When people think scuba diving, British Columbia may not be the first destination that comes to mind; however, the 17,000 miles of pacific northwest coastline provide crystal clear waters that teems with abundant wildlife.
Not only are the waters great for year-round diving, but they offer a variety of different diving experiences. Not only does the water team with fish and mammals, but it also houses some spectacular shipwrecks and other artificial diving sites.
“The Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia has been very successful at procuring, preparing, and placing retired cold war era destroyers. These are becoming living cold water reefs. There are literally 100s of known shipwreck sites and 1000s of shore dives for all levels of certification,” according to Adventure Dives.
Scuba Diving in British Columbia
Scuba Diving Magazine awarded BC the title of best scuba diving in the world. Indeed, few would scoff at this accolade after bearing witness to the kaleidoscopic array of colours and species to discover in these water. From curious sea lions to wolf eels, giant pacific octopus to colourful soft coral, there are magnificent sights to behold.
Although BC offers some of the most incredible diving in the world, it presents some challenges. Specifically, the water is quite cold and at times the visibility is poor. In addition, the coastal currents may present challenges. With this in mind, there are times when diving is a great deal better.
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