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Fathom Five National Marine Park of Canada

Diving

Fathom Five offers some of the best freshwater diving opportunities in the world. Clear, clean water, submerged geological formations (cliffs, caves, overhangs) and more than 20 historical shipwrecks offer a variety of underwater experiences. Everyone, from the novice snorkeller to the most advanced diving enthusiast, can find lots to explore and enjoy within the park.

Note: All divers planning to dive in Fathom Five, need to first obtain their dive tag by registering at the Park Visitor Centre . For more information on diver registration, click here .

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Lone diver
Lone diver
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Dive Sites

For more information on individual dive sites, click on map numbers or consult text equivalent below.

Dive Sites
Dive Sites
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#6. CASCADEN - schooner

built: Southampton, Ontario, 1866
depth: maximum 6 metres (20 feet)

This vessel was wrecked in October, 1871. The wreckage is badly broken up and spread over a large area.

#7. CHINA - schooner

built: Port Robinson, Ontario, 1863
length: 41.8 metres (137 feet)
depth: maximum 3 metres (10 feet)

Wrecked on China Reef in November, 1883. The wreckage is badly broken with the main portion being close to shore.

John Walters
John Walters
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#8. JOHN WALTERS - schooner

built: Kingston, Ontario, 1852
length: 32.9 metres (108 feet)
depth: 5 metres (15 feet)

Wrecked circa 1899, limited wreckage remaining. Items of note: heavy keelson and centreboard box, glacial scours and small fish. Suitable for novice divers and snorkelers.

Wetmore propeller
Wetmore propeller
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#9.W.L.WETMORE - steamer

built: Cleveland, Ohio, 1871
Length: 65.1 metres (213.7 feet)
depth: maximum 10 metres (30 feet)

Wrecked during a storm, November, 1901. In addition to the large amount of timber wreckage on site, look for the impressive boiler, anchor chain and rudder. Also note interesting bedrock features. This dive is suitable for divers of all levels of diving experience and snorkelers.

#10 JAMES C. KING - schooner/barge

built: East Saginaw, Michigan, 1867
length: 53.4 metres (175 feet, 3 inches)
depth: 7 to 30 metres (25 to 95 feet)

The KING was wrecked while under tow by the WETMORE in November, 1901. The second barge on tow, the BRUNETTE, was later salvaged. This site is good for advanced levels of experience. It is not recommended for novices or trainees.

#11 NEWAYGO - steamer

built: Marine City, Michigan, 1890
length: 59.7 metres (196 feet)
depth: maximum 8 metres (25 feet)

Vessel was wrecked during a storm in November, 1903. The wreckage is scattered, the main portion lies flat on the bottom (note the massive size of the timber used during construction). Excellent site for all levels of diving experience. The open conditions of this site require suitable weather.

#12.PHILO SCOVILLE - schoone

built: Cleveland, Ohio, 1863
length: 42.5 metres (139 feet, 6 inches)
depth: 7 to 30 metres (25 to 95 feet)

Vessel was wrecked during a storm in October, 1889. The bow portion, including the bowsprit can be found at the deeper depths and the anchors are located about 30 metres (100 feet) east of the main wreckage. Because of depth, this site is recommended to divers with advanced levels of experience only.

Charles P. Minch
Charles P. Minch
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#13 CHARLES P. MINCH - schooner

built: Vermillion, Ohio, 1867
length: 47.2 metres (154.7 feet)
depth: 6 to 16 metres (20 to 50 feet)

The MINCH was driven onto the rocks in October, 1898. The wreckage is broken and spread over Tecumseh Cove, Cove Island. The main portion of wreckage is found close to shore near the head of the cove. Of note on this site is the fact that portions of two rudders can be found. The second rudder (situated west of the inner mooring buoy), is likely from the schooner Tecumseh, wrecked in this area in 1882). A good site for all levels of experience.

Arabia
Arabia
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#14 ARABIA - barque

built: Kingston, Ontario, 1853
length: 40.1 metres (131.6 feet)
depth: maximum depth 37 metres (120 feet)

Foundered off Echo Island in October, 1884. Wreck is in good condition, bow section with bowsprit, windlass and anchors is particularly impressive.
This site is only recommended for advanced diving groups under the direction of a dive master. Strong currents may be encountered on this site and weather conditions play an important role.

#15 MARION L. BRECK - schooner

built: Kingston, Ontario, 1863
length: 38.7metres (127 feet)
depth: the major portion is at 28 metres (90 feet)

The vessel struck the rocks and broke up in October, 1900, leaving scattered wreckage in shallows; the main portion lies in deeper water.

#16 FOREST CITY - steamer

built: Cleveland, Ohio, 1870
length: 66 metres (216.7 feet)
depth: 18 to 46 metres (60 to 150 feet)

The ship struck the east side of Bears Rump Island in the fog and sank in June, 1904. The bow lies at about 18 metres (60 feet) while the stern is at up to 46 metres (150 feet). Suitable for highly advanced divers only.

Avalon Voyager II
Avalon Voyager II
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#17. AVALON VOYAGER II - motor ship

built: Clarenville, Newfoundland, 1947
length: 41.2 metres ( 135 feet)
depth: maximum depth 8 metres (25 feet)

Stranded October, 1980. Subsequent weathering and a fire have left only the bottom portion remaining. A good snorkel site.

#18. CAROLINE ROSE - schooner

built: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, 1940
length: 39.6 metres (132 feet)
depth: maximum depth 16.5 metres (55 feet)

The Caroline Rose was towed to Driftwood Cove on the Georgian Bay shore by a group of sport divers and sank as a dive site in late August, 1990. Located outside the park boundaries, there are a variety of tools and fittings on site.

#19, #20, #21 UNIDENTIFIED WRECKS

Widely scattered material of limited interest to the average sport diver. Depths vary to maximum 29 metres (90 feet).

Grotto
Grotto
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#22.THE CAVES

depth: submerged grotto entrance 6 metres (20 feet)

Located along the Georgian Bay shoreline about 19 km (12 miles) east of Tobermory. Trail access for hikers from Cyprus Lake Head of Trails. Explore the hidden passages that lead from inside the Grotto to the open waters of Georgian Bay. Recommended for all levels of diving experience, and snorkelers. Diving access via boat from Tobermory.

Pitting
Pitting
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#23. LITTLE COVE (Daves Bay)

depth: 13 metres (40 feet)

Popular area for diver open water check-outs. Look for geological formations such as pitting, glacial erratics and bedrock layering. Limited parking. Please respect the rights of private property owners adjoining the access area.

Anchor
Anchor
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#24. DUNKS POINT

Interesting geological formations, including good examples of "pitting" can be found here. A wooden-stocked anchor lies just off the point in about 18 metres (60 feet) of water. Vessel access only.

#25 NORTH OTTER WALL

North Otter Wall
North Otter Wall
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depth: maximum 13 metres ( 40 feet)

Popular geological dive site includes steep walls, overhangs, small cave and pitting features. Suitable for all levels of diving experience.