Scuba Diving in Canada

There are a multitude of Canadian scuba diving destinations that will enthrall divers with their beauty.

 

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From the Pacific Ocean waters off the British Columbia coast to the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes and the marine parks of Quebec, scuba diving in Canada has something for everyone.

Arctic Canada – Experience the summer of 18 hours of  light in the Arctic. Winter ice melting into fantastical shapes. An explosion of new life all around, whales surfacing in the bays, blowing out sprays of seawater. Seals sleeping in the sun, slipping between floe and water, poking noses through cracks in the ice. And polar bear mothers with cubs, famished from their long winter. BREAK THE ICE! GO DIVING!

British Columbia – Dive British Columbia’s famous walls and reefs, explore ghostly shipwrecks and unique artificial reefs, or look for massive six-gill sharks. The variety, abundance and colors of BC’s ocean life will amaze: giant Pacific octopus, fierce-looking wolf eels, schools of rockfish, colorful nudibranchs and anemones, elegant coral and giant sponge formations are common sights. Shore-accessed dive sites in Victoria and Vancouver provide an easy and safe introduction to BC diving. On Vancouver Island the wall dives in Browning Pass near Port Hardy are ranked the best in North America, and divers on the Sunshine Coast will find the emerald colored waters around Powell River and Skookumchuck Narrows teeming with life.

Ontario – Scuba diving destinations in Ontario include: Tobermory’s Fathom Five Marine Park is Canada’s first underwater national park. Located on the Bruce Peninsula, popular for hiking in Canada, it offers numerous wrecks to explore. Kingston on Lake Ontario has many wrecks including a wreck “graveyard” where old ships have been sunk. The traffic can be heavy from those boating in Canada. Port Dover on Lake Erie has grown in popularity with “good condition” wrecks farther offshore and in deeper water.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

CLIMATE: Trying to explain the climate of Canada into an easy-to-understand statement is impossible, given the vast area and diverse geography within the country. Overall, in most places, winters are harsh compared to much of the world, on par with northern Eurasia. The most populated region, southern Ontario, has a less severe climate, similar to the bordering regions of the midwestern and northeastern United States. the coastlines of British Columbia are very mild for their latitude, remaining above freezing for most of winter, yet they are not far away from some of the largest mountain glaciers found on the continent.

LANGUAGE: English and French are the only two official languages in Canada. All communications and services provided from the federal government are available in both languages.

ELECTRICITY: The electrical supply is 110 Volts and 60 Hertz (cycles per second). Canada’s electrical supply and electrical outlets (sockets, wall plugs) are the same as those of the United States.

CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS: The Canadian Dollar is the official currency. Major Credit Cards are widely accepted. ATM usage in Canada is very high but the fees involved can be more than for credit cards.

GRATUITIES: It is customary to tip approximately 15% on the total bill before tax, 20% for exceptional service.

PHONE & INTERNET SERVICE: The Canada country code +1. Internet is widely available.

VISA & PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS: US citizen must carry a valid passport, no visa requirement if stay less than 180 days. One Visa page required for enrtry stamp. All other visitors should contact their Canadian consulate or embassy to learn what documents are required.

CUSTOMS: You are allowed to import only one of the following amounts of alcohol and alcoholic beverages free of duty and taxes as part of your personal exemption: Alcoholic beverage up to 1.14 litres, or up to 1.5 litres of wine. 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars

DEPARTURE TAX: NO departure tax.

USEFUL INFORMATION

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