Posted by: cherylyoung | April 27, 2013

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.

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