kayaking, canoeing or scuba diving.

Bamfield is divided into two sections, separated by

about 200 yards of the Bamfield Inlet.

 

The west side of Bamfield is linked by a waterfront

boardwalk that connects all the homes and docks on

the harbour side.

 

The east side of Bamfield contains most of the businesses,

including a pub, a market and café.

To cross between the two sides of town, you can call a water taxi.

The Nuu-chah-nulth people occupied large villages

in the Broken Group and Deer Group Islands and

at Execution Rock, Cape Beale and Grappler Inlet.

Prior to contact with Europeans, the native population

of Barkley Sound is estimated to have been between

3000 and 5000.

Village sites, middens, fish traps, culturally modified

trees, lookouts and fallen longhouses remain as part

of the rich cultural heritage.

 

Bamfield had its beginnings as an outpost for fur

trading and a fishing community in the late 1800s.

Shortly thereafter the Pacific Cable Board chose

Bamfield as the Eastern terminus for their trans-Pacific

cable, sponsored by the Commonwealth governments

who wanted a reliable and secure means of communication.

The Bamfield Cable station was constructed in 1902,

with an underwater cable laid in October of the

same year, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of the Pacific

from Bamfield to Fanning Island, a tiny coral atoll

in the mid-Pacific.

From there the cable ran to Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

 

In 1926, a second building was constructed (which now

serves as the main laboratory for the marine station),

and at the same time, a duplicate cable was laid

to Suva, Fiji.

In 1953, the two cables were extended up the Alberni

Canal, and on June 20, 1959 after 57 years in operation,

the Bamfield Cable Station was closed.

 

In 1965, the old wooden buildings and surrounding

houses were demolished leaving only the concrete

cable station (designated a historic site and monument

in 1930), two cable storage tanks and adjacent building.

 

The West Coast Trail runs for 77 kilometres along the

west side of Vancouver Island between the hamlets

of Port Renfrew in the south and Bamfield in the north,

and lies within the southern boundaries of Pacific Rim

National Park.

 

The trail was originally created in 1907 to assist in the

rescue of shipwrecked passengers and crews who ran

aground in an extremely rugged area that has deservedly

earned the reputation as one of the graveyards of the Pacific,

with more than 60 ships lost over the past two centuries.

As harsh today as then, less-endangered people willingly

subject themselves to this legendary trail’s test

of endurance.

Such a reputation adds a wild spice to adventuring here.

 

Venture with care and you’ll come away with wonderful

memories of your time spent by the shoreline, where

many creatures live in splendid harmony with the

ocean’s deep rhythms.Population: 200

Location: Bamfield is located in the heart of the Pacific

Rim National Park on the West Coast of Vancouver Island,

56 miles (89 km) from Port Alberni and 77 miles (123 km)

from Lake Cowichan.

Bamfield is reached from either of two directions, both

of which require several hours drive on gravel logging roads.

 

You can drive to Bamfield on black top as far as

Port Alberni, and thereafter over 56 miles (89 km)

of well-maintained gravel roads south of Port Alberni

to Bamfield, or along a 77-mile (123-km) route west

of Lake Cowichan via Nitinat Lake.

The gravel logging road takes about two hours to travel,

and is mostly used by logging trucks during the week

so caution is required.

 

Visitors can also fly by chartered floatplane from

several locations on Vancouver Island, including

Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver

on the mainland.

 

The most scenic way to get to Bamfield is to travel

board the MV Frances Barkley in Port Alberni and sail

down the Alberni Inlet to Bamfield.

 

the Broken Group Islands

in Barkley Sound to the fishing ports of Bamfield

and Ucluelet.

In the course of a day’s trip the sturdy wooden packet

freighter drops mail, groceries, supplies, and the

occasional passenger along the way at float homes

and the Sechart Whaling Station.

View maps of the area: Map of the Pacific Rim Map of the Pacific Rim / West Coast Trail

 

Bamfield is home to one of the most exciting musical

concerts anywhere in the world. 

www.musicbythesea.ca

 

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY  B.C  www.cherylyoung.ca 

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