BEST CAVE DIVE IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
What: There is virtually no sport cave diving in Ontario. What few caves and sumps that can be dived are considered dangerous, cold and difficult to locate, with little to see or to enjoy. In Fathom Five Park there is a site called the Caves that is dove either from shore or by boat. The Caves are in reality a large Grotto with some areas open to the skies above. The Grotto was created over time by waves crashing into the limestone wall that lines the shore.
|Dive boat moored near the entrance to the "Caves"|
The entrance to the Caves is through a passage 6 metres underwater. It leads to an open area inside the cliff and there are short hidden passageways leading off from the Grotto. The visibility is always good. Recommended for all levels of diving experience, and snorkelers too.
It is a safe, picturesque dive, except on a hot summer’s day when people like to climb down to the edge of the caves and cannonball into the water!
WHERE: This a favourite second dive for visitors to the Fathom Five Park. The caves are east of Tobermory along the limestone cliffs that line the south shore of Georgian Bay. Divers and snorkelers can take a half hour hike from the Cyprus Lake campgrounds along a well-marked trail to the cavern, but most prefer visiting the site by boat.
|City of Sheboygan - photo Warren Lo|
|5 Finger Tug. Photo - National Parks Service, Isle Royale|
Henry Chisholm wreck. Diver examines the engine.
180ft down. Photo NPS, Isle Royale
|The Deck of Chisholm. 130 ft. Photo NPS Isle Royale|
The Chisholm is a two-fer! The remains of the wooden hull are scattered amongst the remains of another diveable shipwreck – the Passenger Steamer Cumberland. She sank in 1877 and her boiler and side-wheel rest in much shallower water nearby. Both the Chisholm and the Cumberland have the same