2021 January

December 2020 Boardwalk Flowers overlooking BMSC Sign of the times. Photo by Heather Washburn. Click to see full version.

Hello, welcome! See the January 2020 issue of The New Bamfielder, issue #115, edited by Dr Louis Druehl. To catch up on the Professor's activities in a time of resurging interest in marine kelp, its many benefits and the farming of same, see the links listed below.

Power outages, winter storms and high tides are frequent now, along with pothole farms and flooding on the road. Bamfield remains Covid-free mercifully and Vancouver Island and BC generally are doing well in a global pandemic very few knew of a year ago. Don't be that random clueless guy or gal! Maintain vigilence and stay alert despite all our longing to relax the rules. Protect yourself and others. Vaccines are coming sooner than anybody expected and the days are already getting longer.

News and Announcements:

Bamfield Community Affairs Society:

  • The most recent meeting was November 16th - minutes here. Previous minutes can be seen in the tab at the top of this page.
  • Highlights from November are the planned workshops for a Five-Year Strategic Plan for the future of Bamfield, and details from Marci de Witt on the Alberni-Clayoquot Health Network. Much else besides. The next meeting for BCAS is 6:30pm Monday January 18th via ZOOM, hosted by Sean Rogers. The link will be posted in due time.

All eyes on Kelp! Bamfield is well-known to kelp experts as the site of kelp research and development thanks to many decades of work by Dr Louis Druehl and collaborators. Louis is the author of "Pacific Seaweeds" and its updated version "Pacific Seaweeds: Updated and Expanded Edition" co-authored with Bridgette Clarkston - THE west coast seaweed book. Interest in kelp is high at present due to global warming and the endless search for food and energy sources. To see what Louis and team are up to check out the following links:

Bamfield's loss - longtime resident Ken Scarland ("the Dude") died December 15, 2020. It's hard to imagine a gathering in front of the west-side store without his large comforting presence and rousing laugh. To see him and many others in previous days, remember that CBC Gem is a free app allowing viewers to stream many CBC programs, including Episode 1, Season 1 of "Still Standing" with Jonny Harris, from 2015, filmed in lovely BAMFIELD. Hugs to Rose.

Housing Needs in Bamfield: Go Here to sign up for one of two on-line community forums in January. The ACRD is working with VIU and Bamfielders to develop a Bamfield Housing Needs Report and wants to hear from all the community, part-time, full-time or swim-time. It's an important issue.

The Community Hall Raffle draws will be held in June and have some very nice prizes. Funds raised go to a stage sound system for the new Community Hall.

Bamfield Volunteer Fire Department Calendars are for sale in local stores and the post office. Regular fund-raising activities were cancelled due to covid.

For latest developments with the Huu-ay-aht First Nations including plans and ideas affecting Bamfield see https://huuayaht.org

As noted in the January issue of TNB (link at top of this page), the Bay house is being torn down, and here is Suzanne Jennings' full essay on her memories of its occupants. 


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The small print:The New Bamfielder is an entirely volunteer-driven project whose purpose is to provide otherwise non-existent resources to the Bamfield Community School. You may contribute using PayPal or by cash or cheque (payable to BCSA, please include the phrase Bamfielder Youth on your cheque) in person at the BCSA office or by mail: BCSA, General Delivery, Bamfield, BC, V0R 1B0.  Thank you!

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MORE INFORMATION on the Bamfield Community School which serves the children of Bamfield and Anacla residents. Donations to TNB, an entirely volunteer newspaper, provide new experiences and opportunities eg music lessons to the students of the school. Anacla is a small Huu-ay-aht First Nations village at the mouth of the Pachena River. For more information, see

You can donate to this project using PayPal or mail to Bamfield Community School Association, General Delivery, Bamfield BC V0R1B0


Welcome to The New Bamfielder! Work with us to make our village more family friendly!

The New Bamfielder is more than a community newspaper. We want to get people thinking about opportunities for the young people of Bamfield and Anacla. All donations to the newsletter go toward the Bamfield Community School Association New Bamfielder youth programs.

Our Objective: to provide Anacla and Bamfield students with extracurricular opportunities not normally available to our small student body.
The Project: to support our students in their pursuit of creative activities by providing guidance and enlightening experiences. For example, a student interested in music could have an instrument rented, receive instruction, and visit an inspiring professional.

TNB Report Card is mighty old – January 2014. It would be nice to have a new one. Here is the one from 2014. "Since the first issue in June 2011, 80-120 copies have been distributed monthly through local shops and the Post Office. Online hits have climbed from 555 for the first posted issue, January 2012, to just short of 2000 in December 2013. Donations to December 2013 totaled $2622. This last year we have focused on music: Ali Marsman held group sessions on music and one-on-one piano lessons for two months with all our students, and Scale Shore gave three ukulele sessions (we’re looking forward to her return early this year).  Thank you readers for making this possible.   - LDD"

Thanks to Heather Washburn, Associate Editor/Web Master, the online issue allows us to document the brief articles, publish minutes of Bamfield Community Affairs, announce goings-on at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, and the Village of Anacla. Photo Journalist Marc Phillip and many others have provided photos. Marc often makes beautiful collages of Bamfield events..

The New Bamfielder is a group effort resulting from conversations and interviews by Editor Dr Louis Druehl and others, plus regular contributions from many Bamfield organizations—as we march through the issues. We welcome your contributions.

The purpose of The New Bamfielder is to provide a monthly forum for Bamfield’s celebrations, people and issues. The success of this paper depends on contributions from the reading public. So, please, submit your thoughts (brevity is essential). Classifieds are accepted (no commercial ads). Submit to ldruehl@island.net.

The New Bamfielder is free but you are encouraged to contribute to the Bamfield Community School Association New Bamfielder youth programs. Anacla and Bamfield Youth oriented projects sponsored and monies raised will be published on this web site. You may contribute using PayPal or by cash or cheque (payable to BCSA, please include the phrase Bamfielder Youth on your cheque) in person at the BCSA office or by mail: BCSA, General Delivery, Bamfield, BC, V0R 1B0.  Thank you!

We welcome individuals and businesses who wish to co-sponsor youth-oriented projects. Let us have your ideas or explore our projects and we will make a difference. Enjoy, digest, respond! Contact information via e-mail is in the text above.

Louis Druehl, Editor
Heather Washburn, Associate Editor/Web Interface
Marc Phillips, Photo Journalist

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