Overview of Copper Cove

Copper Cove

Copper Cove
Vancouver, BC


Site Review by
 Scotty Schumann
Date: 10/07/2013


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Scotty Schumann Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   North Delta Reef:    3.00
State:   BC Animal:    3.00
Country:   Canada Plant:    3.00
Diving:   3 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   45 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    2.85
My wife and I came here for the first time this year in October. It was partly sunny and about 15C air temperature. The site has no facilities. There is a set of stairs that lead down to a rocky beach. The view is spectacular with a steady stream of boat and ferry traffic in view. Although not a protected site, there are no boats or places to dock boats that we could see. Once you have all your gear down to the cement patio that once had a dock attached to it, you have about a 10m walk to the water depending on tide. Your weak ankles will not be impressed with the rocks however it is safely negotiable. For the first dive we set off to the left side of the bay. There is a rock that juts out. We swam to this and dropped down, about 15m depth. Visibility was approx 5m. There was a wall here with limited plant and animal life. We followed the rock outcropping a little west then north to the steep sloped bottom. We made our way down to 32m and didn't see much. It was also getting darker and visibility getting more limited so time to head back. We slowly made a direct line back to the shore entry. It was an enjoyable dive but not anything to get excited about. For the second dive we went off to the right side. This a fairly shallow wall. We swam out about 30 m from shore and about 15m from the shore. We started about 5m and never went deeper than 9m while following the wall. The wall is a ton of medium sized boulders. We saw several small schools of fish, crabs and kelp. We easily could have spent lots of time here searching in all the little hiding spots. There was very little current to deal with on either side of the cove. We have about 40 dives under our belt and found this a very relaxing and fun site. The stairs here are much less daunting than Whytecliff. The surface swim is at least half of what you would do at Whytecliff before descending. We are planning to come back here for sure!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2013
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    2.00

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