most popular dive sites of our area
here for a technical descriptions of all the sites and minimal diver
Wreck of the Empress of Ireland
most famous dive site of our area! The Empress of Ireland
was a Canadian Pacific ocean liner that sank in 1914. The Musée
de la Mer de Pointe-au-Père dedicates a major permanent
exhibit to this 172 meter (569 ft) giant that lies offshore of Sainte-Luce-sur-Mer.
Wreck of the Germanicus (Île
Biquette, Parc du Bic)
The Germanicus, a 2623 tonBritish
vessel, sunk in 1919 a few meters from the Northwest Reef near Biquette
Island. Although it has been damaged by artifact hunters, the boilers,
screw and anchor remain intact and are impressive sights. Divers
are often greeted by the local residents; seals from the colonies
around the Bic and Biquette Islands.
|Located on the North shore
of the St.Lawrence, the exceptional dive sites of Les Escoumins
are easily reached by the fast
catamaran ferry that leaves from Rimouski several times a day.
The marine life in this sector of the Saguenay St.Lawrence Marine
Park is very abundant and colorful. Divers can also visit the wreck
of the Bergeronnes Trader, a small 75-ton freighter that went down
The Pointe-au-Père wharf
This site is only minutes
away from Rimouski. The old wharf is now a rock jetty and provides
nice sights both above the surface and underwater. Winter diving
is also possible when the area is ice-free.
The site known as Les
Îlets is located a little east of Matane. It is one of the
most visited sites of our area. Dives are done on the northern side
of the small islands. Marine life is abundant and typical of the
The wreck at Cap-Chat
Located near the Cap-Chat
fishing port, this old barge has been damaged by ice and storms
since it went down, but it is still a nice dive site.
Rivers and lakes
The Rimouski area offers
many freshwater diving opportunities. Many lakes have dropoffs and
deep walls that are sought after by divers. Rivers, including the
Rimouski River, can also be visited by divers.
Ice diving is popular during
winter on our lakes.
Wreck of the Nipigon
Under the leadership of
the RAEQ (Récifs
Artificiels de l'Estuaire du Québec), the former HMCS Nipigon
was sunk on July 26th, 2003 off Sainte-Luce-sur-Mer. This 113 meter
vessel which rests in 30 m (100 ft) of water is now a first rate
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