Liquid Assets.... that’s exactly what the St. Lawrence River is to avid or amateur scuba divers. Celebrated as one of the world’s best fresh-water shipwreck diving destinations, the 1000 Islands Region offers numerous well preserved wrecks for beginner to advanced divers. From Kingston to Cornwall, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission has many interesting access points to explore our underwater history. The accidental introduction of the zebra mussel in the mid-1980s has been credited with cleaning the St. Lawrence River to amazing levels of clarity. Ivy Lea Campground serves as a great overnight home base while in the region.
If staying in the Long Sault Parkway area just an hour west of Montreal, you must visit a unique dive site named ‘Lock 21’. It is known as one of Canada’s best surface dives just off Macdonell Island. This dive will take you to the remnants of Lock 21 (built to circumvent the Long Sault Rapids) and the Lost Villages - 9 villages and hamlets - that were flooded to make way for the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Generation project in the late 1950s.
In Kingston, you can access more than 10 wrecks located just off the Collins Bay area and east to the downtown area. You’ll find everything from intact 19th century schooners to steel car ferries. You can dive multiple sites in one day as there are plenty of charter companies near to assist. You will be amazed! Explore tree stumps from forests that were cleared to submerged lock systems, old power-generating systems, house foundations, bridges and more. It is truly one of the most unique dive sites you will ever encounter. Take only pictures - leave only bubbles!