Field Stations

Queen's University Biological Station

For 70 years, researchers and students have gathered at QUBS to conduct leading-edge research and participate in courses spanning ecology, evolution, conservation, geography, and environmental science. With > 3,400 hectares of land encompassing lakes, marshes, streams and mixed wood forest, QUBS is an ideal venues for field research, teaching & outreach.

For 70 years, researchers and students have gathered at QUBS to conduct leading-edge research and participate in courses spanning ecology, evolution, conservation, geography, and environmental science. With > 3,400 hectares of land encompassing lakes, marshes, streams and mixed wood forest, QUBS is...

Gault Nature Reserve

Situated at Mont Saint-Hilaire, Gault Nature Reserve protects the largest remnant of the primeval landscape in southern Quebec. Through the Reserve, McGill University provides an outdoor laboratory for teaching, a field station for research and the experience of a unique ecosystem to the general public interested in the environment.

Situated at Mont Saint-Hilaire, Gault Nature Reserve protects the largest remnant of the primeval landscape in southern Quebec. Through the Reserve, McGill University provides an outdoor laboratory for teaching, a field station for research and the experience of a unique ecosystem to the general pub...

Kluane Lake Research Station

The Arctic Institute of North America (AINA), Univ. Calgary, is home to the Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS). AINA was created in 1945 to advance studies of the circumpolar Arctic through the natural & social sciences. KLRS is key to this and for > 50 years has been one of the busiest field stations in northern Canada. Located in SW Yukon, KLRS provides an entry to the Icefield Ranges of the St. Elias Mtns, Canada's highest mountains & largest glaciers. The elevation difference (>5000 m) between Kluane Lake and the crest of the St. Elias Mtns. provides a strong environmental gradient and diverse & unique research opportunities.

The Arctic Institute of North America (AINA), Univ. Calgary, is home to the Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS). AINA was created in 1945 to advance studies of the circumpolar Arctic through the natural & social sciences. KLRS is key to this and for > 50 years has been one of the busiest field stati...

Tundra Ecosystem Research Station

The Tundra Ecosystem Research Station (TERS) is located at Daring Lake, Northwest Territories about 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife. It is in the Southern Arctic Ecozone, approximately 50 km north of the treeline. Founded in 1994 to facilitate long-term research and monitoring of the tundra ecosystem, TERS is a green facility boasting solar & wind power, and the latest waste management techniques.

The Tundra Ecosystem Research Station (TERS) is located at Daring Lake, Northwest Territories about 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife. It is in the Southern Arctic Ecozone, approximately 50 km north of the treeline. Founded in 1994 to facilitate long-term research and monitoring of the tundra...

Churchill Northern Studies Centre

The Churchill Northern Studies Centre is a non-profit, independent research and education facility located 23 km east of Churchill, Manitoba. It lies on the Hudson Bay seacoast at the meeting of 3 biomes: marine, northern boreal forest, and tundra. The Centre provides meals, accommodations, equipment rentals, and logistical support to researchers working on diverse topics in northern science. The Centre also facilitates many educational programs including general interest courses for the public & university credit courses for students.

The Churchill Northern Studies Centre is a non-profit, independent research and education facility located 23 km east of Churchill, Manitoba. It lies on the Hudson Bay seacoast at the meeting of 3 biomes: marine, northern boreal forest, and tundra. The Centre provides meals, accommodations, equipmen...

Biogeoscience Institute

The BGS Institute facilitates leading-edge research and experiential learning of biological diversity and the ecosystem processes that support it in the Canadian Rockies and environs. The Institute resulted from the merger of two research entities: the Kananaskis Field Stations and the G8 Legacy Chair in Wildlife Ecology. The BGS Institute consists of two field stations. The Barrier Lake Station (built 1967), located in the Kananakis Valley 80 km west of Calgary, and the R.B. Miller Station (founded 1950), located in the Sheep River Provincial Park 110 km sw of Calgary. The field stations support researchers, courses, and conferences from both Canadian and international institutions.

