Fathom Five National Park, Ontario
Dive site characteristics
At Tobermory, you will find on the Fathom Five website all the dive sites diagram Fathom Five National Marine Park. Be advised, consult the Park Canada regulation about diving.
You must obtain a diving permit 4.95$ per day or 19.80$ valid for a year (2006 tariffs), ask information at the Diver Registration Center. You must tie the permit to your BC (they will give you a tie-wrap).
There are five diving sites within the harbour area (Little Tub and Big Tub), all the others are in open water, consult the maps. Take a look at the regulations otherwise you may be fined.
Among the first five sites, only the site 1, 2 and 3 are accessible from the shore. The sites 4 and 5 are only accessible by boat. These 5 sites are well recommanded for level I divers or in order to prepare yourself to dive on other sites. You must tow a dive flag on these sites.
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 excursions per day, according to the requests, the last one is usually for a night dive. The service costs can vary from 35$ up to 70$ for one or two dives (for more details please consult the "Divers services" down below). Technical dives are possible but the cost is then higher. You have to make a reservation for your dives and sign a waiver.
For dives of 100ft or more like the one on the Forest City, the dive shops will ask you to have at least 10 dives in your logbook (don’t forget to bring it) at that depth.
For most of the dives, departures are done from the quay indicated by the charter (ask for the rendez-vous 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).
The dive is done by a descent and an ascent along the anchor line. There is no current.
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.
All the park facilities are described on the park maps facilities.
Please take note that long parking hours are not permitted nor tolerated in the Little Tub marina area (after 2 hours, you will be fined). Please use the free public parking located on the South side of Road #6 (ask its exact localization).
Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to go with someone who knows the site. Please refer to indications given by Park Canada regarding Fathom Five National Marine Park.
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|1||40′||The Tugs||Site contains 4 wrecks: Alice G, Robert K, Bob Foote as well as John & Alex. Access via walkway. There is a deck for the water entry. Limited parking. The dive has to be done inside the restricted boating buoys.|
|2||70′||The Anchor||Access from the dive area or by boat. Dive flag mandatory.|
|3||90′||Lighthouse Point||Dive into the restricted area. Access by the walkway.|
|4||15′||City of Grand Rapids||Shipwreck of 123′ long. Located 100′ off the bow of the Sweepstakes.|
|5||20′||Sweepstakes||Shipwreck of 185′ long. Parks Canada has installed barricaded in order to prevent passing under the wreck to prevent further damage to the fragile wreck.|
|6||20′||Cascaden||Not recommended. Rarely dived since there is no central location and it parts are scattered over dangerously shallow shoals|
|7||25′||Avalon Voyager II||Private property prevents easy shore access. Lack of a permanent mooring and smooth rock bottom prevent safe anchoring in prevailing westerly winds. Only on calm days.|
|8||10′||China||Near the shoreline. Private property prevents easy shore access.|
|9||15′||John Walters||Limited wreckage left in this very shallow location. Owing to current low water levels, dive boats cannot go to the site.|
|10||25-95′||Philo Scoville||The mooring is located at 75′ from the wreck. Wreck is inclined by 30°.|
|11||28′||W.L. Wetmore||Interesting shipwreck due to its construction. Have a length of 214′.|
|12||25-95′||James C. King||Stern in 20 feet and the bow in 90 feet.|
|13||25′||Newaygo||Shipwreck of 196′. The anchor is located about 40′ southeast of the wreck and another piece of the hull is located about 300′ southwest of the wreck. The boiler can be found 50′ south of the main piece of wreckage.|
|17||20-50′||Charles P. Minch||Shipwreck of 155′. Primary mooring is located close to the head of Tecumseh Cove marks a depth of 25′ of water. The outer mooring marks the 55′ depth of water and indicates other scattered wreckage. The wreck is a|
|18||40′||Pablo’s Hangover||Geological dive includes steep walls, overhangs, small caves.|
|19||40′||North Otter Wall||Geological dive includes steep walls, overhangs, a small cave and pitting features.|
|20||90′||Jacinto||Shipwreck of 85′ long. Located outside Fathom Five Park just West of Yeo Island|
|21||10-30′||City of Cleveland||Shipwreck of 255′ long. Located outside Fathom Five Park just West of Yeo Island|
|22||110′||Arabia||Shipwreck of 131′ long. Inpressive shipwreck.|
|23||90′||Marion L. Brek||Shiwpreck of 127′ long. No so popular site. Located at the South of the island.|
|24||60-150′||Forest City||Shipwreck of 215′ long. The interesting part is between 100′ and 150′. A dive for experienced divers.|
|25||20′||The Caves||The grotto are at 22km East of Tobermory. Acces can be done also from Cyprus Head of Trails from the Cyprus Lake. This is a long transport of equipment by foot. It is mostly recommended to go by boat.|
|26||55′||Caroline Rose||Shipwreck of 132′ long. The rests of the wreck are interesting to visit.|
|27||55-105′||Niagara II||Located at the end of Little Cove Road (about 1 mile East from Tobermory) in the bay of Little Cove. You will need a 5$ pass (2004) in order to dive on that ship wrecked in 1999.|
|28||40′||Little Cove||Located at the end of Little Cove Road (about 1 mile East from Tobermory).|
|29||60′||Dunks Point||Geological dive includes steep walls, overhangs, a small cave and pitting features.|
From highway 401 up to Toronto, take exit 359 and take highway 400 heading North up to Barrington. Take road 327 heading West for a 8km ride. Take route 26 leading to Owen Sound. From there take route 70 to Hepworth, turn right heading North on route 6 leading to Tobermory.
Many services are available, take information at a tourist info booth.
See the city diagram of Tobermory.
For emergency, dial 911 which is available in that region. The medical clinic number is 519-596-2305 ( see Services Tobermory Chamber of Commerce ).
|Divers Den||3, Bay Street,
|519 596-2363||air, nitrox, rentals, formation, charter, repairs|
|Tobermory Aquasport||7037 HWY. 6
|519 596-8474||air, nitrox, trimix, rentals, formation, charter, repairs|
|Tobermory Adventure Tours||8, Bay St South,
|519 596-1240||air, nitrox, rentals, formation, charter, repairs|
|Medical Clinic||Highway #6||519 596-2305||hyperbaric facilities|
|The Chart Shop||24 Carlton Street, Tobermory||519 596-2250||books, maps|