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…

Dive BC – the Video…

Getting ready for a dive at Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stephen Pearce

Getting ready for a dive at Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stephen Pearce

by Stephen Pearce for Inside Vancouver

This is why I dive here…

I often get asked what the attraction is to cold water diving in British Columbia. And there has never been an easy way to communicate the thrill and beauty of what there is to discover so close to home.

Until now…

Dive BC in association with Seaproof.tv has just produced a spectacular 3 minute video that showcases our awesome destination both above and below the ocean’s surface.

Take a look…

And perhaps this will be why you dive here as well.

You can find more information about Dive BC at www.scubadivebc.com

The Annapolis – Vancouver’s Newest Scuba Gem

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Photo: Stephen Pearce

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

The sinking was perfect.

On Sunday April 4, 2015, under a brilliant blue sky, hundreds of local boaters and onlookers were joined by a television viewing audience of millions to watch the planned detonation and sinking of the HMCS Annapolis in Halkett Bay near Vancouver.

In two minutes it was all over – and the ship had slipped gently beneath the ocean’s surface to settle perfectly upright some 30 meters below. It was the culmination of seven years of hard work by the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia and a dedicated army of volunteers.

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The Annapolis – Vancouver’s Newest Scuba Gem

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

Diving Near Vancouver – Lookout Point

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By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on scuba diving near Vancouver. This time Stephen explores Lookout Point.

Lookout Point is Whytecliff Park’s quiet, laid back, next door neighbour.

While Whytecliff fills up with picnickers, sun worshippers, bikers, hikers and, yes, scuba divers, Lookout Point beckons with a beautiful sheltered bay and nary a scuba diver or a sunbather in sight.

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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

Britannia Reprise – Diving the CGC Ready

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Britannia Beach – Photo: iwona_kellie | Flickr

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on scuba diving near Vancouver. This time Stephen explores the Coast Guard Canada ship CGC Ready.

Coffee and carbs – the breakfast of champions…and scuba divers.

Our return to Britannia Beach began with a happy return to the Galileo Coffee Company. We were plotting where we were going to enter the water to explore our new target – the Coast Guard Canada ship CGC Ready.

The CGC Ready was a search and rescue ship built in North Vancouver in 1963. It was acquired by the Maritime Heritage Society and relocated to Britannia Beach, near Squamish, BC. On January 17, 2011, it sank under mysterious circumstances, coming to rest on her starboard side in shallow water, less than 30 meters from the dock to which she was tied.

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