Overview of Strathcona


Vancouver, BC


This is a nice suburban park with very easy access to two small islands. Take time to circle the islands, watching for boat traffic. You won't find facilities here, but you will find a relaxing atmosphere!

Directions: From Cates Park, head North on Dollarton Highway for 1.6km, then right onto Strathcona. Wind around for less than a kilometer until you find the parking below.

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08/10/2014 SiberX (Avg: 3.34 Review) - Dove this site for the first time in August due to high E.coli counts at the usual north shore sites at the time. We dove close to slack (high tide) and still had pretty notable currents - be sure to dive as close to slack as possible if you don't want to kill yourself fighting currents! Surface swam out to the Southwest tip of Grey Rocks island and dropped, but it was too shallow (20-30ft) and nothing but boring sandy bottom there. We resurfaced and tried again off the southeast corner of the island just past the dock and got better depth, but things only got interesting once we had started looping around the northeastern side of the island. There's an old concrete pipeline there that's got a lot of life, as well as scattered rocks around 50-80ft with crabs, anemone, shrimp, and a variety of fish (saw flounders and a big ling cod). If we were to dive this site again we'd stick very close to slack tide and dive the northeastern side of the island - once we got into the right area we quite enjoyed ourselves!

10/24/2006 David King (Avg: 3.13 Review) - I have dove this site lots and is one of my favorite sites. Easy entry from either the pier or the boat launch at the park. Long swim out to the southeast point of the island before making the descent but when down there, it's pretty around the rocks. Saw octopus in the kelp at 20 feet on a night dive, place is buzzing with shrimp, sole, rockfish and an insane amount of crabs. Current can get strong on the tip of the rocks so watch for tide times.

08/11/2004 George Skinner (Avg: 2.55 Review) - Quiet site to do some crabbing. Not too much bottom life. Visibility usually isn't great, and time your dive carefully as currents can get pretty nasty. Limited parking, and I've seen it get busy on weekends.

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GPS: VA0501


Parking at Strathcona 

Parking is limited, so come early.




Overview at Strathcona 

The grassy park area is to the left of the low tide flats.


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GPS: VA0503


Entry at Strathcona 

The entry is very easy. Grey Rocks Island hides the smaller White Rock.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Strathcona  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.33
Bottom Conditions:  3.00
Reef Conditions:  3.00
Animal Life:  3.00
Plant Life:  2.67
Facilities:  1.67
Solitude 2.33
Roads:  3.67
*Site Average:  3.01

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.33
Beginner Scuba:  3.00
Intermediate Scuba:  3.33
Advanced Scuba:  2.33
Night diving Scuba:  3.00

Number of reviews for this site: 3


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