Forillon National Park, Quebec
Dive site characteristics
Behavior to have: respect the environment and the fauna.
The dives are done from the shore or by boat. The water current is mild (except otherwise), ask to local dive operators. West, South-West or North-West winds can make the dive impossible. The dives are done in sea water, watch your buoyancy. Raise the weight on your weight belt accordingly. A 7.5mm thick neoprene wet suit is mandatory. A dry suit may be more suitable depending of your comfort habits. Water temperature varies around 60°F but with underwater currents it may drop to around 37 to 48°F.
Please take note that if you do your dive from the shore, a dive flag is mandatory. It is important to know that you may encounter lobsters which may have claws as large as a man’s hand...watch your fingers. Watch you buoyancy otherwise you may sting yourself on urchins. Seals on their side sometimes will like to play with you... Take note that in case of emergency, the cell phone can be used on some dive sites, please ask and test (phone someone before diving).
Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to go with someone who knows the site.
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|1||3-20m||Seal Rock||Shoal located at about 1000m in front of Cap-aux-Os. Currents may vary, it is recommanded to go by boat. Take your bearing by making a line between the Cap-aux-Os beach and Pointe Saint-Pierre (on the other side of the Gaspé Bay).|
|2||6m||Épave du Carabobo||Currents may vary, it is recommanded to go by boat from Grande-Grave. The wreck is in front of the Cap-aux-Os beach, at about 500m from the shore and 100m from the rocky point on the West side of the beach. A buoy of a wave may sometimes be used as bearing point.|
A Canadian corvett during the war sank in december 1945 when it hurts the Seal Rock shoal. It was one of the three corvett disarmed and sold to the Venezulean governement. From Sorel heading to New York in order to be transformed as a Coast Gard ship. It was 76m long. Today it is only a dismantled skeleton. The top sometimes emerges over the water.
|3||1-5m||Les phoques||By boat, a large flat rock and a small grotto can be used a bearing mark.|
|4||5-10m||Le Dolmen||By boat, three underwater islands ascend up to 5m from the surface. They are up front of a large rectangular rock located on the shore which plunges into water.|
|5||10-15m||Le mur des anémones||By boat, take your bearing by makeing a line between the Cap-aux-Os beach and Pointe Saint-Pierre (on the other side of the Gaspé Bay).|
|6||2-6m||Petit-Gaspé||From the beach (located near the bridge over the brook), you carry your gear. You only need to follow an underwater slope. A rich fauna dive site.|
|7||10-20m||Les Ancres||By boat, at about 500m West of Grande-Grave, near the third beach of grave.|
|8||1-35m||Grande-Grave||From the right side of the wharf. You may unload you gear. Be carefull not to get caught into the anglers lines. There are facilities to rinse your gears and change yourself.|
|9||1-7m||Anse St-Georges||By road, up to the picnic area. Sand, rocks and forest of laminar.|
|10||2-15m||Les Roches Blanches||By boat, passed the Anse St-Georges right when you see more lighter rocks. You may visit the cavern 10m high with on ly few meters deep.|
|11||1-15m||Anse aux Sauvages||By road, up to wharf. Sand, Beautifull and colorfull sea bottoms.|
|12||15-20m||Le Palan||By boat, passed the Anse aux Sauvages.|
|13||10-20m||Baie de la Vieille|
|By boat, passed the Anse aux Sauvages. The "Baie de la Vieille" is located on the SOuth side of the Ruisseau du Cap Gaspé. "Le Vieux" is located in line with the Cap Gaspé brooke.|
From Montreal, take highway 20 going East toward Quebec city. Follow up to Rivière-du-Loup where the road becomes road 132. Follow up to Ste-Flavie. From there, 2 routes are possible (take a look at the road map). You may follow the 132 by the North road along the St.Lawrence River up to Rivière-au-Renard (located on the North side of the Park) or follow the 132 by the South road via the Chaleurs Bay up to Perçé, next to Gaspé and finally to St-Majorique (located on the South side of the Park). Follow the 132 and at the Forillon Park entrance, stop to the information booth in order to get more details.
You may also consult the tourist informations about Forillon Park.
To Grande-Grave, just follow the road directions. Park your vehicule on the right side of the wharf in order to unload your gear.
Source: CHS 2001-08-12The picture on the left shows the 2 wharfs. You park your vehicule (tolerated only for divers) on the right side of the right wharf. The picture on the right shows the entry point (at the foreground) and a cabin (at the background) allowing you to change yourself (there is also a soft water tank to rinse your gear).
Please, while looking toward the sea, avoid having yourself in the navigation line between the two wharfs while boats are operating during the day. Just dive on the RIGHT or LEFT side for your own safety. Fly a dive flag!
Source: CHS 2001-08-12For Anse-aux-Sauvages, just follow the road directions. Park your vehicule near the wharf in order to unload your gear (be aware of the tide).
To Cap Gaspé
Source: CHS 2001-08-12To Cap Gaspé, take a local charter. It is recommended to go by boat. The picture on the left shows Cap Gaspé while arriving by boat by the South side. The picture on the right shows an aerial view where the 2 bays can be seen. The white tip at the top is the lighthouse.
|Plongée Forillon Inc.||2103 boul. Grande-Grève,
|418 360-5323||air, rental, charter|
|Station d’air L. Cassivi||2103 boul. Grande-Grève
|Club Nautique de Percé||199, route 132 Ouest,
|air, rentals, charter|