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To your Unique Marine Vacation

Your Home Away from Home for Marine Life Viewing in the Spectacular Gulf Islands. Our Oceanfront accommodation features a Hot Tub, Sauna and Ensuite Bathrooms. We have an onsite commercial kitchen that provides catering & pizza. To enhance your stay in the Gulf Island we'll help you plan your Salish Sea Diving Adventure. We have Kayaks for our guests to explore our sheltered waters. Want to learn more about our local marine life? Enjoy a Guided Educational Marine Life I.D. Beach walk with Author & Marine Naturalist Andy Lamb.

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Wow, awesome, awesome, awesome! …I will remember the diving, fireplace, hot tub and the FOOD!
— Jonathon

Diving

In the Salish Sea

Cedar Beach will support your diving adventure with great food and comfortable beds at our spectacular oceanfront property. Depending on tide / weather factors we can add to your adventure any of the following: Beach Walks, Marine Life I.D. & Underwater Photography hints. We can enhance your dive adventure with marine life identification expertise and underwater photography tips. Our dive packages can service between four and eight guests. Andy has over 49 years of diving with over 3,300 dives in the Pacific Northwest. We organize small local dive trips for 2 to 4 people. Ocean Oriented Dive Travel...

Within a 8km (26246.7 ft.) radius of Thetis Island, a huge array of marine creatures, four historical ship wrecks and one artificial reef (the renown Boeing 737) are available to explore. The result is a plethora of outstanding dive sites, representing all levels of SCUBA abilities. Consequently, there is exploration opportunity for numerous days. Colourful marine invertebrates and fishes of all varieties are abundant on the reefs, walls, islets, channels and other habitats represented in our temperate waters.

*BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR SALISH SEA DIVES

Optimal diving happens when suitable visibility is available. However, forecasting visibility is difficult. However, some generalities are possible. Plankton blooms and/or river run off can negatively affect visibility. And while a bloom can happen, spring summer or fall, late March through June represents the time frame for the most extreme impact. The rest of the year, visibility is usually acceptable for most divers. For those most interested in the very best visibility in our part of the Salish Sea is from October through early March.

A second consideration for dive planning around Thetis Island is the tide regime. Although many of our sites are not current dependent, some of the ones with the richest marine life are. For those, such as the ones in Porlier Pass, small tidal exchanges are best and timing is critical. Andy suggests that a discussion of the above factors and how they might affect your SCUBA oriented visit is advisable.


ANDY LAMB’S TOP TEN SALISH SEA DIVE SITES

#1 Josef Point, Gabriola Pass
#2 Hall Island
#3 Virago Point, Porlier Pass
#4 Stuart Pinnacle, Stuart Channel
#5 Escape Reef, Stuart Channel
#6 Carlos Island, Gabriola Pass
#7 Norway Island
#8 Race Point, Porlier Pass
#9 Spanish Hills, Galiano Island
#10 Dionisio Reefs, Porlier Pass

GREAT RESOURCE FOR SALISH SEA DIVES

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ARTIFICIAL REEF

Boeing 737, Xihuw Reef, Chemainus

Shipwrecks

The Del Norte, 190 ft Steamer, run aground in fog, 1868, Canoe Islet

The S.S. Miami, 320 ft. Steel Freighter, run aground 1900, Miami Reef

The Robert Kerr, Coal Carrier, run aground while under tow, 1911, Miami Reef

The Point Grey, 105 foot steel tug, ran aground 1949, Porlier Pass

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KAYAKING

Explore Thetis Island

We have the perfect location for kayakers. In all directions there is sheltered waters. Single & double ocean kayaks are available for our guests. Please be aware no instruction is included with the use of our kayaks. They are use at your own risk.

*BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR KAYAKING

Weather, and particularly wind conditions, is the most important factor affecting kayaking in the Salish Sea. Spring, summer and autumn (which also provide the longest daylight hours) provide the optimal opportunities. Although windy conditions can happen anytime of the year, the protected zone around Cedar Beach always offer at least some possibilities. Even winter can supply enjoyable paddling for those hearty folk suitably outfitted for cooler temperatures.

While tidal current is another factor that may potentially impact kayaking, it is virtually irrelevant in the waters surrounding Thetis Island. The one exception is the narrow confines of Porlier Pass – a destination, if to be explored, should be carefully planned for.

The ambience is exquisitly ‘natural’...This is a kayakers B&B retreat for all seasons.
— Buff & Daphne

EDUCATIONAL BEACHWALKS

Marine Life I.D. with Andy

Author & Marine Naturalist, Andy Lamb will take you an informative beach walk, identifying local marine life. Learn about the habitat, appearance and behaviour of marine species from the red rock crab, checkered periwinkle to the spawning plainfin midshipman. Discover the world of eelgrass, algae and the myriad of creatures that inhabit them.

*BEST TIME FOR NATURAL HISTORY BEACHWALKS

The lower the tide, the more marine life is exposed to view. For an optimal experience, a low tide should be at least 0.6 m (2.0 ft.) on a Canadian Table at least. To further enhance such a beach walk, it should begin an hour before the actual forecast time.

While good low tides are available from October through January, these events occur at night – and are thus logistically challenging. May through September presents the most user friendly time frame. Andy is happy to assist with planning if this activity priority during your Cedar Beach visit with us.

 
 
Of course [Andy’s] a wealth of knowledge on creature behaviour and habitat so he really helps put together the big picture of what’s happening in the environment.

— Peter Luckham, The Divemaster

Books Co-Authored by Andy Lamb

COASTAL FISHES OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
MARINE LIFE OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
A FIELD GUIDE TO COMMON FISHES OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

For the ultimate marine life enthusiasts, a consistently updated version of Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest (now over 10 years) is available online, via subscription at KnowBC.

With 1,700 superb colour photographs of over 1,400 species, Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes is the most comprehensive collection of photographs of Pacific Northwest marine life ever published.
— Harbour Publishing

ANDY'S BLOG

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CEDAR BEACH OCEAN LODGE

LOCATION
120 Clam Bay Road
Thetis Island,
BC V0R 2Y0
Canada

MAILING ADDRESS
Box 16-2
Thetis Island,
BC V0R 2Y0
Canada

T 250.246.9770

E info@cedar-beach.com