Campbell River – British Columbia
Campbell River is a small town located on the east coast of Vancouver Island at the south end of Discovery Passage. My dive buddies made plans to stop on their way to God’s Pocket for a few dives with Earl Lowe of Abyssal Dive Charters and invited me to join them. How could I refuse!! So, I dropped off the RV for some repair work and off I went to catch the Black Ball to Victoria.
Our first site was “Row and Be Damned” which was utterly beautiful and full of color! I could immediately see why Jess and Eric had wanted to return here. The next site was called “Copper Cliffs” and where patina colorations seeped from the rock cliffs where we dropped in. Lastly, we dove “Steep” a small island with quite a flow and an abundance of northern feather duster worm clumps, brooding anemones, and a little candy stripe shrimp. Overall the diving was beautiful, full of color and we were treated with excellent visibility.
Later that evening we joined Earl and his family for dinner at a fabulous little place called the Spice Hut! Great food and kind people - a recipe for a lovely evening!
I woke Sunday feel rather congested, so I decided to check out the nearest drug store and skip the dive as a preventative measure! Although Campbell River diving as well worth the adventure, I had a whole week of diving to do at God’s Pocket that I surely didn’t want to jeopardize. Buddies Keith, Jess and Eric had another amazing dive Sunday AM while I ventured further north to Port Hardy on cold meds.
Next stop…. More bubble therapy at God’s Pocket!
Pamela Treischel is a SCUBA diving enthusiast, underwater photography hobbyist and Ambassador for the Inland Ocean Coalition. She is currently recovering from a mild traumatic brain injury.