Built by Burrard Dry Dock Ltd., Vancouver, Columbia was commissioned on 7 November 1959, and soon afterward was transferred the east coast. In 1960 she represented Canada at Nigerian Independence observances, returning home on 25 October. In March 1967 she was transferred to Esquimalt. Paid off on 18 February 1974, Columbia was fitted to "no-thrust wheels" so that her engines might be run at dockside. Later in June 1996, she was sunk by the Artificial Reef Society of B.C. near Campbell River.
Sunk as an artificial reef on June 22, 1996 off Maud Island near Campbell River, B.C.(Position: 50 08.031 N, 125 20.152 W )