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Campbell River Isn't Just for Salmon Fishing.

HMCS Columbia Railing

UW scuba diving pictures from Quadra Island and Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Columbia's Polaris

UW scuba diving pictures from Quadra Island and Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Columbia's Rocket Tube

UW scuba diving pictures from Quadra Island and Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Grayling w/scallops

UW scuba diving pictures from Quadra Island and Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Rockfish w/strawberries

UW scuba diving pictures from Quadra Island and Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Sponge

UW scuba diving pictures from Quadra Island and Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Starfish

UW scuba diving pictures from Quadra Island and Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Technicolor Invertibrates

UW scuba diving pictures from Quadra Island and Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Tube Worms


Campbell River Isn't Just for Salmon Fishing.
by Jack Connick

On the weekend of October 7th, 2000 eleven Marker Buoy divers took the long trek up to Campbell River to eat at Mike and Darlene Richmond's new lodge. That's right, we just came for the food; the world-class diving was just to get Mike out of the house so Darlene could cook us amazing meals (at least according to Paul).

Located on Quadra Island, just across from Campbell River the lodge is a diver's paradise with five bedrooms and a nice living room located on the lower floor of Mike's new house (he used to run Abyssal Diving). There's also a nice large hot tub, perfect for socializing in, located just outside an equipment/compressor room with plenty of room for suit storage. Everything is homemade, even the wood he used is mostly hand-felled and milled. To say nothing about the meals.

We dove (and ate), dove (and ate) for two and a half days, in great conditions with 50+ foot viz. on many of the dives. Although Discovery Passage has some of the highest currents in the world, we had long slacks with easy hour-long dives on most of the sites. Mike has an amazing knowledge of the area, having discovered many of the sites and has worked to protect them for many years. His boat is 26', aluminum and customized with many nice features for divers, such good ladders for re-boarding.

We made five dives including; the HMCS Columbia (surrounded by swimming scallops); Seymore Narrows (my favorite with technicolor anemones and sponges amongst a beautiful kelp forest - saw an eight-inch lemon-peel nudibranch!); the towering wall of Copper Cliffs (tube worms galore); Richmond Reef; and a crowd-pleaser; Row & Be Damned (I saw cloud sponges at 41 feet!).

And then there was the food; Darlene and Mike totally spoiled us; dinner Saturday featured fresh, BBQ'd salmon and fresh shrimp, several veggies, salad, rolls, etc. topped by fresh baked apple/boysenberry pie for dessert. We'd come in from diving, drop our gear, and stuff ourselves silly. No one wanted to go home!

It'll take until April (when I run another trip up there) to work off the fantastic meals we ate! Thanks to all who came along, and especially to Mike and Darlene for showing us such a good time!

by Jack Connick
Originally appearing in "The Buoy Tender", the newsleter for the Marker Buoy Dive Club - Seattle
photos and story © 2000

UW scuba diving pictures from Quadra Island and Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
MB Divers w/ Mike
UW scuba diving pictures from Quadra Island and Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Mike & Jack

DynaMike Dive Charters & B&B
Box 718, Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island
Mike Richmond

Artificial Reef Society of BC

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