We almost have an embarrassment of wrecks to drive in Ontario... Our cold treacherous water makes for poor sailing, but great diving. (And the zebra mussels are not hurting the visibility either!)

We are currently researching a lot of the different dives for our own reference (hoping to dive a bunch in the summer!). We will post what we know for now, and will do a full write up once we have dived them ourselves...)

New Scuba Location: George T. Davies

One cold April day in 1945, on a routine coal cargo haul, the weather suddenly got rough, forcing the 47 year old George T. Davie to capsize and sink into Lake Ontario. With cargo holds 12 and a half feet deep, a width of 35 feet and stretching 177 feet long, this ship was enormous then and is just as impressive now as a dive site.

New Scuba Location: Annie Falconer

The Annie Falconer was a 110 ft. wooden two-master schooner built in 1867 in Kingston .  This is one lucky boat that seemed to have many lives since, between 1870 and the 1890s, she ran aground, sank (and was raised) and sustained significant damage from structural damage.  Unfortunately, her luck ran out in November of 1904 when, filled up with coal, she sprang and irreparable leak and sank to her watery grave.  Today, Annie sits upright in about 80 feet of water.

New Scuba Location: Lock 21

A historic plaque marks the entry point to what is essentially a set of locks that is now underwater.  Built to circumvent the rapids of Long Sault, the 270 foot long lock operated from 1885 through 1936.  Later, the area was purposefully flooded to serve as headwaters for a new Saunders hydro dam in Cornwall .  Old foundations from homes and buildings that were also along the flooded stretch of the now St. Lawrence Seaway can also be explored nearby. 

New Scuba Location: Rothesay

Often referred to as “The Greyhound of the St. Lawrence,” the Rothesay was a passenger side-wheeler that traveled the St. Lawrence River .  On September 12, 1889 , the Rothesay collided with another ship ( Myra , a tug boat) and sank while transporting passengers from Montreal to Brockville .  None of the Rothesay’s passengers were killed but two crew members from the Myra were lost. 

NEW SCUBA: The Caves AKA The Grotto

Tobermory is most famous for its wreck dives since there are almost two dozen to choose from!  The Caves is a dive site that is fairly unique in Ontario , featuring a large Mediterranean Grotto and underwater passages.

Being campers, we took the long way to this dive… along the over 2 km of trail, up and over rocks and uneven terrain to get to one of Ontario ’s most gorgeous natural formations simply referred to as “the Grotto.”  Though,

Tobermory Grotto
scuba organizations would list this dive as “The Caves” after the underwater tunnels and caverns.