Point TraverseOntario

Dive site characteristics

Types Shipwreck dive Deep 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.

The picture on the left shows the quay of Point Traverse from which departures might take place. The central picture shows a view of lake Ontario in the heading direction. The picture on the right shows the diveshop (come departures can take place from the quay located on the back side).

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 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 Point Traverse 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 is a morning activity with a very early departure, boat usually leaves at around 8 o’clock (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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130′Cabine & habitatYou make the entry from behind the dive shop. You make a surface swim and descend along the buoy line.
222′Echo The wreck is located at about half a mile of Gull bar near False Duck Island.
318′Banshee The wreck lies between Timber Island and Duck Island not very far from the Echo.
440-50′Florence A about 300′ off Timber Island.
567-78′Annie Falconer The wreck lies at 1.5 mile North of False Duck Island.
6102′Kattie Eccle The wreck lies to the northeast of False Duck Island.
7104′China The wreck lies to the northeast of False Duck Island.
8106′Alberta The wreck lies opposite Prinyer’s Cove, East of Picton.
955′Fabiola The wreck lies to the Southeast corner of False Duck Island.
1045-82′ManolaThe wreck lies to the southeast of False Duck Island.
1190-101′Olive Branch The wreck lies to the southeast of False Duck Island.
12105′Oliver Mowat The wreck lies to the southeast of False Duck Island.
1320′John RandallThe wreck lies in the School House Bay of Main Duck Island.
1443′Atlasco The wreck lies South Ostrander Point, near Point Traverse.
15105′R.H. Rae The wreck lies South of Point Traverse.

Driving directions

From hightway 401, take one of the exits from 522 up to 566 and take a South direction toward Picton, follow the road signs.

To get to the Ducks Dive shop

From Picton, heading South take road 8, then take road 17. At the end, turn left on road 16. At the end, turn right on road 13. Follow up to the dive shop which will be on the left side (a dive flag can be seen).

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Ducks Dive  Point Traverse RR#3
613 476-3764 boat charter, air, rentals (call before), cottage rentals
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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