Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver

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Vancouver, Coast & Mountains



Scuba diver

The sheltered waters of the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region offer clean, unspoiled and spectacular shore diving, historic wrecks sites, current-swept walls and unique artificial reefs.

Dive a sunken warship in a protected marine park, or make friends with the Emerald Princess. Explore wrecks, reefs and pinnacles, drift past sponge-covered walls, or marvel at sea life that lives in the fastest tidal rapids in North America.

Encounter giant Pacific octopuses, multiple species of rockfish, crabs, nudibranchs, swimming scallops, corals and sponges. Look closely for a mound of crushed shells – a wolf eel lair is sure to be nearby. These fierce-looking but friendly creatures often grow to 2m/6.5ft or more and are easily coaxed from their nests and hand-fed by divers.

Shore Dives

Many easily accessible shore dives dot the Sunshine Coast and Howe Sound. Powell River and Lund offer clear water, minimal currents and dozens of great dive sites. Tuwanek Point near Sechelt has a great mix of sea life, including resident wolf eels and octopus. Howe Sound features a great variety of dives accessible from both Vancouver and Squamish.

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