We love scuba diving in Howe Sound (And you should, too!)

Photo of Six Gill Shark but Jessica Shultz, Vancouver Aquarium

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to scuba dive next to a shark? Wait… SHARKS? In Canada?

It’s true, sharks are roaming the depths of Howe Sound! The Vancouver Aquarium in partnership with the Howe Sound Research Program, have kept detailed records of local sightings since 1964. Sixgill sharks have been spotted by divers at Kelvin Grove, Hutt Island, Bowyer Island, and at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver.

Photo of Six Gill Shark by Jessica Shultz, Vancouver Aquarium
Six Gill Shark – Photo by Jessica Shultz, Vancouver BC

“With the flurry of recent sightings, it is tempting to speculate that the recent return of herring abundance, together with higher densities of Pollock and hake has attracted residency by sixgill sharks, mush as it likely did for whitesided dolphins in 2012.” – Vancouver Aquarium

Squamish is Canada’s Adventure Capital (and we agree), but there’s more to the Sea to Sky than meets the eye. I mean, how many kite boarders actually question if they’re kiting over sharks? Cue the Jaws bass… Still don’t believe us? Watch this video.

British Columbia is one of the top cold-water diving destinations in the world because of its ecological diversity. Luckily for us, Howe Sound remains a secret hidden in the mountains. The most southern fiord in the northern hemisphere, its inland seas support a wide array of habitants. There are opportunities to sport transiting orcas, white sided dolphins, harbour seals, sea lions, endangered rock cod and giant octopus, to name a few.

Did you also know, Howe Sound’s underwater topography parallels Squamish’s dramatic backcountry? If you’ve challenged all the trails above sea level, it’s time to set your sights to the ocean. There’s new terrain to explore. Partake in mountain sports like rock climbing and ski touring… But also hop in and kayak the islands, snorkel with seals, or scuba dive a secret wreck! You might even get lucky and spot an infamous sixgill shark (they’re harmless, we swear)! *

Do you want to learn more about what lies beneath the surface? Find out here.

* There have been no reports of sixgill sharks attacking humans. Please be respectful and view all marine life from a distance.

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