Brockville's Brand New Riverside Attraction for Divers and Shipwreck Fans!
Monday, 22 August 2016
Aquatarium Otter check out their dive tank!
It only makes sense that Dave Sheridan, diver, underwater sculptor and educational Programmer at Brockville’s Aquatarium, would use the word anchor when talking about the new riverside shipwreck museum and aquarium called the Aquatarium.
“ This is the city’s anchor attraction – not just for divers but for all tourists who have an interest in history, aquatic life and, of course, shipwrecks” said Dave Sheridan. “The new Aquatarium has the look and feel of the Thousand Island. Anyone who has taken a island tour will have seen the historic Bolt Castle - the Castle’s boat house is the architectural inspiration for what we have here.”
The $25-million, 27,000+ sq. ft attraction is a learning and discovery centre located on the waterfront in the heart of Brockville. There are fresh water fish filled aquariums, underwater shipwreck exhibitions interactive adventures and experiences that are meant to give visitors an appreciation of the unique history, culture and ecosystems of the 1,000 Islands region.
There is a lot to see inside the new waterfront attraction, of note for divers are:
· A “fish’s eye view” into the sunken Keystorm pilothouse. The Keystorm was a 258-foot cargo steamer built in Britain in 1909. She stands submerged in the St. Lawrence and is a popular diving destination. The Keystorm pilothouse has been carefully reconstructed inside the aquarium experience
· There is a new working dive tank and inside are the replica remains of the St. Lawrence River shipwreck the Sir Robert Peel, a Canadian steamboat that was seized and burned by real-life pirate Bill Johnston. Visitors get into the exhibition through a gaping hole in the bow of the Sir Robert Peel and explore the bowels of the pirated ship. Inside trained divers interact with guests from the depths of the wreck tank.
· This dive tank is fully equipped for dive certifications and other training, making it one of the most state-of-the-art dive attractions in the 1000 Islands. Dive classes are scheduled to start later this year.
Addresses of companies and attractions mentioned in the Brockville stories.
The Aquatarium is open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
6 Broad St.,
Brockville, Ontario K6V 4T7
Telephone: 613-342-6789 or Toll-free: 1-888-241-523
ABUCS / Dive Brockville Adventure Center
2 Water St. E. Brockville, ON K6V 1A1
Dive Tech Training Centre
1624 Hwy 2 East, Mallorytown, Ontario
K0E 1R0 Phone: (613) 923-1992
SOS 1,000 Islands Chapter – Brockville, ON