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Scuba Diving Canada

Diving Canada articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving Canada Overview

This is dry suit country. If you can take the cold water, the rewards include an incredible array of filter feeders and marine life that you'll never dive with in warm waters.

Vancouver Island, reachable by air or ferry from Seattle or Vancouver, BC, is a remarkable wilderness destination, both on land and in the water. A traveler may encounter anything from eagles to orcas, sea lions to bears, while diving with a remarkable range of critters such as sea lions, seals, wolf eels and giant Pacific octopuses. There are dive resorts in the Campbell River area, and a few liveaboards such as the well-respected Nautilus Explorer plie these waters. Diving is controlled by the enormous tides that dictate when and where the water is moving, so choosing an experience operator is important.

Undercurrent readers have reported on other Western Canada dive operations located on Victoria Island and in Whitehorse (Yukon Territory), plus St. Albert and Edmonton (Alberta).

Wreck diving is the big draw in Lake Ontario. Truly hardy souls can try ice diving at Baffin Island near the Arctic Circle. There's some diving off the Eastern provinces, such as Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Canada Seasonal Dive Planner

Most British Columbia diving takes place from late Spring to early Fall. The Nautilus Explorer, for instance, heads to Mexico after August. In Nova Scotia, the Gulf Stream warms the ocean surface to 64° F in summer.

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Diving Canada Feature Articles and Reader Reports

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Canada Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Rendezvous Dive Adventures Review [same] Barkley Sound DONALD MCCOY 2017/10
Diver's Den Review Peacock Villa Motel & Cabins Ontario Tati Costa 2016/08
God's Pocket Review [same] West Coast judith m hartling 2016/04
God's Pocket Review [same] Port Hardy Carol L Cohn 2015/08
Sun Fun Dive Review [same] Port McNeill BC Peter Ian McArthur 2015/10
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Diving Canada Articles - Land Based

Regulating Scuba Diving, 11/17

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Cedar Beach Ocean Lodge, B.C., Canada, gourmet heaven for cold-water divers, 2/13
Rendezvous Dive Adventures, British Columbia, a laid-back idyll on Vancouver Island for cold-water divers, 2/12
Browning Pass Hideaway, British Columbia, profusion of life in majestic yet kooky setting, 11/10
Bahamas, B.V.I., Ontario, Roatan, the good, bad and ugly in dive resorts, boats and service, 10/08

Diving Canada Articles - Liveaboards

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Nautilus Swell, British Columbia, and next time, north to Alaska, 4/12
Thumbs Up for the Nautilus Explorer, Thumbs Down for an Undercurrent Poseur, 8/04
The Nautilus Explorer, adventure diving in British Columbia, 8/03

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Canada

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

An American Underwater Odyssey An American Underwater Odyssey: 50 Dives in 50 States
: by Charles Ballinger.

Underwater Odyssey is the story of a scuba diving safari to every state in America. Tired of touring coral reefs, the author embarks on a year-long quest to discover the incredible assortment of adventure diving found in our nation's backyard. His dogged determination to follow his dreams and explore everything from flooded missile sites to abandoned mines should be an inspiration for any diver. Underwater Odyssey transcends the limits of a dive guide to reveal the broader adventure that diving provides.
Order through us, get Amazon.coms best price and some of the profit will be donated to preserve coral reefs.

Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

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Reef Fish Identification Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

The latest edition in the popular Paul Humann series of marine life books. The most comprehensive field guide ever compiled for identifying reef fishes from the Gulf of California to the Pacific coast of Panama, including offshore islands. More than 500 photographs of 400 species taken in their natural habitat. The book is dedicated to Baja Legend Alex Kerstitch and includes several of his drawings and photographs. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish’s common, scientific and family names, size range, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution.
Illustrated/Hardcover. 364 pages, price: $27.17.

You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.

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