The rugged coastline of southwestern British Columbia offers excellent and varied diving with vistas of below surface sheer rock walls and thick plots of plumose anemones. From late summer through winter, when water clarity is best and allows visibility of up to 100 feet, the region delivers some of the most spectacular temperate-water (average 4–8˚C [39–46˚F]) diving in the world, including sightings of the North Pacific Giant Octopus. Dry suits are imperative.

Rowand's Reef Scuba Shop. This PADI-certified scuba and snorkeling business specializes in year-round diving trips to nearby Howe Sound. Courses are also available. 1731 W. 4th Ave., Kitsilano, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 1M2. 604/669–3483; www.rowandsreef.com.