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Marla Barker

About Marla Barker

Marine Biology Presenter & Guide


Marla is a professional guide and marine naturalist with a serious passion for coastal life. With over 13 years of experience as a boat pilot and adventure tour operator, she’s happiest when facilitating experiences with whales, wolves, birds and other marine life in the great outdoors.

When she’s not out spotting spouts or observing the moonlit feeding habits of black bears by kayak, Marla might be found volunteering with search and rescue, tracking singing humpback whales off the Hawaiian Islands, or in the field as a water-quality technician for shellfish-growing areas of the British Columbia coast. Years as an outdoor educator and leadership-training facilitator have nurtured her love for working with people, both young and young at heart, from all around the world.

Home for Marla is in Ucluelet, British Columbia, nestled in the coastal temperate rainforest off the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. The elongated daylight hours of higher-latitude summers, rare authentic wilderness access and unparalleled wildlife-viewing opportunities of the Arctic keep her coming back to the best office on the planet: afloat in the Polar Regions! She favors low tide over high, wild foraging over the supermarket, books over e-readers, and loves helping connect people with nature in fun and creative ways.