Fathom Five National Marine Park

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Fathom Five National Park is currently Ontario's only underwater park. If Killarney park is known as the Crown Jewel of Ontario parks, Fathom Five must certainly be the crown jewel-underwater.

Perched on the spine of the Niagara Escarpment as it plunges below the lake to surface again on the shores of Manitoulin Island, this is a region of stunning beauty above and below the waterline.






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The entire Peninsula offers diving, but the tip has a concentration of wrecks and general dive sites, plus all the support services to make diving easy.

At the end of the sole highway that leads to the Peninsula, a fleet of charter boats waits to indulge your every exploratory wish. Or, if you wish to continue you journey over the horizon, board the ferry to Manitoulin Island to dive Georgian Bays northeastern shore.

These waters proved as treacherous as they are dangerous. The list below chronicles the diveable wrecks within the park boundaries. There are many more beyond.







Shipwrecks within Fathom Five Park

Wreck Year Built Length (ft.) Depth (ft.) Special Feature
Arabia 1853 131 120 Very deep
Avalon Voyageur II 1946 135 15 Engine
Alice G. <1927 67 20 Shore
Bob Foote <1905 60 20-25 Shore
Charles Minch 1867 154 25-50 incline
City of Grand Rapids 1879 122 10 Mechanism
Forest City 1870 216 60-150 Very Deep!
James King 1867 175 20-95 Steep incline
John & Alex 1924 59 20 Shore
John Walters 1852 108 5 Fish
Lady Dufferin 1886 135 40-100 scattered
Marion Breck 1840 127 75 broken up
Newaygo 1890 196 15-25 Keel
Philo Scoville 1863 139 55-95 Bow
Robert K. 1917 68 10-15 Shore
Sweepstakes 1867 120 20 Picture Perfect
Wetmore 1870 214 25 Boilers

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