Snorkelling adventures around Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

Snorkelling adventures around Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands


Victoria Natural History Society Nov. 27 2023 7:30pm, UVic campus, Elliott 162 (non-members welcome).

Nature Vancouver March 14 2024, online

Snorkelling and shallow freediving are amongst the greatest pleasures in my life, and I am blessed to live just minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Whilst you might not associate these cold Canadian waters with a snorkel destination, there is abundant underwater life in the kelp forests and on the rocky intertidal reefs. Over 25 species of seastars (including some of the largest in the world), many tens of outrageously colourful nudibranch species, anemones, corals (yes, we have corals!) and of course the signature giant Pacific octopus. I have seen over a hundred species whilst snorkelling around Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Check out some photos!

Want to give it a go yourself? I have written a book about how to get started! The guide covers everything you need to know, starting from how to stay toasty warm in BC's chilly waters, over 100 colour photos of the most common marine species, detailed entries for over 50 locations and tips on the best locations for every watery whim.

Snorkelling Adventures Around Vancover Island and the Gulf Islands: The ultimate Guide is published by Harbour.

Find a copy in your local stores .

Buy it on!

About: Sara Ellison is a professional astronomer. She obtained her PhD from Cambridge University and worked for the European Southern Observatory in Chile before moving to the University of Victoria in 2003. In addition to her research activities (which focus on galaxy evolution), Sara is active in education and outreach and has given hundreds of public and professional talks to audiences across five continents in english, french and spanish.

To contact Sara about her book, organize a speaking engagement or media enquiries: Email Sara

Previous media and reviews:

Pacific Yachting Magazine book review, October 2023
Coast Reporter article.
Vancouver Sun article.
Global News BC TV interview, morning show with Sonia Sunger.
CBC interview with Margaret Gallagher on North by Northwest.
Coast Connections TV interview with Liz Heinz.
CBC print article.
CBC interview on All Points West with Jason D'Souza.
Victoria News article.
Campbell River Mirror article.
CKNW Vancouver radio interview on the Mike Smyth morning show.

Past talks and presentations:

April 18 2023 - Book launch at Bolens Books, Victoria
May 21 2023 - Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society (SIMRES)
June 10 2023 - Sooke Region Museum
July 6 2023 - Sea Cider, Saanich
August 17 2023 - Oceanfix, Campbell River
August 18 2023 - Cafe Guido, Port Hardy
September 7 2023 - Seaside Centre, Sechelt


2022 Ocean Exposures photo competition: second place