Niagara RiverOntario

Dive site characteristics

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

Diving notes

The picture on the left shows the Niagara River (looking East). The central picture shows the River (looking West). The picture on the right shows the parking where you can unload your gear but not park.

The diver makes his entry from the boat. If the dive is done from the center of the Niagara river, the depth may reach 85’ otherwise between the center and the shore the depht may vary from 30-40’. As a drift dive, you must fly a dive flag in order to indicate your position to the boat’s captain. The current may reach 4 to 5 knots. Visibility may be very bad if before the dive there has been important rain falls.

It is important to keep the same depth and to follow the instructions given by the captain for the exit.

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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30-85′Riv. NiagaraDescent along the anchor line.

Driving directions

From Toronto, continue on highway 401 heading West, take Exit 375 (Don Valley Parkway) heading South. On Don Valley Parkway, follow the road directions toward the Gardiner Expressway (heading West). You will pass in front of Downtown Toronto. Take a look at the CN Tour on your right and Lake Ontario on you left. After a while, the Gardiner Expressway becomes Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW).

From Toronto, follow the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), heading West up to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Past the city of St-Catharines, follow the directions to take Exit 37 in order to take Highway 405. On the 405, follow the directions for the Queeston-Lewinston bridge. Take the very LAST exit just before the bridge (LAST EXIT).

At the end of the road ramp, turn left at the stop sign on the Niagara Parkway. Past the Brock Momunent and York Road, watch carefully for the crossing roads and turn right on Dumfries St. Go to the end of the Dumfries St. and follow the directions for the Boat Ramp. You must take the very last road on your left. You may go the the boat ramp in order to unload your gear but after you must come back to the small parking lot.

Here is a map that could help you to locate yourself Regional map of Niagara (the map is not detailed as needed).

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Pearl Dive Charters
(John Schertzer)
72, Crestdale Ave,
Ste Catharines
905 684-0294 charter, boat 35ft twin engine Chris Craft steel hull dive boat, Dan O2, O2

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