Shute Reef is a rocky area near the more well-known Arbutus Island off the North tip of the Saanich Peninsula. I came here as a second dive on the SEA Dive charter boat (Jan. 16, 2022).
I swam down along the North-West side of the reef. The shallows near the marker were covered with stalked kelp and red urchins. Visibility was a green 15'.
I reached a wall that ran along the North-West side of the reef. This wall went down to about 60' deep and was covered in places with plumose anemones. There were also lots of giant barnacles, cemented tube worms and cup corals (including the unusual yellow variety).
I thought this was a great dive. Some of the other divers on the boat saw octopus and a few wolf eels. Even though today it seemed a bit dark and gloomy, I can only imagine how good it would be on a bright Summer day with good visibility and the bull kelp forest streaming above on the top of the reef.