Point Atkinson

Point Atkinson

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Point Atkinson

Point Atkinson is found at the tip of Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, entrance to the vast Burrard Inlet. This site is a fantastic vantage point for getting a glimpse of all the indigenous marine life. Along with the impressive trail system, basic facilities are available. See your local dive shop for the seasonal conditions and requirements. Located on the Southwestern tip of West Vancouver, access is via Marine Drive. From Vancouver, take the Lionsgate Bridge North and exit on Marine Drive West and drive about 11km. The entrance below will be on your left.
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UBC Aqua Society
UBC Aqua Society
AMS Student Nest, UBC Aqua Society
6133 University Boulevard
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
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Kocher's Diving Locker, Ltd.
Kocher's Diving Locker, Ltd.
2745 West 4th
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 1P9
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IDC Diving Centre, Ltd.
IDC Diving Centre, Ltd.
2572 Arbutus Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3Y2
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Rowand's Reef
Rowand's Reef
1731 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1M2
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Diving Sports Canada Inc
Diving Sports Canada Inc
4578 Main Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3R5
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Ocean Quest Dive Centre
Ocean Quest Dive Centre
107-3790 Canada Way
Burnaby, British Columbia V5G 1G4
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Dive and Sea Sports
Dive and Sea Sports
825 McBride Blvd, #2
New Westminster, British Columbia V3L 5B5
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Ocean Pro Divers
Ocean Pro Divers
9706 188th Street Unit 203
Surrey, British Columbia V4N 3M2
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Sundown Diving
Sundown Diving
22 Esplanade Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 4Y7
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Nanaimo Dive Outfitters
Nanaimo Dive Outfitters
2205-E Northfield Rd
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9S 3C3
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Zentacle
Zentacle
Sep 21, 2021, 1:06 AM
scuba
You'll enter farther to the left. This is a great protected entry on calm days. Be aware that you are especially vulnerable to current in this area. Always dive it with an experienced diver first! Just before you reach the entrance to the lighthouse buildings, make a left and find the East Beach Trail behind this women's restroom. Wind your way down a rocky trail to the water's edge. Now the Catch: You have a 950 meter walk to the water's edge. Bring your tank cart with you and plan on making a slow, leisurely trip to and from your car. Plenty of parking with the trial head in the background. Looking East, the entrance is well-marked.
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Kevin Hogan
Kevin Hogan
Jul 30, 2003, 12:00 AM
scuba
It's a beautiful park, accessible by bus. Light House Park is an enjoyable place to spend time snorkeling. Wouldn't suggest scuba, as the entry point is about 1 kilometre down a trail from the parking lot. Visibility wasn't great, I've heard it's better in winter but brrrrr. Go at low tide.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Mike Coss
Mike Coss
Aug 29, 2002, 12:00 AM
scuba
These pictures are not of Point Atkinson, but Light House Park. Point Atkinson is another 8km up the road, but it is a good local dive. Good viz in the winter and a pretty good variety of marine life. If you take your time and look you will find Octopus, a wide variety of crabs and fish, and lots of small invertabrate life. This dive is probably better as a night dive and on the weekends parking is hard to find.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
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