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Dive Review of 1000 Island Pleasure Diving/Brockville Best Western in
Canada/St. Lawrence River, Rockport

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, US
Top Contributor   (39 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4304
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Caribbean, Caymans, Cozumel, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Micronesia, Cocos, Galapagos, Socorro, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
73   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
The Rockport area of Ontario is beautiful. The term 1000 Islands is apt
due to the numerous islands in the St. Lawrence River. Many have houses
built on them; some houses take up almost the entire island. Owners build
little light houses, suspension bridges, boat garages, etc. that make the
properties uniquewe even saw the worlds shortest international bridge
(the same person owned one island in the U.S. and another, about 20 feet
away, in Canada). The famous Boldt Castle on Heart Island is where we went
through customs to dive a couple wrecks in the U.S. 

We based our diving with 1000 Island Pleasure Diving in Rockport. Wayne,
the owner, has four boats and was very accommodating, and his captains know
what theyre doing. The most convenient place to stay would have been
Cagiers, right at the dock, but since that, plus other nearby lodging, was
booked by the time we knew this trip was a go, we stayed at the Best
Western in Brockville, about 25 minutes away. Brockville, one of the oldest
cities in Ontario, has an active cultural schedule, some great restaurants,
terrific views, shore diving, and Canadas first train tunnel.

We made eight dives at 6 different sites in five days, including the
Keystorm, the J.B. King, and the Kinghorn. The highlight was diving the
wheel house, at a depth of 170 on the Roy A Jodrey, a 640 self unloader
cargo ship. The wreck begins at 150 and goes to 240.

This is a great area for technical diving and learning to do it. Dive
Technical Training Centre seems to be the center of all the action, with
instructors, classes, and all necessary equipment. It was like walking into
a tech divers candy store.

The St. Lawrence River is a great diving destination for several reasons.
Its an easy drive from many locations (eight hours from our house in
Pittsburgh), the water is clear due to the zebra mussels, weather is seldom
a factor, boat rides are relatively short, the water is in the mid 70s in
the summer, all skill levels can be accommodated, theres great support for
technical diving, and there are many other interesting things to do in the
area. The only possible negative might be the current, but its not a
problem if handled properly. 
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