Lake SimonQuebec

Dive site characteristics

Types Shipwreck dive Cliff dive Night dive
Conditions Visibility more or less reduced Thermocline or cold water
Providers Parking 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 boat ramp for entry point #1 which is located on the right side of the cement slab. The picture on the right, showing entry point #2, has been taken in straight line with the submerged wharf and the mountain (that appears on the center right of the picture).

During Summer time, it is highly recommended to use the dive flag due to heavy boat traffic and marine scooters. Evaluate the situation and make your ascent, spinning slowly upward with your arm raised.

In case of emergency, you can reach 911 by cell phone. However, you must specify your exact location (mention Duhamel and the name of the Center to the operator). The park is huge, so be precise (even if you give more details than necessary). In Summer, the Park personnel can assist you.

Entry points

Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to go with someone who knows the site. The maximum depth in its deepest part reach 108m (351’).

  Depth   Site  Characteristics
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130′Bateau à vapeurSteam boat is at the left side extremity of the lake (at the end of the beach). Just to the right of the boat ramp, there is a small wood steam boat (7m). Following the coast toward the South leads to a cliff which can be visited.
215-30′Le quaiThe wharf Take your bearing with the central building located on the beach, make a straight line and to dive straith ahead. While underwater, keep your bearing onto that direction. Once the sand bottom seems to disapper (at about 7′ deep), you should encounter the top part of the submerged wharf. If you see nothing, you then are at the left or at the right side of it. You have to surface and take again your bearing (take a line between the central building and the kiosk with sun screens). The deepest part of the submerged wharf is at 29′. If you are deeper, you are just too far, come back toward the shore and take your bearing again.
330′Baie DoréeInformations to come.

Driving directions

From Montreal, take highway 15 heading North toward Mirabel. Take then highway 50 headingWest toward Hull and Ottwawa. The highway 50 which becomes road 148. Arriving at Papineauville, turn right on road 321 heading North. Follow the road up to Duhamel. At Duhamel, turn on your left at the end of the road. The entrance booth is about 2km from there.

Please take note that the last 20km (from Chénéville) have to be done on sinuous road and then at a reduced speed of 50km.

Alternative route. Follow highway 40, going West. Take road 417 going to Ottawa. Take exit 9, going to Hawkesbury. After 7km on Gourley road, watch the sign for Prov. of Quebec then turn right on Tupper Road and go to the end of it (1.9km). Turn left on Main Street. After ~2km, in front of the church turn right on St-John. Cross the bridge and turn left at the 2nd red light on road 148. Follow up west toward Hull and Ottawa. Follow the previous road indications from Papineauville.

You may get information at Centre Touristique du Lac Simon by consulting the Sépaq general web site.

To get to the boat ramp, you have to follow the road straight ahead to the end (there are parking lots on each side). Ounce arrived, you need to turn left to get quickly to the boat ramp. It is mostly recommended to park in order not to block the mouvements in the area of the vehicules equiped with a tow for boat.

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Sépaq  1216 rue Principale,
819 428-7931 park services

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