The Hakai Program

The Hakai Program is one of the core programs of the Tula Foundation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to understand the coastal ecology of our part of British Columbia; to uncover its past, monitor its present and protect its future.

The bulk of our work takes place from our base on otherwise unpopulated Calvert Island on the Central Coast. Recently we have established a second base on Quadra Island at the north end of the Strait of Georgia.

Spaceship Hakai

Spaceship Hakai / Calvert Island
(Satellite imagery courtesy of Danny Blanchette, University of Sherbrooke)

Place-Based Ecological Research

We specialize in long-term, place-based ecological research, which in simple terms means the following:

  • Living in a place, getting to know it, year-round, long term
  • Getting a feel for it, understanding how things work
  • Paying attention, monitoring, measuring, analyzing
  • Understanding the ecological history of the place
  • Watching for changes, short-term, long-term
  • Being well-placed to see things and makes discoveries
  • Understanding that human activity is an integral part of the ecosystem
  • Using the knowledge gained to manage and protect


We partner with local First Nations, the BC universities, local schools, BC Parks and other organizations, and through those partnerships seek a creative synthesis between science and the traditional knowledge of the people of the BC coast. Together we seek to bring education, expertise, inspiration and leadership to this wild and spectacular part of the world.


We host a wide variety of courses ranging from postgraduate-level education to environmental stewardship training for First Nations resource managers and staff, to visits classes from local schools.


We are honored to host conferences and visits organized by Central Coast partners including First Nations leadership, the Coastal Guardian Watchmen Network, the Qqs Projects Society, BC Parks and local schools.

Stay in Touch with Hakai

Read our Blog to find out what’s been happening recently in the world of Hakai. You may also be interested in keeping track of developments at the Tula Foundation, our parent organization. We have webcams at various locations. Bandwidth limitations preclude our providing live access, but we have recent still images from cameras mounted on our Hakai dock and on the top of Beach Lookout. You can also view time lapse videos from the Hakai dock and Beach Lookout sites for all days that the cameras have been operational. We also have weather stations on line from the dock and the Beach Lookout. We have recently installed a weather station and web cam at the Quadra Island field station.

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