The Hakai Beach Institute occupies an isolated 87 hectare (215 acre) site on Calvert Island on the exposed Pacific edge of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. We are surrounded by the Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy, which at 1,230 square kilometers is the largest marine conservancy on the BC coast. The austere Hakai landscape has been sculpted by the hurricane-force storms and fierce Arctic outflow winds that lash the site during much of the year.
In the summer time, however, Hakai’s spectacular beaches and vistas and rich intertidal life make it a natural meeting place where people have congregated for millennia. We draw inspiration from that long tradition, which enriches the activities we host. We partner with local First Nations, the BC universities, local schools, BC Parks and other organizations, and through those partnerships seek a creative synthesis between science and the traditional knowledge of the people of the Central Coast. Together we seek to bring education, expertise, inspiration and leadership to this wild and spectacular part of the world.
We are committed to long term, year round, ecological monitoring of climate, ocean conditions and other environmental variables in this relatively poorly studied but exceedingly important region of the Pacific coast.
Stay in Touch with Hakai
We have webcams at various locations. Bandwidth limitations preclude our providing live access, but we have recent still images from cameras mounted on our dock and on the top of Beach Lookout. You can also view time lapse videos from the dock and Beach Lookout sites for all days that the cameras have been operational. We also have weather stations on line from the dock and the Beach Lookout. We have recently installed a weather station and web cam at the Quadra campus.