Bedford Institute of Oceanography and its collection

Bedford Institute of Oceanography

The Bedford Institute of Oceanography ( BIO ) is a major Government of Canada ocean research facility located in Dartmouth , Nova Scotia . BIO is the largest ocean research station in Canada. Established in 1962 as Canada's first, and currently largest, federal centre for oceanographic research, BIO derives its name from the Bedford Basin , an inland bay comprising the northern part of Halifax Harbour, upon which it is located. Spread out over 40 acres (160,000 m ) of a former Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) property near Shannon Park in Dartmouth , BIO consists of a series of interconnected buildings housing research labs and offices, as well as docks for Canadian Coast Guard and RCN research vessels. As the federal government seeks to concentrate its operations in the Halifax Regional Municipality , BIO is being considered for additional office buildings to house other non-oceanographic and non-research organizations and their employees. As such, new buildings have been built for the Canadian Coast Guard as well as Environment Canada in recent years.

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Bedford Institute of Oceanography
1 Challenger Dr
NS B2Y 4A2 Dartmouth

Visitor information Bedford Institute of Oceanography

Opening hours

9:00 – 16:00
9:00 – 16:00
9:00 – 16:00
9:00 – 16:00
9:00 – 16:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

By Appointment Only, May – August




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1 Challenger Dr, Dartmouth

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