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Boardwalk, Lund
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Powell River

Diving

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Scuba diver

Jacques Cousteau reportedly rated Powell River's diving as second only to the Red Sea in terms of abundant, colourful marine life.

That reputation continues to attract cold-water scuba divers to the Sunshine Coast for year-round boat diving and shore diving at affordable rates. Some of the best conditions are in winter when the ocean is at its clearest.

Emerald Princess

Where to start among the 100-plus local dive sites? One of the area's signature shore dives is the "Emerald Princess," a 2.7m/9ft bronze mermaid statue in Mermaid Cove at Saltery Bay Provincial Park (near the Saltery Bay ferry terminal). It's submerged 15m/50ft underwater near a wrecked rowboat. The site also offers sheer walls and cliffs for advanced, technical divers, who can go as deep as 60m/200ft. Watch for giant Pacific octopi, lingcod, sponges, and other creatures.

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