Sept 3 - 6 - Gananoque Houseboats (Ch - C)
Quick Info

Gananoque Houseboats

Date: September 3-6 - Friday to Monday 

Number of Divers: 8  "Big Blue" sleeps 8

Number of Dives:  6-7

Open spots as of July 29, 2021: 0 

Emergency Assistance Plan: click here

Diver Rating:  C
Cost: DM - $375; Divers - $550.00

Tanks needed: 4
Divemaster: Rick, Adirian

Boat Captains: Rick and Mike L



This is a very different and exciting dive trip from all others you will encounter. There are a few major benefits. First; we will control the pace at which we dive, the number of dives, the dive sites that we seldom visit, and get to sightsee and snorkel, as there are some beautiful homes and landscapes in the 1000 islands. We will relax, have fun, enjoy each other's company and set our own meal plan. As a group, we will arrange all the meals. More will be discussed at a group pre-dive meeting in mid-August. 

We take possession of the houseboat at Houseboat Holidays in Gananoque at 12 PM on Friday and return them by 9AM on Monday. The incredibly low price includes the boat rental, food from Friday supper to Monday breakfast, gas and insurance on the boats. These houseboats have 65HP motors and large gas tanks. This will enable us to dive on quite a few wrecks. We will drive downriver toward Brockville making a few dives on the way. It is 8 hours to Brockville but the trip will be broken up with diving, lunch, dinner, and an overnight stay in which we will anchor in a bay.

Meals: Will prepare our own meals. 

Tank fills yet to be confirmed;

1- By ABUCS at Rockport, on Saturday. Fills are $15 for air and $25 for Nitrox including delivery and tip for the driver. A member may be asked to accompany ABUCS driver to speed up the process

Diving at the Needles Eye Island if possible :

This a drift dive opposite the Lillie Parsons. We will enter up river from Needles Eye Island, drift for 20 to 25 minutes at 45+ feet. Divers will stay on the south side of the island and be picked up on the east side of island. This St Lawrence was widened and deepened by blasting the base of the island. You can see vertical lines from the dynamite used to break away the rock. 

Weather can change this plan.  On this trip, we plan to do the following dives: Hill Island drift, Kinghorn, Lillie Parsons, Daryaw, Robert Gaskin, Muscallonge. See the map from the Ontario Underwater Council.;    

   Friday, Sept 3rd - Start with 4 tanks. Bring your own lunch

* 11:30 - 12:30pm - divers to arrive and load items on the houseboats (distance measured is "as the crow flies")

* 12:30 -3:30 - Travel to Hill Island for a drift dive- 16km

* 3:30 - 5:30 - Dive on Hill Island (3 tanks left) 

* 5:30 - 7:30pm - Travel to a bay near Rockport and anchor. Eat supper (sunset 7:48pm) - 3km from Hill Island

* 7:30pm - 7:00am - Socialize. rehydrate and sleep. Possible kayak ride

      Saturday, September 4th

* 7:00am - 8:30 - Breakfast and travel to the wreck of the Kinghorn - 1km from bay

* 8:30am - 10:00pm - Dive on the Kinghorn (2 tanks left)

* 10:00 - 1:30 - Dock at Rockport. Meet ABUCS to have tanks filled. Have lunch. Gas up the boat. Pick up tanks after being filled

* 1:30 - 4:30 - Travel and dive on the Daryaw (3 tanks left) -  1.5 hours from Kinghorn

* 4:30 - 7:00 - Travel to Lily Parsons and dive - 4km from Daryaw (2 tanks left) WATCH SURFACE INTERVAL before diving Lilly P

* 7:00 - 7:30 - Travel to a bay to anchor near Brockville

* 7:30pm - 7:00am - Eat, Socialize. rehydrate and sleep. Possible kayak ride

    Sunday, Setember 5th

* 7:00 - 8:30am - Breakfast

* 8:30 - 10:00 - Travel to Robert Gaskin and dive - 1km from Bay (1 tank left)

* 10:00 - 11:30 - Travel to Muscullonge and dive - 2km from Robert Gaskin (0 tank left)

* 11:30 - 2:00 pm - Have lunch, get gas in Brockville, fill up 1-2 tanks

* 2:00 - dusk - Travel to Mulcaster Federal Park on the way to Houseboat Holidays - Time permitting we can do one more dive. Possibly a night dive

*7:30 pm - 7:00am -  Eat, Socialize. rehydrate and sleep

     Monday, August 7th

* 7:00 am - 9:00 Breakfast, travel to Houseboat Holidays - 2-hour trip


What you need to bring - A comprehensive list and who should bring the items will be sent to the divers:

  1. A-  Clothes for three days and as compact as possible. Pillows and bedsheets are NOT provided

  2. B-  Sweater and or Jacket as it is generally 4-8C cooler on the water compared to the shore

  3. C-  Rainwear

  4. D-  Binoculars and camera other than phone

  5. F-  Dive equipment, 4 tanks, 2 dive lights, extra batteries, dive repair kit, personal

    grooming supplies, towel

  6. G-  Your favorite snacks

  7. H-  There is an AM/FM radio on board but bring your own music

  8. I-  Deck of cards and other board games

  9. J-  Large clips to attach your wetsuits to the railing 

  10. K-  Bungee chords for your tanks 

  11. L-  Ice/beer/spirits and cooler

Directions: Take 401 east. Exit at #632. Head south on Joyceville Road. Make a left on Middle Road. Make a left on Hwy #2. Travel 5-7km. Look for Houseboat Holidays sign on the right. Turn right and make a quick right and follow the dirt road to the parking area.  Unload all your equipment onto the boat.