Facilities

Our goal is to provide simple, functional, and sustainable facilities at the most economic rates possible. We offer facilities, resources, and utilities, including solar showers,
wood stoves, kitchens, and laboratories. The station has the capacity to comfortably
house around 25 people.

Off Grid Living

One of Salmon Coast Society’s core objectives is to support place-based research through the infrastructure of our remote field station.

The station started as the home of biologist Alexandra Morton. Over the past decades, it has grown to serve the needs of a larger group of visiting researchers and staff. It encompasses several living cabins, a wet and dry lab, dock with space for several boats, and a workshop.

We aim to optimize sustainability, and utilize off-grid systems including solar and micro-hydro energy, a gravity-fed spring water system, gardens for food production, and wood stoves for heating. We encourage all users to be mindful of their impact, which we are intimately aware of due to our proximity to the land.

Living Quarters

Nestled on the forested hillside are two houses and some sleeping cabins. The Main House comfortably sleeps eight, and boasts a spacious kitchen, cold room for food storage, large dining area, cozy communal living room, full bathroom with propane-heated hot-water shower, wood stove, and drying racks. The kitchen is equipped with a gas oven and stove, all cooking utensils/supplies, and basic ingredients. There is a refrigerator and freezer for food storage, in addition to the insulated cold room.

The Main House has one double private bedroom, a bedroom with one bunk bed, and one dormitory-style bunk room. There is also a small sleeping loft above the research lab with a single bed. Grandma’s House (a converted float home!) has one double private bedroom, a bedroom with one bunk be and a dormitory room with two sets of single bunk-beds. It also has a small kitchen, full washroom with shower, living and dining area, laundry room, wood stove, and drying racks. The station also has several small cabins. Alex’s Cabin has a double bed on the ground floor and a double bed in a small loft. The Guest Cabin has one bed in a small loft. It has electricity, but no other facilities. We also have two tenting platforms.

Dock

The dock, made of repurposed fish farm floats, is 40′ x 40′ with some storage space, a wet lab, freshwater hose, and a fuel tank. Salmon Coast offers moorage space for research vessels and visitors.

Wet Lab

The wet laboratory on the dock is a room of approximately 14′ x 16′ in size, with lighting, power outlets, and shelving units. It has the capacity to facilitate flow-through fresh or saltwater. Researchers must bring the specific equipment required for their projects.

Dry Lab

A large office in the Main House offers space for research, dry laboratory work, and administrative tasks. Researchers must provide their own computers, but have access to a printer, scanner, and WiFi.

Workshop

A large office in the Main House offers space for research, dry laboratory work, and administrative tasks. Researchers must provide their own computers, but have access to a printer, scanner, and WiFi.

Gardens and Greenhouse

Salmon Coast is famous for its terraced gardens, home to delicious kale salads, elaborate composts, and a greenhouse. Our composts, along with harvested kelp from the ocean, enrich the soil to produce the bounty that we rely on through the seasons. Station users work together to water, maintain, and harvest the gardens.

Power

The station is off the grid, and has a large 24 V battery bank, which is charged by a large solar panel array (particularly in the summer months), a microhydro system (during times of high water flow, such as spring and fall), and a gasoline-fuelled generator (when necessary). Salmon Coast can provide 120 or 240 AC current. If a research project has high power requirements, the researcher is asked to contact us ahead of time to ensure that we can handle such needs, and so that we can make special arrangements if necessary.

Water

Our water is gravity-fed from a creek. Tanks provide storage for drinking water, showers, gardening, and fire suppression. All water from the creek is drinkable and delicious! In seasons of low water or freezing temperatures, conservation measures take effect.

Heating

Woodstoves are the only source of heat at Salmon Coast. Woodsheds on the property are supplied with axes and hatchets, and it is the collective responsibility of station users to continually stock these woodsheds. All cooking ranges and hot-water heaters are fueled by propane.

Internet

There is unlimited wireless satellite internet in most of the dry-land living and working spaces. We utilize a Starlink system, and speeds can be variable at certain times. We request that users are mindful of large-bandwidth activities, especially at peak times.

Phone

Salmon Coast has cell phone reception over a very limited area in the Main House Dry Lab.

Laundry

The station has one generator-powered washing machine. Clothes are dried outside, or on indoor drying racks. Station users may also take their laundry, especially large loads to the laundromat in Port McNeill during town trips.

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