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Scuba Diving in Campbell River

By Paul Kennell

Not only is Campbell River famous for its Salmon fishing and other outdoor recreational activities, it is also finally becoming known as a great dive destination by divers from around the world.

While many people still don't realize that British Columbia is considered to be one of the best all-around places in the world for a scuba diving vacation, those that have dove in the emerald green waters that separate Vancouver Island from the lower mainland of British Columbia have come to love what we have to offer.

And Campbell River, situated mid-Vancouver Island, is just minutes away from some of the world's finest dive sites.

The strong tidal currents that sweep through the narrow passes bring a never-ending supply of rich nutrients to the marine life, helping to create an amazing, colorful and vibrant undersea world. The steep channel walls are covered in marine life, including colorful anemones, sponges, nudibranch, tube worms, and soft corals.

In addition, there are many other types of fish varieties and marine animals, including our famous varieties of Pacific salmon, orca (killer) whales, seals and sea lions, wolf eels, giant pacific octopus, and many more, which can easily be seen since our visibility typically ranges from 40' to over 100'.

We also are the final resting place of the former HMCS Columbia, which is a 366 foot (111 meter) naval destroyer that was sunk by the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia back in 1996. New varieties of marine life can be found making this their home each time you dive.

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