Faites de la plongée au coeur des villages engloutis
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The 1000 Islands Region is renowned as being one of world’s best fresh-water shipwreck diving destinations. Ivy Lea Campground located on the 1000 Islands Parkway on the shores of the St. Lawrence River offers a great overnight home base while in the region. There’s great drift diving off Ivy Lea where you can do a wall dive which drops to depths of approximately 200 feet. During the dive you are sure to encounter a wide variety of marine life.
Along the Long Sault Parkway located just an hour west of Montreal is Lock 21, known as one of Canada’s best shore dives off Macdonell Island. Here you will see remnants of the Lost Villages including house foundations, bridges and more. These Villages were flooded to make way for the International Seaway and Power Dam project of 1958. Signs of the ghostly communities still remain on the islands as the former highway #2 is seen to appear out of the shoreline waters to traverse Macdonell Island only to return to the waters on the far shore. Just off the same island is Lock 21, one of the 23 locks of the original canal system, it sits under 30 feet of water; a scuba diver's dream. A short boat ride away and you can see the Mille Roches Powerhouse just off Guindon Park. The Powerhouse is the remnants of a building that was torn down in the late 1950s for the St. Lawrence Seaway & Power Generation project. Gates, generators, turbines and aquaducts were left intact and can be explored.
A dive at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary off the east side of the group camping area gives you the chance to explore Lock 22 which is over 200 feet in length and is 45 feet wide. Travel just five minutes west to Crysler Park Marina and you can boat out approximately 1 km (3/4 mile) and you can dive the shipwreck of the Eastcliffe Hall a steel freighter that sank in 1970 after hitting a shoal.