There are so many breathtaking spots in Ontario to discover. From hidden swimming holes to massive waterfalls and long stretches of beaches with turquoise water, this province is filled with spectacular sights to explore. But below the water, there is another world waiting to be discovered, filled with aquatic life and sunken ships. This August, you need to explore these 20 creepy underwater shipwrecks in Ontario.
Fathom Five National Marine Park is famous for being one of the best freshwater diving locations in the world! In the clear water, you can find more than 20 shipwrecks with some of them sinking as far back as the 1880s.
Located on Georgian Bay, it's a 3.5-hour drive from Toronto. All of the shipwrecks are designated dive sites and are open to the public. At this incredible spot in Ontario, you can find some of the oldest and best-preserved wrecks in Canada. To dive here, you'll need to register at the Visitor Centre and purchase a one-day wristband for $4.90.
Even without a scuba certification, you can still see several of the shipwrecks. There is a variety of wrecks that are shallow enough where you can see them by snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding, or by taking a glass-bottom boat tour.
For example, you can see a 137-foot China schooner that is located 10 feet below the water! Or you could swim to a 108-foot long John Walters schooner which is 15 feet below water.
If you plan on snorkelling or stand-up paddleboarding, no permit is required to visit the shipwrecks. Or, if you prefer a more relaxing way to see the wrecks, you can book a glass-bottom boat tour with Bruce Anchor Cruises. Their boat tours will take you directly to some of the wrecks for $43 a person.
Fathom Five National Marine Park
Price: Free to snorkel or SUP paddleboard, $4.90 for a day pass to scuba dive, or $43 for a glass-bottom boat tour
Address: 121 Chi sin tib dek Rd, Tobermory, Ontario
Why you need to go: You can see some of the oldest and best-preserved shipwrecks in Canada!