Located in Sechelt Inlet off Kunichin Point this is an excellent dive for all avid wreck divers. Laying on it’s side means this is a deep dive with the stern at 55fsw and bow at 105fsw depending on tides. Access holes have been cut into the hull and super structure to allow access to the three diveable decks. This 366ft vessel offers many areas for exploration and interior penetration to those qualified. Glassy tunicates are everywhere on this wreck, initially appearing in the first 6 months of being underwater, and this has only attracted more marine life. The Chaudiere is a destroyer escort built during the post wars years along with a number of other vessels of this class.
Visibility in this area usually averages 30 – 50ft and has been known to exceed 100ft. This wreck is only accessible by boat. The wreck is marked but 3 yellow marker buoys at the bow, amidships and the stern.In 1992 the HMCS Chaudiere was the first destroyer-escort to be sunk to form an artificial reef. Since then “The Chaud”, as she is affectionately known, has become home to a diverse community of marine creatures. Having deservedly gained a reputation as one of the best wreck dives on the Pacific Coast, “The Chaud” gets more amazing with each year.
Suncoast Diving is the Official Charter and Caretaker of the HMCS Chaudiere, having been involved from the initial planning, cleanup and sinking to the ongoing maintenance of the ship and site. The 366-ft ship settled on her port side. The deck at the stern is 50-60ft deep, at the superstructure is about 80′ and at the bow is 90-100 ft. The bottom at the stern is about 80-ft, at midship is about 110-ft, beneath the guns is about 140′ and the bow hangs over a ledge. Large, yellow cautionary buoys (X) are attached to the ship at the stern, mid-ship and bow. Orange and white mooring cans (X) are attached to the ship just forward of the superstructure and mid-mortar bay.