Very soon the former HMCS (Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship) Annapolis a 366 foot (110 meter) destroyer-escort will find its new home on the ocean floor in Halkett Bay Provincial Marine Park next to Gambier Island, British Columbia, Canada, and that is way cool!
This is the result of the vision, dedication, persistence and hard work of the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia (ARSBC) Canada www.artificialreef.bc.ca and its many, many volunteers. The Annapolis is beautiful and every diver’s dream, and if she has even one fraction of the “cool factor” of the other ARSBC wrecks she will be a beyond spectacular dive and one more reason to put the west coast’s Wreck Trek on your bucket list. Go with colleagues, take your students … if you are going to wreck dive it’s hard to imagine more fun. The region is beautiful, the dive shops and charter operators are top notch offering many opportunities for you to experience great wreck diving.
The Annapolis http://www.mztvfiles.com/files/TELUSCOD/March09/Artificial%20ReefV2/index.html will soon be sunk but the exact date is not yet known so it is best to stay tuned to the ARSBC web site or to get in touch with one of the many PADI Dive Centers in the region.
The Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia, ARSBC, is a registered non-profit society based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is a registered tax-deductible charity in Canada.
The Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia’s mission is to create environmentally and economically sustainable “artificial reefs” in British Columbia and around the world for the enjoyment of Scuba Divers, and for the protection of environmentally and historically sensitive marine habitats. Since 1991, the ARSBC has sunk 6 ships and one Boeing 737 in B.C.!
The West Coast Wreck Trek includes the following ARSBC wrecks: Motor Vessel (MV) G.B. Church, Chaudière: Destroyer Escort, Mackenzie: Destroyer Escort, Columbia: Destroyer Escort, Saskatchewan: Destroyer Escort, Cape Breton: FMG-100 WW-II “Victory” Ship, a Boeing 737 and soon, the HMCS Annapolis! There are other wrecks in the west coast Wreck Trek including such ships as the Riv Tow Lion, for more information on these, check in with the local PADI Pros who are more than happy to get you set up and to show off some of the world’s most cool wreck dives!
So, if you don’t know where it is, look up Gambier island (it’s near Vancouver http://www.tourismvancouver.com/ British Columbia, Canada) and start planning your dive trip now.
The ARSBC web site is an excellent resource for learning about the artificial reefs: www.artificialreef.bc.ca