Outer Shores Lodge has a remarkable past with innumerable stories dating back thousands of years. This incredible locale has gone through many iterations over time and the site has served several purposes throughout its history.
As the newest caretakers of this awe-inspiring place, we believe it is our responsibility to do our best to gain a full appreciation and understanding of its history. Operating within the traditional territories of the Huu-ay-aht, Tseshaht, Ucluelet, and Toquaht First Nations, with Outer Shores Lodge itself located on the traditional Huu-ay-aht village site of “ootsuu-a,” our team is deeply committed to providing a tourism experience that reflects the interests of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and respects the original occupants of the site.
Here at the Lodge, we explore the history of Bamfield, the natural history of the region, the histories of the many people who have called this location home, the life and legacy of the Lodge’s founder, and the various people that have been connected to the site across the years.
Marine scientists and Outer Shores Lodge’s co-owners Russell Markel and Scott Wallace have their own personal history with the Lodge dating back a couple of decades, having taught coastal ecology and led research programs here when it operated as an outpost for the US-based School for Field Studies. Russell went on to establish Outer Shores Expeditions in 2012, and then in 2021, Scott and Russ teamed up to establish Outer Shores Lodge.
The original ecolodge on the grounds was founded by R. Bruce Scott, who played a crucial role in the creation of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and an overall champion of conservation-based tourism with the goal of protecting the remarkable natural beauty of this region.