Diving the Pipe at Britannia

Photo: Stephen Pearce

Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on scuba diving near Vancouver. This time Stephen explores the Pipe at Britannia.

It’s a hard dive spot to miss…

On the shores of Britannia beach a large sentinel looks over the water. It’s a piece of driftwood, crafted in the shape of a face by local carver Ryan Cook.

And in front of it, just under the water’s surface, is a large outflow pipe that extends in a southwest direction for at least several hundred meters. I say “at least” because after a couple of dives we still haven’t found the end.

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Diving the Pipe at Britannia

More Summer Outdoor Theatre: Salmon Row in Steveston

The history of Vancouver is deeply intertwined with the history of the salmon industry.  Now, a great new piece of outdoor theatre probes deep into the Lower Mainland’s fishing past – both the good side and the bad.

Salmon Row is a 90-minute production staged against the backdrop of the historic Britannia Heritage Shipyards, beside the Fraser River in Steveston.  The play is produced by Mortal Coil, the same troupe that brings us Stanley Park’s Halloween and Christmas trains.

The play explores how the salmon industry has impacted the lives of a succession of peoples, from the First Nations who first inhabited the area to the Asian and European immigrants who later came to work in the massive canneries along the river.  And, for the most part, the impact has been pretty grim.

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More Summer Outdoor Theatre: Salmon Row in Steveston

Haunted Shipyard in Richmond?: The Ghosts of Britannia

(c) Remy Scalza

First, a disclaimer:  I have no evidence that the historic Britannia Shipyard on the Steveston waterfront in Richmond is actually haunted.   There have been no reports of ghosts or rattling chains or undead fishermen that I know of.  But, after checking out the site over the weekend, I have to say it’s creepy, in a good way – definite ghoul habitat.

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Haunted Shipyard in Richmond?: The Ghosts of Britannia