Lock 28Ontario

Dive site characteristics

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

Diving notes

Note: lock 28 has been condamned during the opening of the seaway, you will have to dive in lock 27.

The picture on the left (taken from the bridge looking East) shows the lock 27. On the same picture, on the right side after the big tree, there is an opening of the canal toward the River (not visible on the picture). The central picture shows the Wee Hawk located in front of the lock 28 which has been condamned during the opening of the seaway (avoid any penetration unless certified). The picture on the right shows the bridge and the height for the drift entry point.

On the picture, taken from the West point of the Conestoga site, you see the East point of the Galop canal site. The drift dive is done by passing from the Galop canal to the mouth while getting as near as possible the the West point.

The dive starts from shore.

It is important to take good reference point with the compass before diving. The visibility is sometime poor. The return has to be done in the right direction! The essential thing to remember is if you go against the current, the exit is on your right while with the current, the exit is on your left.

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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122′Wee HawkShip of 50′ wrecked in 1950. The wreck is also known erroneously as the Kitty Hawk.
218′Lock 27You drift along the canal. You should try to get at the West point of the gravel road leading to the Conestoga.
328′Conestoga Follow the bottom toward the chimney. The dimensions are quite large: 252′ x 36′ x 16′

Driving directions

From highway 401, take exit 730 leading to Cardinal. Take the South direction on Shanly Road (also known as road 22).

To get to Conestoga

Cross road 2 (King’s Highway). In the curve going left, keep your right and get the first exit on your right. Follow and cross the bridge over the channel, you will then be on the island. Go on your right toward the red top pavillion (picture below).

Source: Evan LeClair

On the picture above, take the gravel road in front the red top pavillion. It is bumpy and dirt. Follow the road on about 0.9km and as soon as you will see the chimney of the Conestoga (about 30’ from the shore) you will find a place on a narrow parking area where the road gets a bit larger (please leave room for others).

To get to other sites

Turn left on on road 2 heading West. Continue for about 1km and turn South on Galop Canal road heading to the St.Lawrence River. Go to the end of the gravel road, cross the bridge and park your vehicule on the island while taking the less possible space. There are sometimes a lot of visitors during summer.

If you do the drift dive, it is mostly preferrable to go with 2 vehicules or more. One vehicule has to be parked at the Conestoga site, the other one allows to get to sites 2 and 3. At the end of the dive, the 1st vehicule allows you to return to sites 2 and 3 (or vice versa) and get the other vehicules. Otherwise it is a long walk back...in a wet suit.

Diver’s services

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