Dive site characteristics

Types Shipwreck dive
Conditions Visibility very restricted or null
Providers Parking Boat ramp Restaurant Swimming Picnic tables W.C. Bathroom
Planning Rescue in case of emergency Weather conditionsFerries scheduleRoad conditionsRoad maps

Diving notes

Note: the page is under construction. For the time being, information is approximate.

Except for some few exceptions, most of the wrecks in the area are in deep waters. Divers have to use the services of a charter. A charter might do on average 2 to 3 dive trips per day, according to the requests, the last one is usually for a night dive. The service costs can vary from 50$ up to 80$ for two dives (for more details please consult the "Divers services" down below). You have to make a reservation for your dives and sign a waiver.

For the dives on remote sites away from the Deseronto area, it is largely known that South-Westerly winds arrive every afternoon and can carry waves of more than 6ft high. Dive on remote sites must be planned in morning the boat usually leaving early at around 8 a.m. (please get informed).

For most of the dives, departures are done from the quay indicated by the charter (ask for the rendez-vous as well as the parking localization). The travel duration for a dive is about 4 hours, but can vary according to distance and weather conditions. Think to bring a quick lunch, water and a sun screen (ask your charter). For the localization of sites, most of the popular dive sites are marked with a buoy.

The dive is done by a descent and an ascent along the anchor line. There is no current (except on some sites, like on the Wolf Islander II site where it is nearly non detectable).

Water temperature is around 60°F. For most of the dives in a lake, a thermocline can be observed most of the time. There is no exception to the rule. The presence of a thermocline can be noticed between 30 and 40 ft where the temperature drops of 10°F. One of the Great Lakes characteristics is the presence of a second thermocline at around 60-70 ft where temperature drops of an additionnal 10°F. It is mostly recommanded to use a 7mm wet suit with a hood, gloves and boots. A dry suit is also recommended with thermal underwears.

About the visibility, it increases under the thermocline. About luminosity, it is recommended to bring a lamp having a good intensity.

Entry points

Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to go with someone who knows the site.

  Depth   Site  Characteristics
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100′Alberta Tug boat with a centerwheel paddle wrecked in 1899, in front of Deseronto at Bay of Quinte. At 100m from shore or by boat.

Driving directions

From hightway 401, take the exit 566 and take a South direction toward Deseronto following road 49. Later take road 2 heading Deseronto.

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Archives and Collections Society  2, Gladstone Ave,
613 476-1177 maritime history and conservation
Mariners Park Museum  Road 10 & 13 junction,
  maritime museum

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