2020 October

jGB Heron up Bamfield Inlet Sept 2020 September Great Blue Heron posing up Bamfield Inlet. Photo by Heather Washburn. Click to see full version.

Hello, welcome! See the October 2020 issue of The New Bamfielder, issue #112, edited by Dr Louis Druehl. We are 7 months older and wiser in COVID-world. May kindness, wisdom and good luck attend us all as we continue to navigate this Pandemic. So far so good at the schools on Vancouver Island!

News and Announcements:

  • WEST BAMFIELD WATER SHUTDOWN for repair OCTOBER 27, 2020. See Notice. Tell your neighbours!

  • Minutes from the September 21 Community Affairs Meeting can be seen in the tab at the top of this page. Previous Minutes can be seen here also. The next Zoom meeting is 6:30pm Tuesday October 20th via ZOOM, hosted by Sean Rogers. All are welcome. For joining instructions, see this page.
  • Store Hours at the West Side Store have switched over to Fall. As of October 1st they are from 11am-5pm daily.
  • For latest developments with the Huu-ay-aht First Nations including plans and ideas affecting Bamfield see https://huuayaht.org. Still under much discussion is the planned new road. Over a year has passed since the deadly bus accident on the Bamfield Road killed two students and injured and traumatized many. HFN and the Province are partnering to build a new road, timeline three years away.
  • There is a PROVINCIAL FIRE BAN on until Oct 15th. Campfires are still allowed. The weather continues dry, so be careful and avoid unnecessary small burning and all large burning for now. Follow https://www.acrd.bc.ca/cms/wpattachments/wpID363atID1466.pdf for updates. Thanks, Phil.
  • The usual home-grown yet come-from-away marine station talent was on display Sunday Sept. 27th at a quick Covid-careful event at Brady's Beach. See the October 2020 issue for more description. Photo Collage. See two poems omitted at the event by Rebecca Waines who did much organizing and left them on the printer at home: Neowise and Old Leather Boots. Both are inspired by the wish to travel when you can't, due to a Pandemic or any other reason. 


update/Oct 2020 - hw

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*. (*There is no webmaster at present so this link is from 2019.) This school 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!

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

/most recent update October 14, 2020 - hw