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Diving in Les Escoumins is considered by many divers to be a must for saltwater diving in Quebec. The fauna and flora, typical of the North Shore, are rich and very diverse. A few hours drive from Quebec, you will discover an underwater arctic flora and fauna such as you would find in Nunavut, Nunavik or the Northwest Territories. So why go anywhere else? It's warmer and more accessible to come to Les Escoumins! In addition, we offer you everything you need to dive.

Be careful, however: diving in Les Escoumins is usually in cold water. The water temperature varies between 0 oC and 8 oC. In good conditions, visibility can reach 50 ft (15 m).

Dives usually last around 30 minutes. Divers are frequently dressed in a drysuit. Those who dive in a wetsuit use clothing that is 14mm thick, with a double layer of the upper body. Hood, boots and gloves are required.

 
 

Baie des Anémones

Located in Anse-à-Robitaille, just outside of the changing rooms, Baie des Anémones is the site furthest to the left. You must follow the landscaped path that leads to a small rocky hill to access the water.

The site is in a calm bay facing northeast, mostly sheltered from waves (prevailing southwest winds) and currents. The rocky bottom covered with pink algae is densely populated with anemones and sea urchins.

A long mooring cable indicates the exit point. In order to protect it from winter ice, we made it stop at a depth of 5 m. It is therefore an excellent benchmark for your decompression stop.

 
 

Crique Ouest

Crique Ouest is located completely to the right at the bottom of the Marine Environment Discovery Centre. A short walk on the rocks will lead you to a cement staircase that enters the water.

A long mooring cable indicates the exit point. In order to protect it from winter ice, we made it stop at a depth of 5 m. So this is an excellent benchmark for your decompression stop.

 
 

Crique Est

Tight at the foot of the Marine Environment Discovery Centre, walkways and wooden stairs will lead you to a cement staircase that enters the water. This site is quite busy. It is therefore necessary to be extra vigilant in order not to touch the bottom, already subject to a strong presence of divers.

A long mooring cable indicates the exit point. In order to protect it from winter ice, we made it stop at a depth of 5 m. So this is an excellent benchmark for your decompression stop.