Program Details

Harbor seals, humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises and California sea lions converge each summer on the spectacular British Columbian coastline, providing the unmatched opportunity to study marine mammals in their natural habitats.
Location:
Vancouver, Canada
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

First, we make our way to Telegraph Cove where we learn from local naturalists and researchers. From this historic fishing village, we head out to whale watch and observe orcas, humpbacks and other large marine mammals up close.

After being on the water, we find our way to the Whale Interpretive Center where we assist in conservation work that helps protect habitats for years. The knowledge gained from the Center is put to good use as we head out on a kayak adventure in the Johnstone Strait. While on the water, watch for orcas and other amazing creatures.

We switch work to focus on salmon at the Quinsam River Fish Hatchery. Here we view many different species of salmon both in their natural habitat and the hatchery. We continue expanding our knowledge at the Salmon Coast Field Station where we begin studying marine mammals formally with researchers.

We finish our adventure kayaking the rugged Deer Island Group in Barkley Sound. Explore during the day and camp on remote islands at night. Spy everything we have learned about in the water as you dip your paddles in.

Harbor seals, humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises and California sea lions converge each summer on the spectacular British Columbian coastline, providing the unmatched opportunity to study marine mammals in their natural habitats. Join us on one of our most extraordinary adventures — our staff’s favorite — to explore, learn and immerse yourself in the world of whales, seals and other marine mammals. With pristine wilderness, dramatic terrain and quaint fishing villages, Vancouver is a fantastic place to spend your summer. Learn and work alongside marine scientists, researchers and naturalist guides, both in the classroom and in stunning wilderness settings. You will never forget the first time you see a wild orca breaching or a pod of grey whales swimming just feet from your boat. Two sea kayaking adventures give you ample opportunities to encounter wildlife up close, while more formal studies, community service work and hands-on research give you the in-depth knowledge to make the most of these experiences.

Quite simply, no one does it better. Broadreach has the most experience running marine science programs for teenagers, as well as an extraordinary and unequaled selection of hands-on adventures. Our students earn college credit and discover our world’s marine environments and inhabitants firsthand – from amazing marine mammals to delicate coral reef systems – in some of the most spectacular habitats imaginable. This is not your ordinary marine biology summer program!

Setting Description:
Vancouver Island, not to be confused with Vancouver the city, is a sparsely populated natural wonderland. It features one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems: Rainforests, rugged coastline, deserted beaches. Plus oceans filled with dolphins, whales, sea lions and porpoises. The bulk of your time is spent on this Vancouver, at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. The renowned research facility is set in the charming fishing village of Bamfield, overlooking Barkley sound. After a few days of serious oceanography and marine mammal ecology study alongside marine scientists, we make our way to Telegraph Cove. Telegraph is a historic fishing village situated on orca-rich Johnstone Strait. It’s also launching point for Vancouver Island’s whale watching industry. Marveling at pods of whales all day and doing hands-on service work at the Whale Interpretive Center is enough to exhaust anyone. Time for a quick break on the islands of Johnstone Strait.

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