The BGS Institute facilitates leading-edge research and experiential learning of biological diversity and the ecosystem processes that support it in the Canadian Rockies and environs. The Institute resulted from the merger of two research entities: the Kananaskis Field Stations and the G8 Legacy Cha...

Algonquin Wildlife Research Station

The AWRS is a 4-season facility that facilitates field research & education in Algonquin Provincial Park. For 70 years the AWRS has provided accommodations, meals and lab space to researchers and educators interested in the diverse flora and fauna of the area. The AWRS maintains a 80 sq km research reserve encompassing dozens of lakes, rivers and streams that provide habitat to many threatened species. This unique setting hosts many long term (50+ yr) research projects on the life-history, ecology and behaviour of the reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals of Algonquin.

The AWRS is a 4-season facility that facilitates field research & education in Algonquin Provincial Park. For 70 years the AWRS has provided accommodations, meals and lab space to researchers and educators interested in the diverse flora and fauna of the area. The AWRS maintains a 80 sq km research...

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is a shared campus of the Universities of Victoria, British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary, and Simon Fraser University. Perched on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island it provides access to a remarkable diversity of marine, terrestrial, freshwater and cultural sites of the North East Pacific. With 3000 sq m of modern laboratory space it can support research in almost any field of study.

The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is a shared campus of the Universities of Victoria, British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary, and Simon Fraser University. Perched on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island it provides access to a remarkable diversity of marine, terrestrial, freshwater and cultural s...

Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory

The research at the Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory investigates processes that control water, sediment, carbon, nutrient and contaminant fluxes from High Arctic watersheds, integrated with studies of soil biochemical, vegetation and trace gas processes.

The research at the Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory investigates processes that control water, sediment, carbon, nutrient and contaminant fluxes from High Arctic watersheds, integrated with studies of soil biochemical, vegetation and trace gas processes.

Evelyn and Morrill Richardson Field Station

Bon Portage Island (Outer Island on many maps) is owned by Acadia University and is home to the Evelyn and Morrill Richardson Field Station in Biology. The Department of Biology maintains the Island and offers a Natural History Field Course.

Bon Portage Island (Outer Island on many maps) is owned by Acadia University and is home to the Evelyn and Morrill Richardson Field Station in Biology. The Department of Biology maintains the Island and offers a Natural History Field Course.

Bonne Bay Marine Station

The Bonne Bay Marine Station is nestled in the quaint community of Norris Point and surrounded by Gros Morne National Park on Newfoundland's picturesque west coast. Our mandate is to support teaching, research and community engagement related to coastal and nearby environments and the communities they support. We strive to be: Multidiscplinary, Community-Engaged, Research Building, Experiential and leaders in Outreach.

The Bonne Bay Marine Station is nestled in the quaint community of Norris Point and surrounded by Gros Morne National Park on Newfoundland's picturesque west coast. Our mandate is to support teaching, research and community engagement related to coastal and nearby environments and the communities th...

Experimental Lakes Area

The Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is a freshwater research facility in northwestern Ontario, Canada, comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds. Founded in 1968, it is one of the only places in the world where researchers can conduct whole-ecosystem experiments, manipulating lakes to study how all aspects of the ecosystem - from the atmosphere to fish populations - respond. IISD-ELA welcomes collaborations to build capacity for freshwater science and policy action in Canada and around the world.

The Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is a freshwater research facility in northwestern Ontario, Canada, comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds. Founded in 1968, it is one of the only places in the world where researchers can conduct whole-ecosystem experiments, manipulating lakes to stud...

Station de biologie des Laurentides

The Station de biologie des Laurentides is a University of Montreal facility that enables leading-edge teaching and research in environmental science & sustainability, climate change, and conservation. Located in Saint-Hippolyte, its lands span 16.4 km2 of forests, wetlands and rugged terrain characteristic of the Laurentians and the Canadian Shield.

