Top 4 Coolest Canadian Dive Sites

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Do you want to escape an end-of-summer heat wave? But you don’t necessarily have the time or financial resources to take a flight across the ocean, right?

Well, look no further! You will find some surprising and refreshing sites just across the border.

Canada is starting to gain acclaim as a literally cool diving destination.

Canada can thank its:

  • Unique collection of shipwrecks that span the centuries
  • Big creatures that haunt the waters
  • Amazingly colorful reefs that are almost tropical in nature

So if you’ve never dived in our neighbor to the north, where do you go first?

There are a large number of options whether you hail from the East Coast, West Coast or the Midwest, which include some essential “must see” locations that are simply out of this world.

Barkley Sound, British Columbia

This destination as heralded by Jacques Cousteau himself as one of the best places to dive in the world. And its fame is directly derived from its giant collection of wildlife.

At this site, divers can encounter:

  • Massive Pacific octopus
  • Intimidating sixgill sharks
  • Starfish the size of truck tires

The green and sparkling waters are rich with nutrients.

Hence, the abundance of sea life, which leads to exceptional opportunities to interact with harbor seals, wolf eels, and Steller’s sea lions, as well as smaller critters like shrimp and kelp crabs.

Best of all, virtually any diving site is worth a look, so divers can feel free to explore in depth.

Bell Island, Newfoundland

Famed as the home of four WWII-era cargo ships that were sunk by German U-Boats in 1942, Bell Island is arguably one of the most colorful destinations in this corner of the country.

The wrecks are now resting at the bottom of the Conception Bay. And they are covered with so much healthy and vibrant sea life that they can resemble a tropical coral reef when the lighting is just right.

This destination is also home to an array of beautiful but decidedly weird-looking creatures, including the:

  • Eel-like ocean pout
  • Lumpfish
  • Stunning (but dangerous) lion’s mane jellyfish

Brockville, Ontario

New York state residents can easily head to the Lawrence River to reach this eerie site where more than a dozen wrecks are waiting to be uncovered.

From a schooner with two skeleton masts that was sunk in 1889, to a 2200’ ft. long freighter that was destroyed in 1941, a wide variety of accessible wrecks serve as a spooky but thrilling destination where divers will find ample reasons to explore.

The summertime is the best time to go, as the water temps can reach the high 60s or low 70s.

Tobermory, Ontario

Tobermory is known in some circles as the “Diving Capital of Canada.” It’s because the local marine park has both an ample number of wrecks and water clarity that rivals any tropical destination.

With visibility that can extend up to 80’ ft. or even more, divers will have a fine time enjoying up-close views of old wooden sailing ships from the 19th century.

They can also view purposely sunk wrecks that now serve as artificial reefs. The Niagara II, which was sunk in 1999, is a great place to start, with ample room for exploring inside and out.

Always cool and fascinating, Canada may very well be the next great frontier for close-to-home diving trips.

Plan a quick Labor Day getaway, and end your summer with a wonderful diving discovery of new wildlife, new wrecks and new vacation destinations.

Want to learn more about diving in Canada? Check out our website to contact us. If you live in the Dallas area, swing by our shop in Carrollton. We’ll be happy to chat with you about scuba.

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Top 4 Coolest Canadian Dive Sites
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Do you want to escape an end-of-summer heat wave? Well, look no further! You will find some surprising and refreshing sites just across the border.
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2 responses to “Top 4 Coolest Canadian Dive Sites”

  1. Sara Gamble says:

    Wow! These seem so wonderful! I am going to ask my family if we can take a trip.

  2. Jayyoung Chung says:

    I have been to several of these sites. Canada is beautiful.

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