Fathom Five

Fathom Five

Explore real shipwrecks at Fathom Five National Marine Park. Clear, clean water, submerged geological formations (cliffs, caves, overhangs) and more than 20 historical shipwrecks offer amazing adventures to even the rookie snorkeller.

Activities

Snorkeling

Swim like the fishes as you skim along the surface of Georgian Bay looking for shipwrecks and amazing underwater life. Snorkeling is the easiest way to dip into the magical world beneath the water. There are 22 shipwrecks in the marine park, some quite close to shore. Not only that but there are fascinating underwater geological formations to amaze you.

Check in at the Diver Registration office to find out where the best snorkeling spots are. The water can take a long time to warm up, depending on the weather during the summer. Be prepared and always take time to warm yourself between your dips in the lake.

How much time will I need?

  • 2-3 hours

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • It is recommended that you wear a wetsuit because the water can get chilly. Make sure to bring your snorkel, mask, and fins. If you don't own any equipment you can rent from one of the 3 dive shops in the area for a fee.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes, but there will be a cost if you need to rent equipment.

When's the best time to do this?

  • Daytime in July or August

Explore Shipwrecks on a Glass Bottom Boat

If it's too cold to swim, you can always take a 2 hour tour on the Great Blue Heron glass bottom boat. It's almost like being in the water as the boat glides over shipwrecks and shoals. There's a lot to see under the water and more to see on the shore.

There are many, many islands in the marine park, each with different plants and animals to see. Some islands have red squirrels, others have rattlesnakes. Some even have bears. You'll coast through narrow channels with rocks on either side. One of the highlights of the trip is a visit to Flowerpot Island. When you see the rock formations you'll know why they're called "flower pots".

How much time will I need?

  • 2-3 hours

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • Make sure to bring food, water, warm clothing and a camera.

Is this activity free?

  • No, you will have to pay to go out on the tour boat.

When's the best time to do this?

  • The boats run from May to the end of August, weather permitting.

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