Scuba Destinations

 

Canada (West)

The main scuba diving in Western Canada is in British Columbia around Vancouver Island . . .
Overview:

Nanaimo has been voted as the best scuba diving location in North America and is the main diving hub.  This superb diving region stretches along the east coast of Vancouver Island, from the Cowichan Bay to Hornby Island, featuring a number of sites.  Take a look at the map to get your bearings.

Octopus Point drops straight down into the abyss with marine life everywhere. The rock wall is covered with animals, such as rock scallops, trumpet sponges, nudibranches and coral. Colourful anemones and sea lilies add to the profusion of living creatures at Octopus Point. It can appear that the entire Pacific Ocean wants to get through the narrows at the same time as the currents can reach speeds of 8-9 knots.  Obviously dive on slack water.

At Round Island, you will see a variety of dahlia anemones, as well as rockfish, lingcod, and octopuses. Both sea lions and killer whales can also be spotted here. This island is south of Dodd Narrows in the Stuart Channel, where currents can reach up to 15 knots!

The Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia or "ARSBC" has been very active over recent years and have sunk six ships and a Boeing 737 for the enjoyment of divers.  Instead of telling you about these wrecks, check out these links and their excellent website:

Here's a YouTube video of the 737 . . .

What to see:
  • The wrecks around Vancouver Island
  • Octopus Point, Round Island, Dodds Narrows, Neck Point & Snake Island
Need to know:
  • The best time for diving is during the winter as the visibility is at it's best.  Spring is the best time for seeing predators due to the abundance of new life.  Summer is the most popular dive season due to the warmth.  The weather during the autumn can be very unpredictable and is also prone to very windy spells.
  • This is dry suits country!

Useful stuff:
Language: English & French
Currency: Canadia $
Time: GMT +8
Climate: Temoerate
Diving season: Year round
Water temperature: 7C/44F (Winter)
16C/61F (Summer)
Air temperature: 5C/41F (Winter)
25C/77F (Summer)

North America - Canada: Latest User Reviews

Lady's Night - Lady's Scuba Dive For Free On Oakville Ship Wrecks  Oakville Divers , Canada 4 Star Rating Added: 16th May 2013 by oakvilledivers
Local Dive shop everything within 150 m. Major Brand names of scuba diving gear. Dive staff very good. Good briefings very helpful. boat Capt. and crew very fun Free Scuba Diving is the best
Groupe Plongée Aventure Québec  Plongée Aventure Québec, Canada 4 Star Rating Added: 13th November 2012 by matdes
This Group is a good one, they organise different dives all summer long, at lake Beauport, Les Escoumins, Flintkoat (Thetford Mines) and other places i haven't went yet. So if you come dive in Qc make sure you check with Plongée Aventure Québec for your diving activities. They even rent...
A DM from Divers  Diver's Wearhouse , Canada 5 Star Rating Added: 21st August 2012 by behr51
Having dealt with the crew at Diver's Wearhouse for years I can honestly say that it's the best shop around for any of your equipment or instructional needs. I spent a significant amount of time with these guys going through the first half of my Divemaster program (finished the rest...
Student of Divers Wearhouse  Diver's Wearhouse , Canada 5 Star Rating Added: 25th July 2012 by Esheehan
The staff and Dive Masters at Divers Wearhouse are amazing. They pay close attention to their students and really make you feel comfortable...even 30 feet under water. I am not an adventurous person, nor am I athletic. Nonetheless...the Dive Masters helped me achieve my goal of becoming a Certified Open...
Regular Customers  Diver's Wearhouse , Canada 5 Star Rating Added: 14th February 2011 by murrayhollis
My wife and I started diving 3 years ago with Diver's Wearhouse (DW). Since then, we have bought our dive equipment from DW and taken over 10 certification courses. We found the instructors to be knowledgeable, organized and safety conscious. In addition, we have done over 60 dives in the...
Full Service Dive Shop  Diver's Wearhouse , Canada 5 Star Rating Added: 9th February 2011 by romboutj
I have been a dive master for DW for quite a few years now and the first thing that struck me about them is their full service approach to diving. Besides the obvious dive shop with training, rentals and servicing they also have a resort and dive boats to provide...
Regular Customer  Diver's Wearhouse , Canada 5 Star Rating Added: 9th February 2011 by icharter
I have purchased from and am affiliated to Divers Warehouse. I am in the process of attaining my Dive Master certification and have taken all the required coursed as prerequisites with them and have been very satisfied. The training staff are involved, very knowledgeable and focus on the students needs while...
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