Union Bay Wreck

Union Bay Wreck
Vancouver Island, BC


Site Review by
 Bryan Heit
Date: 07/04/2005


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bryan Heit Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Toronto Reef:    3.00
State:   Ontario Animal:    4.00
Country:   Canada Plant:    4.00
Diving:   8 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   80 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.25
This site consists of a large barge, which has become completely encrusted with life. To find the barge enter the water, and swim to the end of the breakwater. From here there is a rope extending out to the barge. It's a long slog to the barge, so be patient. There are some scattered remnants of an old dock to keep you interested, but otherwise there is little but crabs and mud to keep your attention. Once at the barge there is a lot to see - anemones cover it from end-to-end. All kinds of life can be seen living on and under the barge. A few important points though: Firstly, vis in this area is not great, but it improves 1000-fold at high tide. At low tide you'll have trouble seeing your hand; it's much better at high. Secondly, although the dive isn't very deep or challenging, it probably isn't a good choice for beginners. The swim out is quite a distance, and newer divers (or air pigs) may find that they only have a 1/2 tank let when they get to the site. Plus, the distance is simply too far for a surface swim, so underwater is the only way to go. Lastly, be careful during entry. The easiest way in is via the boat launch - along with all the dangers that entails. However, the boat launch area is also full of mud (especially if the tide is low), so don't be surprised if you find yourself bogged down in mud. At high tide you may be able to enter directly off the breakwater - if this can be done it is your best option.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    2.00
Advanced:    2.00
Night diving:    2.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2005
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00

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