Fathom Five National Park of Canada



Submitted By:
Joanne Evans

Submitter Comments:
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 snorkeler to the most advanced diving enthusiast, can find lots to explore and enjoy within the park.
From Tara Harpur at the park: We do have some excellent shore diving in the area of Fathom Five National Marine Park. The only sites that are shore accessible are sites 3, 4, 5 and 23 (The Lighthouse, The Anchor, The Tugs and the Little Cove). The other sites are not shore accessible due to various issues - private property, etc. If you have any questions please let us know!

 Fathom Five National Marine, Park P.O. Box 189 ,Tobermory, Ontario, Canada ,N0H 2R0, Administration: Phone: (519) 596-2233 Fax: (519) 596-2298, Diver Registration: Phone: (519) 596-2503 Fax: (519) 596-2552


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07/21/2013 Richard from Burlington (Avg: 1.73 Review) - They're giving out parking tickets ($25) left and right this year, 2013,--stay away! There's a 2-hour time limit everywhere except the Legion and Chamber of Commerce lots. If you dive from the platform deck, you better be finished within 2 hours.

12/05/2011 Jim Stewart (Avg: 2.38 Review) - The wreck diving here is spectacular (virtually all boat dives), but the shore diving is variable. There is very little plant or animal life, but the water is pristine. You are required to register with the park office and pay a fee. The map they provide will show you where you can park, enter and dive. Note that this is a cold water location, with surface water rarely reaching the mid 60's, and a couple of thermoclines that will have you in low 40's usually at 60' & below. For shore diving: The Lighthouse is very popular for the first dive. The entry is reasonably easy, visibility good, there is a shelf leading to a wall that drops to 30'. From there, you can go down to about 110' if you choose. It is a great place to check your buoyancy in cold water. The Tugs are a great place for new divers. The Alice G is to the north, in good shape, and only in about 6' - 12' of water. It is ideal for snorkelers and beginner divers. The Anchor used to be one of my favourite dives - a 20 minute swim to a large anchor hooked on rocks at about 65'. A commercial sight seeing company recently set up a dock beside the entry point that you must pass before to get there. The town seems to be discouraging parking around this place EXCEPT for tour boat customers. If you don't mind hiking your gear up to a mile (I use dollies), there are some very interesting caves and swim throughs near The Grotto. I usually go off trail just south of the Grotto and set up on the rocky beach, then swim northeast. A shorter hike, but with less to see, is from the visitors center to Little Dunks Bay. This will be much quieter, but very little to see underwater.

07/22/2007 Bill DeSouza (Avg: 3.97 Review) - This is a great site with many natural features and wrecks for all levels and skills. It also has very good top side (SI) things to do.

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Diver Averages for  Fathom Five National Park of Canada  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.00
Bottom Conditions:  3.67
Reef Conditions:  2.00
Animal Life:  1.67
Plant Life:  2.00
Facilities:  3.00
Solitude 3.33
Roads:  3.67
*Site Average:  2.69

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.33
Beginner Scuba:  5.00
Intermediate Scuba:  5.00
Advanced Scuba:  4.67
Night diving Scuba:  4.67

Number of reviews for this site: 3


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