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Garrett Clement Explores Dark Canyon Under Englishmen Falls at Vancouver Island

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Garrett Clement went to Englishmen Falls to practice his videography and said the terrain is different than he is used to. Garrett said the area feels spiritual and set the tone for his freediving session because it is surrounded by old growth. Englishmen Falls is a popular tourist destination with two incredible waterfalls.

The Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is located in British Columbia, Canada. It is located west of Parksville, on Vancouver Island, and borders the small community of Errington. Short hiking trails and bridges provide year-round access to both the upper and lower falls on the Englishman River. In 2019, new trails were built in collaboration with a community group. The base of the falls is a popular swimming hole with 15 to 20 ft cliff jumping. During the season, salmon spawning can be seen.

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Englishman River Falls
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The campground has 107 campsites, the majority of which are vehicle accessible and can be reserved in the summer. A large day use area is available. The park spans 97 hectares and is surrounded by old-growth and second-growth Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock, and maple forests.

The name comes from a First Nations legend about a white man’s skeleton discovered near the falls.

Dive Log

  • Date: July 30, 2022
  • Dive Site: Tyee Cove
  • Location: Nanoose Bay, BC
  • Water Temperature: 10°C
  • Visibility: 10m
  • Dive Time: 56 mins
  • Max Depth: 20m

Best Time To Visit?
January – March

Who To Call:
Nanaimo Dice Outfitters
1-(250)-756-1863

Site Highlights:

Great site for beginners with easy access, bathroom and change facilities, easy navigation, and calm conditions. Tyee cove has a defined entrance with a walls to explore to the right and left. Home to the local resident wolf eel “Grandpa” for the last 20 years this dive site boasts a lot of opportunity to encounter the famous species BC is known for including giant pacific octopus, Puget sound king crab, and giant nudibranchs to name a few.

Hazards:

Poor visibility particularly in the summer months. This is a cold water dive so dry suit is recommended.

Thanks to Garrett Clement for his video submission and dive log report.

Follow Garrett Clement’s Diving/Freediving Adventures at Uncharted Odyssey.

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Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

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