The Station de biologie des Laurentides is a University of Montreal facility that enables leading-edge teaching and research in environmental science & sustainability, climate change, and conservation. Located in Saint-Hippolyte, its lands span 16.4 km<sup>2</sup> of forests, wetlands and rugged ter...

Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill

The Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill (KSR) is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine just north of Canada's largest city, Toronto. Its 350 hectares span a mosaic of wetlands and forests, including Ontario's largest remaining stand of old-growth hardwood. KSR is internationally recognized for fostering cutting-edge research and education in biodiversity, ecology and conservation biology.

The Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill (KSR) is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine just north of Canada's largest city, Toronto. Its 350 hectares span a mosaic of wetlands and forests, including Ontario's largest remaining stand of old-growth hardwood. KSR is internationally recognized for fos...

Huntsman Marine Science Centre

The Huntsman Marine Science Centre (Huntsman) is a private, not-for-profit research and teaching institution located on the Bay of Fundy in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Established in 1969 by a consortium of universities, government departments and private sector interests, Huntsman is active in stewardship of ocean resources, undergrad education, and public and school outreach.

The Huntsman Marine Science Centre (Huntsman) is a private, not-for-profit research and teaching institution located on the Bay of Fundy in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Established in 1969 by a consortium of universities, government departments and private sector interests, Huntsman is active in ste...

Bylot Island Field Station (Centre d'études nordiques)

Bylot Island is located off the northern tip of Baffin Island, Nunavut, is accessible through the communities of Mittimatalik & Nanisivik. The field station is located in a large glacial valley at the sw end of Bylot Is. This high arctic area has ice caps, permanent snow patches, mountains, valleys, shoreline, and heterogeneous tundra.

Bylot Island is located off the northern tip of Baffin Island, Nunavut, is accessible through the communities of Mittimatalik & Nanisivik. The field station is located in a large glacial valley at the sw end of Bylot Is. This high arctic area has ice caps, permanent snow patches, mountains, valleys...

Ward Hunt Island Field Station (Centre d'études nordiques)

Ward Hunt Island is located off the north coast of Ellesmere Island approx. 750 kms from the North Pole. It is part of Quttinirpaaq National Park, Nunavut, Canada. Part of the High Arctic, the climate regime is typical of polar deserts, with dry and extremely cold temperatures (annual mean temp -17.3°C). The closest community, Grise Fjord, lies 800 km away on southern Ellesmere Is.

Ward Hunt Island is located off the north coast of Ellesmere Island approx. 750 kms from the North Pole. It is part of Quttinirpaaq National Park, Nunavut, Canada. Part of the High Arctic, the climate regime is typical of polar deserts, with dry and extremely cold temperatures (annual mean temp -17....

Salluit Research Station (Centre d'études nordiques)

The Salluit Research Station is located in the Inuit community of Salluit, Nunavik, Québec, Canada. Salluit is found in the low Arctic tundra in the continuous permafrost zone, surrounded by rocky plateaus and a hilly topography. Research in both natural & human sciences has been done here since the 1960s. Permafrost research by the CEN began in 1987; Salluit is an important site for long-term permafrost and climate change research.

The Salluit Research Station is located in the Inuit community of Salluit, Nunavik, Québec, Canada. Salluit is found in the low Arctic tundra in the continuous permafrost zone, surrounded by rocky plateaus and a hilly topography. Research in both natural & human sciences has been done here since the...

Harkness Laboratory of Fisheries Research

Harkness Laboratory is a field station focusing on ecological research for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry. It serves as a base of operation for aquatic and terrestrial research by government scientists, university faculty and graduate students. Located on Lake Opeongo in Algonquin Provincial Park, Harkness is one of Canada’s oldest field stations in operation since 1936.

Harkness Laboratory is a field station focusing on ecological research for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry. It serves as a base of operation for aquatic and terrestrial research by government scientists, university faculty and graduate students. Located on Lake Opeongo in Algonq...

