Dive site characteristics

Types Sea dive Shipwreck dive Deep dive Drift dive
Conditions Visibility more or less reduced Thermocline or cold water Strong current
Interests Sea stars Sea shells
Providers Parking Boat ramp Restaurant Swimming Picnic tables W.C. Bathroom
Planning Rescue in case of emergency Weather conditionsFerries scheduleRoad conditionsRoad maps

Diving notes

Source: Transport Canada - Transports Canada

On the aerial photo, you can see the port installations of Rimouski on the left and the old wharf at Pointe-au-Père à droite.

The dives are done from a boat. The dives are done in sea water, watch your buoyancy. Raise the weight on your weight belt accordingly.

There are strong tidal currents. The water tidal amplitude may reach 5m. The water current may surprise you and carry you. Be carefull. Don’t hesitate to prepare yourself long time before. Usa all the techniques of shipwreck diving and also redondancy, redundancy but above all your judgment!

From Ste-Luce-sur-Mer, the departures are from Pointe-au-Père or from Rimouski in order to reach the site which is marked with a buoy.

Entry points

Source: Société RAEQ

Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to go with someone who knows the site.

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Driving directions

Dive site since july 26th 2003.

Don’t get into trouble, make a reservation by calling (418) 739-5271 (excursion fee).
Bring your C-card: you must register in order to dive on the site.

From highway 20, follow the indications leading to Rimouski. Head up to Pointe-au-Père (Father Point). You must then continue until Ste-Luce-sur-Mer a couple of kilometers more. Please adjust the destination target with the help of your charter.

Touristic note: at Pointe-au-Père (Father Point) where you may visit the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père (Sea Museum) which presents an excellent exhibit about the RMS Empress of Ireland (the 3rd largest sea tragedy after those of the Titanic and the Lusitania ; some historical data can be read at PBS Online).

And also on the road or while returning, you may visit Musée maritime du Québec (Quebec Maritime Museum) located at L’Islet, a nice visit to do.

Did you know that...?

Source: RAEQ

The Nipigon is a Annapolis class warship of 366’ long and 42’ width. It was until recently the property of Canadian Navy. It has been on duty since december 10th 1961. It serves as an escort ship anti-submarines. It has been decommissionned and bought for the amount of nearly 210,000$ CAN by the RAEQ Society. It should be sink during the 2003 summer probably.

The abbreviation H.M.C.S signifies Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship. According to the Canadian marine tradition, the name of a river is given to a ship. Nipigon is the name of a river flowing from the lake Nipigon in Ontario.

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Centre de plongée du Bas St-Laurent  292, St-Germain est,
418 722-6232 air, nitrox, rental, charter
Centre hospitalier de Rimouski  150, av. Rouleau,
418 724-8554 health center
Marina de Rimouski  1, rue de la Marina,
418 723-0202 marina

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