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Diving at the dive sites in Lake Ontario near Toronto and Prince Edward County

Name Dive Site:Lake Ontario
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Diving Lake Ontario is, as all other Great Lakes are, famous for its shipwrecks. Literally more than thousands of ships went down to the bottom in the past 200 years. With cities such as Rochester, Kingston, Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton along its shore, this lake boosts with life and water activities. Diving here is cold with average water temperatures between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius, which definitely require thick wetsuits or dry suits.

Lake Ontario is the smallest of the Great Lakes bounded by the Canadian province of Ontario to the North and the state of New York on its southern USA side. The name of the lake is believed to be Huron and means 'Great Lake'. She is approximately 300 kilometres long, 80 kilometres wide and has an average depth of almost 100 meters. Because of its depth it is a lake that has only been fully frozen twice during winter in the past two centuries. Different climates add another charm to this area. Moisture above the lake creates a perfect winter sport location in the south eastern regions near Tug Hill. While the river between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie have resulted in the famous Niagara waterfalls. Autumn is spectacular as trees change their colours to all the reds, browns and yellows you can imagine. With beautiful Toronto at its lakeside you have a great boulevard, some spectacular beaches and all the entertainment you can think of.

Lake Ontario has several regions which have responded well to diving tourism. Area's such as Prince Edward County and Kingston are well equipped with dive shops, equipment shops and it shouldn't be hard to find boats that bring you to the place of your likings.

  • Prince Edward County, a small peninsula connected by several waterways to mainland Ontario. Most of the shipwrecks lie near Prince Edward Point in between Main Duck Island and Point Traverse. But also the numerous sandbanks have made this region one full of wrecks and not one too forget quickly.
  • Kingston, at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River and Lake Ontario has several famous wrecks such as the George A. Marsh and the Wolfe Islander II.
Other area's with many wrecks lie near Rochester and Toronto but there are ships to be found everywhere along its shores.

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