Scuba Diving Highlights - The HMCS Columbia
What you need to know about Scuba Diving the HMCS Columbia in Discovrey Passage. For more information or to chat with the people in the know, see our local service providers.
Date of Sinking: June 22, 1996
Size: 112 metres (366 ft)
Type of Vessel: Destroyer
Hazards: Depth, silt, overhead obstacles, and visibility
Location: Between Maude and Quadra Island.
How to get there: By boat only
Water Temperature: Average 6 degrees Celsius 42 degrees Fahrenheit
How to find the HMCS Columbia? There is a buoy tethered to the tower and stern.
The third naval vessel in Canada to be sunk by the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia.
Resting at a 35 degree list to port, the bow of this spectacular artificial reef is sitting at 37 metres (120 ft) with the wheel house and superstructure sitting at 18 metres (60 ft). This creates the options for diving the HMCS Columbia appeal to both intermediate and advance divers.
For those most extreme and advanced divers holes have been cut in the hull, opening up most of the interior of the ships six decks. Caution is to be exercised at all times. Heavy sediment, silt and debris are strewn throughout the interior of the ship, that may, when stirred up, cause visibility to reduce to zero. Respect this warning and keep yourself safe.
The ship itself is in good shape, part of the superstructure at the bow was destroyed when it hit bottom but the damage was minimal. And the wreck itself is in quiet waters, not too affected by the movement of the tides.
Twenty years after the sinking of the Columbia it has become a thriving artificial reef.