Pointe-au-PèreQuebec


Dive site characteristics

Types Sea dive Drift dive
Conditions Satisfying or excellent visibility Thermocline or cold water Strong current
Interests Sea stars Sea shells
Providers Parking Swimming Picnic tables W.C. Bathroom
Planning Rescue in case of emergency Weather conditionsFerries scheduleRoad conditionsRoad maps

Diving notes

Please take note, the access to the wharf by the surface is forbidden.


Source: Transport Canada -- Transports Canada

On the aerial photo, you can see the lighthouse and the old wharf. The picture is a little bit old, please take that a museum has been built at the back of the lighthouse. The old wharf of Pointe-au-Père is not used anymore. Facing the St.Lawrence River, the dive is done on the left side.

Behavior to have: respect the environment and the fauna.

The dives are done from the shore (except otherwise). The water current is mild (except otherwise) at low tide. Ask to local authorities. 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.

It is a dive that has to be done slowly in order to discover the marine fauna and flora. It is not a dive to do with dominant North-West gusting winds.

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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120-30′Vieux quaiThe dive is done from shor. The wharf is strictly forbiden from the surface.
255-60′BargeThe barge sunk at 3km from the wharf. A charter is mandatory.

Driving directions

From highway 20, follow the indications leading to Rivière du Loup. Head up to Pointe-au-Père (Father Point).

Touristic note: at Pointe-au-Père (Father Point) where you may visit the Musée de la Mer (Sea Museum) which presents an excellent exhibit about the RMS Empress of Ireland (the 3rd largest sea tragedy after the one of the Titanic and the Lusitania ; some historical data can be read at PBS Online ). The abreviation RMS means "Royal Mail Steamer", the boat was used to deliver the mail of his Majesty the King.

And also on the road or while returning, you may visit Musée maritime du Québec (Quebec Maritime Museum) located at L’Islet, a nice visit to do.

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Centre de plongée du Bas St-Laurent  292 St-Germain est,
Rimouski
418 722-6232 air, nitrox, rental, charter
Centre hospitalier de Rimouski  150, av. Rouleau,
Rimouski
418 724-8554 health center

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