Diving in Quebec
Quebec is a mainly French-speaking province on the east coast of Canada and is home to two main cities: Quebec City and Montreal. Quebec is surrounded by water with Hudson Bay to its north and west, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to the east, and the Saint Lawrence River running right through it’s middle. With all this water diving opportunities abound, especially in the Saint Lawrence River which was used for centuries as a shipping thoroughfare and is rich in historical shipwrecks, some of which date all the way back to the 1700’s! After exploring the historical rivers and thousands of freshwater lakes scattered around Quebec, you can enjoy the beautiful underwater cliffs, interesting landscape, and rich marine life of the saltwater areas in popular diving locations like les Îles-de-la-Madeleine or in Île Bonaventure’s protected marine belt, but bring your thickets wetsuit or, better yet, your dry suit as the water in these areas can fluctuate between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius (48-68 degrees F) depending on where you’re diving and the time of year. Quebec offers two international airports to choose from in both Quebec City and Montreal, with Montreal being the largest of the two offering direct flights daily to all over the world.
Dive Sites in Quebec
Aquatic Life in Quebec
The wildlife that can be found underwater in Quebec is as diverse as its diving. In the St. Lawrence River, you’ll see the zebra mussel in abundance. It may be an invasive species but it’s the reason the water is so incredibly clear. Herring, sturgeon, and salmon once dominated these waters but have been overfished and are now special encounters. Common fish seen include walleye, small and largemouth bass, muskie, northern pike, carp, and panfish. Diving in the much colder Hudson Bay will provide divers the opportunity to see common fish such as cod, halibut, salmon, and polar plaice but also more exciting marine mammals such as orcas (killer whales), walruses, dolphins, ringed seal, and possible sightings of bowhead whales, narwhals, and beluga whales.