Barkley Sound


Bamfield BC 

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Barkley Sound, also known historically as Barclay Sound, is south of Ucluelet and north of Bamfield on the west coast of Vancouver Island and forms the entrance to the Alberni Inlet. The Broken Islands Group lies in the sound. Barkley Sound is part of the traditional territory of the Nuu-cha-nulth First Nations. In 1787, Captain Charles William Barkley of the Imperial Eagle, explored the sound and named it after himself. Barkley traveled with his 17-year-old bride, Frances Barkley, the first European woman to visit what is now British Columbia.In 1791 the Spanish ship Santa Saturnina, under Juan Carrasco and José María Narváez, explored Barkley Sound in detail. The Spanish named it Boca de Carrasco. Another Spanish name in common use at the time was Entrada Nitinat.In 1933, 27 years after the sinking of the SS Valencia, the ship's lifeboat #5 was found floating in Barkley Sound. Remarkably, it was in good condition, with much of the original paint remaining. The boat's nameplate is now on display in the Maritime Museum of British Columbia.

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Rustic Bamfield Cabin weekend - unlimitied diving

Rustic Bamfield Cabin weekend - unlimitied diving
09:00 am - 13 July 2018

At Barkley Sound

Barkley Sound offers some of the best cold water diving in the world. The high exposure of the far West coast brings with it high productivity and diversity. The...

5 Day Instructional Expedition to the Broken Group of Islands

5 Day Instructional Expedition to the Broken Group of Islands
08:00 am - 28 September 2017

At Barkley Sound

We love visiting this destination at this time of year, there are no crowds so you really do feel 'away from it all' Imagine yourself here, paddling amongst the...

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