Overview of Woodlands


Vancouver, BC


Do you have time for a scenic drive? Then take a beautiful drive through some wonderful scenic countryside in North Vancouver to dive the Lone Rock at Woodlands.

Directions: From Cates Park, head North on Dollarton Highway for 1.3km, then left onto Mount Seymour Parkway for 1.1km, then right onto Mt. Seymour Road for 0.6km, then right onto Indian River Road. If you've made it this far, congratulations! Follow the signs to Woodlands as you wind through the forest for 4.8km to the stop sign below.


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06/08/2006 Thill (Avg: 1.96 Review) - I have done two dives here in the last month. The topography is different than other areas around, but not much to see. The only good thing is a fair variety of nudibranchs, but you have to go slow and really look to find them.

03/10/2006 Anonymous (Avg: 2.41 Review) - Not much life, but really interesting topography!!!

04/10/2005 Scott Thiessen (Avg: 2.71 Review) - Other than the really steep wall and the junk under the docks, there is nothing much to see here. Another exercise in sticking it out until the air is gone.

12/30/2004 El Capitan (Avg: 2.71 Review) - The drive out to Woodlands is quite lovely, though the dive left a bit to be desired. From the mark, the bottom starts off in a gentle shell slope, and then drops off into a near-vertical, almost featureless wall. This in itself is unusual and interesting, but there are few places for life to take hold, leaving it quite barren. We explored down to 140', and found little change from the shallower depths. On the day we dove, there was minimal current, and vis was about 8'. The bay is ringed with docks, and we found some interesting debris, including a truck canopy on our swim back to shore. The beach access is difficult, so we opted to do our entry and exit from the public dock. Overall, it beat going to work, but it can't compare to some of our other excellent local shore dives. Cheers!


Site Photos

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 Map     Sat
GPS: VA0401


Parking at Woodlands 

Parking is limited to the top of this hill, 200 meters from the drop-off point below.

Trail Head

 Map     Sat
GPS: VA0402


Trail Head at Woodlands 

The drop-off point is located at this circle surrounded by residences. Be very quiet and respectful of the owner's parking and privacy. From this trail head, it is only a few meters to the entry.


 Map     Sat
GPS: VA0403


Entry at Woodlands 

You can tell it drops off rather quickly. Beware of boat traffic, as this is a small harbor.




Overview at Woodlands 

Head for the Lone Rock Point, and enjoy!

Last Verification: July, 2001  


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

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.50
Bottom Conditions:  2.75
Reef Conditions:  2.75
Animal Life:  1.50
Plant Life:  1.50
Facilities:  1.00
Solitude 4.25
Roads:  3.75
*Site Average:  2.44

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.25
Beginner Scuba:  2.25
Intermediate Scuba:  2.50
Advanced Scuba:  2.50
Night diving Scuba:  2.25

Number of reviews for this site: 4


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