Lions Bay

Lions Bay

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Lions Bay

Lions Bay offers an easy access dive for those interested in seeking out smaller creatures to observe. Shallow and rocky, you'll have plenty of time to explore. A dive flag is very important in this area. Give the marina a call (604-921-7510) before you decide to show up. Diving is restricted to certain times of the year. Heading North from Horseshoe Bay, after about 11km, take the second exit into Lions Bay. Head West toward the water, until you see the tracks below.
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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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Rowand's Reef
Rowand's Reef
1731 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1M2
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IDC Diving Centre, Ltd.
IDC Diving Centre, Ltd.
2572 Arbutus Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3Y2
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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, 1:05 AM
scuba
Relatively shallow and open, wait for a calm, sunny day for the best experience. Ask the marina attendant about the best place to park. Cross these tracks and make an immediate left. You'll dead-end at the marina.
Anonymous
Anonymous
Dec 20, 2014, 12:00 AM
scuba
Very interesting dive site...a lot of what is present is indicative of a site with minimal disturbance. The left side (if you are facing the water, entry via ramp) is sandy bed->rock piles down to around 60~80fsw with alternating rocks and sand beds. My favourite type of site. Visibility was good for the most part, 20-30'. A lot of the usual. Big schools of perch and tube snouts. Painted&Kelp Greenlings, Copper&Quillback Rockfish. Some utterly humongous and FAT lingcod. Giant, Leopard, Gold Rimmed, and Heaths nudibranches. Spiny lithod crab, tailed jelly...a good collection of critters. A fish of note, found two Tiger Rockfish. Both scurried into their den before I could get a good shot. The right side (entry via beach) is much more shallow, the rocky part is around 20-30fsw, sandy slope down. A few more cryptic species, a pipefish, gunnel, lg.sculpin and poacher. Found some strange dumped cables, or do they serve a purpose? Might take another visit before the Marina opens and boating season is back in. As always with Lion's Bay, if you decide to take a visit be polite and avoid anything that might peeve the locals. The women at the repair shop was very nice though.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
George Skinner
George Skinner
Apr 5, 2005, 12:00 AM
scuba
Great site with one of just about everything you can see in the Lower Mainland. The bottom is covered in boulder fill that creates numerous caves for octopus, rockfish, and everything else. I've heard of just about anything being seen here ranging from dogfish, ratfish, even a six-gill shark and a salmon. However, diving is restricted to the portion of the year when the marina isn't busy - essentially a winter-only site.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
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