It’s true — if you get your certifications in Canada, you can dive anywhere in the world with total confidence. No where else will you find such a variety of diving conditions and experiences than right here in the Ottawa, Gatineau, Brockville, Kingston area.
There are plenty of different diving sites — wrecks, walls, drifts, submerged power stations, locks and other terrestrial structures. Some sites are shore access but many require a boat. Depths are typically 30′, 60′ to 100′ and real deep. These deep sites and wreck penetrations provide plenty of opportunities for technical diving. The village of Rockport is noted for it’s deep sites — Rockport Wall to 240′ and the wreck of the Jodery starts at 130′ and goes to 240′.
Popular shore dives are Rothesay, Conestoga and Prescott docks (for novice and out-of-season dives), Rockport and Lock 21 (which although only 60 feet max depth is an advanced dive due to the poor viz and strong current). Popular boat dives are Wolf Islander, Marsh, Keystorm, Kingshorn, America, Vickery, etc. Architectural sites include various submerged shipping locks and the old Mille Roches hydro-electric generating power house.
One of the most popular local training sites, Morrison’s Quarry, is covered in it’s own section.
Local Dive Site List
The St. Lawrence offers up world-class scuba diving sites both for beginner and advanced divers. Listed below are a few of the most popular wrecks and structures along the St. Lawrence, from Morrisburg up to Kingston.
|A.E. Vickery||Alexandrea Bay, NY||Boat||ADV|
|Eastcliffe Hall||Chrysler Marina||Boat||ADV|
|Harvey J Kendall||Wolfe Island||Boat||OW|
|Henry C. Daryaw||Brockville||Boat||ADV|
|Iroquois||Niagra Shoal, NY||Boat||ADV|
|Islander||Alexandrea Bay, NY||Boat||OW|
|Maggie L||Clayton, NY||Boat||ADV|
|Roy A. Jodery||Welkslay Island||Boat||ADV/TEC|
|Sir Robert Peel||1000 Island Bridge||Boat||ADV/TEC|
|St. Louis||Cape Vincent, NY||Boat||OW|
|Wee Hawk (Kitty Hawk)||Cardinal||Shore||OW|
|Wolfe Islander II||Wolf Island, Kingston||Boat||ADV|
|Milles Roach Powerhouse||Long Sault Marina||Boat||ADV|
|Morrison’s Quarry||Wakefield, QC||Shore||OW|