You might not know it yet, but some of the best dive spots in the world can be found in Canada. They have the most beautiful ocean habitat unexploited by humans, which makes the best destination for both saltwater and freshwater dive. Let’s brave the cold waters of Canada and explore their hidden treasures.
Fathom Five National Marine Park
Located in the Georgian Bay in Tobermory, Ontario is the diving capital of Canada, the Fathom Five National Marine Park. It is along Highway 6, right at the tip of Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula. Remember to bring your passport and your ETA Canada when you travel there.
It is home to many shipwrecks including Arabia and Niagara II, which is a popular diving site for experienced divers. There are also a couple of shipwrecks that sits 30 to 40 feet underwater. They are perfect for beginners or novice divers to explore. Diving season in this area runs from May to October. With visibility of eighty feet, the clarity of the water is almost comparable to that of the Caribbean.
Kingston, East of Lake Ontario
If you are one who wants to brave the cold waters for some exciting wreck diving, Kingston Ontario should be number one on your list. Waters here are less forgivable, with a low temperature that ranges from 40 to mid-60s and a visibility of about 20 to 40 feet. These conditions helped with the preservation of the wrecks. However, these factors also made this dive a lot more challenging, but exciting.
You can explore more than 24 of the 400 ships that are known to have wrecked in this site due to bad weather and crashes. A visit during the spring or fall can give you better luck in spotting this amazing underwater world. You can get as much as 60 to 80 feet of visibility during these seasons. It is a 3 hours’ drive from Toronto or 2 hours if you are coming from Ottawa.
Bell Island at Newfoundland and Labrador
Sitting at the bottom of Conception Bay are four cargo ships from World War II, the SS Lord Strathcona, SS P.L.M. 27, and SS Rose Castle. They were sunk by German U-boats way back in 1942. Their depths range from 60 feet to a bit over 110 feet. What attracts divers to this area is the colorful array of sea creatures and a pre-historic looking whale graveyard.
The shipwrecks are teeming with sea life that it almost looks like tropical coral reefs. Some of the creatures you could meet here are the lion’s mane jellyfish, ray-finned fish, lumpfish and ocean pout. It’s quite easy to reach. Just get your Canada ETA application approved then take a direct flight to Newfoundland.
The City of 1000 Islands – Brockville, Ontario
For the less experienced yet thrilling dive, you can head over to Brockville to check out over a dozen wrecks and an underwater sculpture park. It is one of the top five best dive spots in Canada because of its clear water and over a dozen shipwrecks to explore.
It is the best spot to visit during late summer; when the water temperatures could reach over 75. You get full visibility and relatively warm waters that make the diving experience more fun and enjoyable. Beginners can start at the Robert Gaskin, to get the hang of the experience. This wreck sits just in 55 to 70 feet of water, which is fairly shallow. Be on the lookout for schools of perch and bass; they are quite fascinating.
Barkley Sound on Vancouver Island
The perfect dive spot to explore the marvelous aquatic world is in Barkley Sound at the British Columbia. A trip to the reef with your Canada ETA will give an opportunity to see orcas and humpback whales. Divers like you get to see a wide array of sea creatures, from massive starfish and anemones to giant sixgill sharks and Pacific octopus.
You can even get to interact with Harbor seals, Steller’s sea lions, rockfish, shrimps, wolf eels, and kelp crabs. The abundance of colorful macro life here makes it a remarkable photographer’s heaven. Anywhere you go here is full of amazing and magnificent marine life, with Renate’s Reef being the crowd favorite.
Let’s Dive Deep!
You can schedule your dive in Canada in any season. Summer gives you warmer water temperatures, while winter, on the other hand, will provide you with better visibility. It is a whole underwater world full of wonder, historic shipwrecks, and colorful sea life.