Pass is a 650 Metre wide channel between Valdes and Galiano Islands which
experiences 8-9 knot tidal streams. This is a great place to go fishing!
Virago Rock and the Wreck of the Point Grey:
Located in the center
of Porlier Pass, Virago Rock is the final resting-place of the 1911
steam tug, the 'Point Grey'.
The tug ran aground
in 1949 and remained perched on the rock until the early 1960's when
rolled over and sank. The 32-metre wreck is upside down in 10-15 metres
of water and can only be dived at slack water. A gaping hole midship allows
full penetration. The hull is covered with small Plumose Anemones and
Encrusting Sponges; Bull Kelp streams from her like flags. Inside, dive
lights reveal a soft blanket of white Plumose Anemones clinging to the
beams. She is heavily colonized by a wide variety of marine life.
Wreck of the Del Norte:
At the NE entrance
to Porlier Pass, next to Canoe Islet, lies the 60-metre steam side-wheel
schooner, the 'Del Norte', which ran onto the reef and sank in 12-25
of water in 1868. In 1972, the 'Del Norte' was declared a protected Heritage
Site by the BC Government. Her wooden hull has long since disappeared
but her boilers, paddlewheels and engines form a spectacular geometric
subject for photographers. She is covered with Basket Stars, Plumose
Anemones and Lingcod and is best dived at slack water.
Point is a slack water dive, which is the site of the Gulf Island's friendliest
Alcala Wall boasts
a pastel of Soft Corals, Sea Pens, Orange-Peel, Nudibranchs, Basket
and acres of white Plumose Anemones which make this a very "bright"
dive site and a perfect backdrop for photographers. Encounters with
California and Stellar Sea Lions are common.