Kids In Vancouver: Plunge Into The Divers’ Weekend Festivities At The Vancouver Aquarium

Kids watch a diver in action | Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

Scuba diving isn’t just a pastime for vacationers looking to explore the colourful sea life that lives below the surface of the water in tropical destinations, it’s a skilled sport, a life-saving profession, and a thrill-seeking lifestyle backed by a rich history of exploration and advances in underwater technology.

Thanks to the 18th annual celebration of diving, which comes to the Vancouver Aquarium on January 21st and 22nd, divers and non-divers can explore the world of undersea diving – without getting their feet wet. Here’s what you can expect from the weekend’s diving-focused festivities.

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Kids In Vancouver: Plunge Into The Divers’ Weekend Festivities At The Vancouver Aquarium

Scuba Dive in Vancouver’s Backyard

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Diving in British Columbia is fun, stunningly beautiful, and like skiing, if you wear the right gear – warm and cosy!

Check out these videos that highlight a few spots that you can go for a dive:

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Scuba Dive in Vancouver’s Backyard

Diving Near Vancouver – An Octopus’s Garden…

Photo: Stephen Pearce

Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce

The end of January was a crisp, overcast day with intermittent showers – a typical winter’s day in Vancouver.

My buddy, Paul V, and I headed off in Marc’s boat to check out the reef at Passage Island – only a short distance away from Horseshoe Bay but not always accessible to divers because of the strong winds that can sweep down the Strait of Georgia.

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Diving Near Vancouver – An Octopus’s Garden…

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photo courtesy of Rene Gauthier aka Divernutbar

photo courtesy of Rene Gauthier aka Divernutbar

Take one scuba diver, add an ocean, a pumpkin, a knife and wait until dark… and what do you get?

All the ingredients necessary for an annual tradition in Vancouver – underwater pumpkin carving!

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Boo!

Here Be Dragons… Diving near Vancouver

Near Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stephen Pearce

Near Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on fantastic scuba diving opportunities near Vancouver. This time Stephen explores the Dragon’s Den.

Ancient cartographers used to inscribe dragons and other mythical creatures on the edges of maps to let readers know of unexplored terrain and possible dangers that awaited the unwary traveler. Adventurers pushed back those boundaries; seeking knowledge and thriving on the thrill of finding new discoveries and strange, exotic, vistas.

Scuba divers share a similar passion. And underwater, with the passage of time, even familiar landmarks can seem new and wonderful all over again. Any dive is a great dive.

And then there’s Dragon’s Den…

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Here Be Dragons… Diving near Vancouver

Take a Day Trip to Porteau Cove

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Now that fall is here, make the most of dry days with a daytrip out of Vancouver. We all know the rain will soon be here in full force, so get outside for the last few sunny days.

Porteau Cove Provincial Park is an ideal place to spend the day outside of the city. Just a couple hours drive from Vancouver, Porteau Cove is a beautiful spot on the water where you can explore, walk around, and enjoy sunsets and stunning views of Howe Sound.

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Take a Day Trip to Porteau Cove

Diving in Plumose Gardens at Whytecliff Park near Vancouver

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on diving near Vancouver. This time Stephen visits Plumose Gardens at Whytecliff Park.

A short tour of the plumose gardens at Whytecliff Park near Vancouver. Entry/exit was via the Cut. Maximum depth was 85 feet (26 meters) at low tide. Features include Tanner crab, lingcod, kelp greenling and several memorials. The male Tanner crab carries the female in his claw prior to moulting and mating.