Boniface River Field Station (Centre d'études nordiques)

The Boniface River Research Station is situated within the forest tundra less than 10 km from the tree limit and some 50 km inland from Hudson Bay. The landscape around the station is composed of both wooded hills (30 %) and hills dominated by tundra vegetation (70 %). The most protected sites are generally forested except for areas that have been affected by fire which induced an opening in the forest cover. Landscape features of scientific interest are discontinuous permafrost, eskers, thermokarst ponds, palsas, the Boniface River, vegetation and the treeline.

The Boniface River Research Station is situated within the forest tundra less than 10 km from the tree limit and some 50 km inland from Hudson Bay. The landscape around the station is composed of both wooded hills (30 %) and hills dominated by tundra vegetation (70 %). The most protected sites are g...

Umiujaq Research Station (Centre d'études nordiques)

The Umiujaq Research Station is owned and run by the Centre d’études nordiques in the village of Umiujaq (400-500 inhabitants), situated on the eastern shores of the Hudson Bay in Nunavik, Québec, Canada. It is located next to a pier for easy maritime access. The village is located 15 km north of Richmond Gulf (Lac Guillaume-Delisle), an immense inland bay connected to the Hudson Bay via a rocky gulch resembling a canyon.

The Umiujaq Research Station is owned and run by the Centre d’études nordiques in the village of Umiujaq (400-500 inhabitants), situated on the eastern shores of the Hudson Bay in Nunavik, Québec, Canada. It is located next to a pier for easy maritime access. The village is located 15 km north of Ri...

Clearwater Lake Station (Centre d'études nordiques)

The CEN Clearwater Lake Research Station is legally owned by the Kativik Regional Government (KRG), but is operated by the Centre d’études nordiques. Clearwater Lake is the second largest natural lake of the province of Québec (2243 km2). It sits at an altitude of 240 m, the limit reached by the postglacial sea, and drains into Hudson Bay via Clearwater River (Rivière à l’ Eau-Claire) with a maximum outflow rate of 150 m3/s.

The CEN Clearwater Lake Research Station is legally owned by the Kativik Regional Government (KRG), but is operated by the Centre d’études nordiques. Clearwater Lake is the second largest natural lake of the province of Québec (2243 km2). It sits at an altitude of 240 m, the limit reached by the pos...

Radisson Ecological Research Station (Centre d'études nordiques)

The station is in the centre of the village of Radisson, surrounded by the eastern Canadian Shield taiga with Boreal dominated by black spruce and grey pine. Current research focusses on forest dynamics at the limit between boreal and subarctic environments in relation to natural disturbances and climate change; ecology of boreal conifers; influence of large northern water bodies and variations in water levels; tree ring analysis of past hydro-climatological variations; recent dynamics of peatlands and impacts of climate change.

The station is in the centre of the village of Radisson, surrounded by the eastern Canadian Shield taiga with Boreal dominated by black spruce and grey pine. Current research focusses on forest dynamics at the limit between boreal and subarctic environments in relation to natural disturbances and cl...

Quesnel River Research Centre

The centre is located on the banks of the Quesnel River near the community of Likely. It was originally established in the 1980s as a DFO salmon hatchery, but closed in this role in 1995. The facility was subsequently made available to UNBC as a field station to focus on research in Landscape Ecology, thanks to a generous endowment from Forest Renewal BC. Faculty and students from UNBC and other institutions, and staff from federal and provincial agencies, are active at the QRRC in a wide range of research, including fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology, limnology, hydrology and climatology. The centre has also hosted fisheries scientists, foresters, biologists, geologists and ecologists. The original flumes are now used mainly as artificial streambeds, but are occasionally also used for their original purpose, as the hatchery equipment is still functional. We operate several vessels and trucks, and are able to provide laboratory facilities, office space and comfortable accommodation to visiting researchers and students, for both short- and long-term projects.

The centre is located on the banks of the Quesnel River near the community of Likely. It was originally established in the 1980s as a DFO salmon hatchery, but closed in this role in 1995. The facility was subsequently made available to UNBC as a field station to focus on research in Landscape Ecolog...