This Ontario dive company offers snorkeling adventures and you can swim on a wreck

This Ontario river adventure will have you swimming in a hidden world.

You can dive above a shallow wreck in the Thousand Islands with Dive Brockville. This dive shop and travel agency offers many boat tours, dive tours, and personal watercraft rentals.

The snorkeling adventure is a great option for those who want to experience underwater worlds but are not certified divers.

You will pick up all the rentals (snorkel, mask, wetsuit and fins) at the dive shop and then board the Helen-C boat. The first stop is Molly’s Gut, a hidden river cove where you can snorkel over a shipwreck in calm waters.

You can clearly notice the two hulls of the ships and a propeller on the back. After this adventure, the boat trip will take you across the channel to the drift of Sparrow Island and you will come across another wreck.

The Lillie Parsons wreck is 50 feet below the surface, so you won’t get a full view of the sunken ship, but you will spot a huge anchor and chain leading below the surface.

You can also admire rock formations along the islands and snorkel in a shallow bay where you can look for fish.

The full excursion lasts approximately two hours and if you are not an advanced swimmer you can add a guide in the water at an additional cost. Tours run daily during the summer depending on boat availability and advanced booking is highly recommended.

Another option is to bring your rental gear to Centeen Memorial Sculpture Park, an underwater park filled with sunken sculptures that you can swim past. There are over 40 life-size statues to discover below the surface of the water.

Brockville Diving Adventure

Snorkeling above a wreck at Molly’s Gut on the St. Lawrence River.

Helen | Diving in Brockville

Price: $150 for a sculpture park guided tour, $175 for a two-hour wreck snorkel

When: June to September (until October if the water temperature is warm)

Address: 12 Water Street East, Brockville, ON

Why you need to go: You can live your best mermaid life with underwater adventures by snorkeling shipwrecks, hidden islands, or an underwater statue park.


Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart, and above all, be respectful on your adventure.

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