Getting There


Situated in the town of Bamfield, within the traditional territory of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation in Barkley Sound, and adjacent the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre offers unparalleled access to a wide array of environments – including unique coastal, marine and rainforest habitats and exceptional species diversity.

Perched on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, BMSC provides access to a remarkable diversity of marine, terrestrial, freshwater and cultural sites of the North East Pacific basin.

Each student will be assigned to a painting group at the start of the retreat. You'll have the chance to paint with all three Master Instructors during your stay.

There will be ample opportunity to paint in your group and by yourself, receive training from our excellent instructors, and socialize with fellow artists in the evenings.

Whether by air, car, boat or bus, there are a multitude of options to get to our destination. To explore which come most recommended by our host venue, clickhere.

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre has also provided this handy documentof their recommended transportation providers.

Buchanan lodge will be our home base for the 2019 retreat.

Each room is shared occupancy, two to a room. If you'd like to stay with a friend, be sure to email with your room share request, after making your booking.  

Included in the price of the retreat, in addition to four days of instruction, are all your meals, snacks and coffee and tea.

Executive Chef Patrick Edmunson can cater to a range of dietary needs, so let us know if there's anything you need.


Federation Retreat, 2019

September 3rd - 8th - Bamfield, British Columbia

Federation of Canadian Artists

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre