Located on Barkley Sound
(long famous for great fishing) on the West Coast of Vancouver Island
, Bamfield can be reached by road, boat or plane.
It offers abundant opportunities for fishing, relaxation, hiking, ocean kayaking and canoeing. The village spans both sides of an inlet not far from the Pacific; its houses, resorts, and stores are joined by boardwalks lining the inlet, which serves as the main street. An inexpensive water taxi provides transportation between West Banfield, which is on the Mills Peninsula, and East Bamfield, which is located on the mainland.
Take a nature cruise to watch grey whales and sea lions, or go diving in clear waters to see intertidal life and shipwrecks. Bamfield offers many hiking opportunities, including the north entrance of the West Coast Trail three miles away at Pachena Bay and the Keeha Bay Trail. On the Barkley Sound, fishing is prevalent with catches of Tyee, Chum, and Coho salmon.
Bamfield provides ready access to the Broken Group Islands, a group of 100 islands included in the Pacific Rim National Park. This is considered an ultimate experience by sea kayakers.