Give a Penny, Take a Penny… Diving near Vancouver

Site-of-the-wreck-dive

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on diving near Vancouver. This time Stephen explores the shipwreck SS Joan.

February 4th, 2013 was the day that Canada started to phase out the use of the ubiquitous penny.

But if we look back a hundred years ago it was the common unit of currency. And chances are, if you had one in your pocket, the copper used to produce it came from the mining town of Britannia Beach. During the 1930’s Britannia was the single largest producer of copper in the entire British Commonwealth.

Now, only a short drive from Vancouver down the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway, the Britannia Mining Museum – a national historic site – welcomes visitors from all over the world.

But Britannia also has treasures off shore that are of particular interest to scuba divers. A number of shipwrecks litter the bay and several are accessible to recreational divers. Several have yet to be identified and mapped.

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Give a Penny, Take a Penny… Diving near Vancouver

Searching for “Shrek”

Wolf Eel - source: Wikpedia

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on diving near Vancouver. This time Stephen visits Tuwanek.

Take a pale, green complexion, add a face that only a mother could love, and top it off with a friendly, if somewhat reserved personality. If you’re lucky to dive in the waters of Tuwanek , that recipe pretty much sums up “Shrek” – the resident wolf eel.

In early December my buddy and I decided that searching for Shrek was a great excuse for a couple of dives.

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Searching for “Shrek”