The Cedar Coast Field Station is situated on a 45 acre, waterfront property on the southeast shoreline of Vargas Island, British Columbia. The site is located approximately 5 kilometers northwest of Tofino, and is bordered by mixed rocky and gravel beach shoreline to the east, private forested lands to the north and south, and the Vargas Island Provincial Park to the west. A sheltered gravel beach provides easy and safe access for swimming, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and paddle boarding excursions. The site contains a mix of new and old growth forest, predominantly Western red cedar (Thuja plicata), Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis), and Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla). Below the conifer canopies, Salal (Gaultheria shallon), Salmon berry (Rubus spectabilis), Evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum), and Deer fern (Blechnum spicant) primarily make up the dense underbrush.
This site provides a fine balance of remoteness and accessibility; it is far enough away from Tofino to avoid much of the town’s noise and light pollution, while close enough for guests to access many goods and services via a 10-minute boat ride in most weather conditions.