Dive site characteristics

Types Sea dive Shipwreck dive Drift dive
Conditions Satisfying or excellent visibility Thermocline or cold water Strong current
Interests Whales or other sea mammals 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

Behavior to have: respect the environment and the fauna. Watch your buyancy in order not to dammage the shipwrecks. Please take picture and leave the artefact. WARNING be sure to dive a slack tide. At any other time, the shoals near the shore combined with other meteorological conditions can produce strong currents during high or low tide (consult Secrets of the St.Lawrence)

The picture on the left shows the lighthouse (after crossing the small bridge). The central picture shows he bridge (taken from the island at low tide). The picture on the right shows the transparency of the water.

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 4°C (40°F).

The shipwrecks are part of a preserve program that a preservation group Groupe de préservation des vestiges subaquatiques de Manicouagan tries to put forward.

Bring a certain amount of soft water in order to rince at least your regulator. There is no facility.

Entry points

Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to go with someone who knows the site. Please take pictures and leave all the artefacts in place.

  Depth   Site  Characteristics
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1Lake ComoAmerican steamship which sank in 1918 at Table Cove (near Tableau des mornes of Godbout).
210-40′Signi A 3 masts sailing boat sunk in 1908. All the parts spans over a surface of 170′ by 120′. Located at the East of Grand Anse of St-Augustin (bay).
30-20′Blanche AlmaFishing boat shunk in 1908. There are only few metal parts like nails, etc.
43-18′Georges SmithAccessible directly when you arrived. You only have to park in order not to disturb the traffic (mostly during summer).
53-18′Cimba3 masts boats shunk in 1915, access from the Astérie camping. The most interesting part is the anchor and upside-down hull. One of its anchor (12’ long) is located on the ground of the Lighthouse of Pointe-des-Monts. At low tide, a few metallic pieces can be seen as well as the chain and a part of the hull upside-down.
61-7mKinburn3 masts boats sunk in 1889 at Cod Cove (Anse à la Morue).
73-7mEdith EmilySteamship which sank in 1872 à Steamship Cove.
8?Florence M.sunk in 1888 at the Caye Noire.
9?Coronationsunk in 1942 at the Caye Noire.
10?Hendon Hallsunk in 1914 at the Caye Noire.
11?Elizabeth & MaryThe shipwreck has been recuperated during archeological work between 1995 and 1997.

Driving directions

From Montreal, take highway 40, heading East toward Quebec City. Follow the directions in order to get to St-Anne-de-Beaupré. While now on road 138 follow up to St.Catherine Bay. From there take the ferry boat to Tadoussac. Follow up the road up to Baie Comeau. You then continue up to Pointe-des-Monts.

Alternative route. Other road directions are possible, please consult a road map.

Touristic note: at Bayie-Trinité, you may visit the Centre national des naufrages du Saint-Laurent where an exhibition about shipwrecks on the St.Lawrence.

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Les Loups Marins  144, Damase Potvin,
Baie Comeau
418 295-3440 scuba diving club
Manic extincteurs 2592, boul. Laflèche,
Baie Comeau
418 589-9025 air
Gîte du phare de Pointe-des-Monts  1937, Ch. du Vieux Phare, Pointe-des-Monts 418 939-2332 lodging
Plongée Petit Pingouin  589, rue Humphrey,
418 968-9558 air, repairs, rentals

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