Beneath the Sweetwater Sea-Fathom Five National Marine Park

David R. Gilchrist
Introduction & Background
Freshwater
Published Articles
Beneath Arctic Waters
Beneath the Sweetwater Sea-Fathom Five National Marine Park
Haida Gwaii-Beneath the Waves
Ontario Marine Heritage Committee
Navy Hall Archaeological Investigation

Fathom Five

One of my favourite Ontario diving destinations, for as long as I have been diving, has been the cool,clear waters of Canada's first National Marine Park-Fathom Five. Since that first late night drive up that long, fog shrouded highway to stay at what was once the Davy Hotel , it is a trip that I have made many times.

It is not hard to understand the fascination of this unique area. At first the wrecks were an attraction, but the scenic beauty of the entire area , as well as the varied diving, continue to attract me. It has been especially exciting to intoduce both of my sons to this area. Growing up they witnessed their dad disappearing beneath the waters many times. Now they have both joined in the adventure.

In the early 1980's , my wife and I spent some time at the park concentrating on an underwater photography project. A selection of these images became my third exhibit of underwater photographs-BENEATH THE SWEETWATER SEA,FATHOM FIVE NATIONAL MARINE PARK. This set of photos, produced with the assistance of PARKS CANADA ,was exhibited at UNDERWATER CANADA, and several museums and galleries before being donated to the park. Several of the images remain on display at the Interpretive Centre and the Diver' Registration Office.

Twelve year old, Chris Gilchrist, at the bow of the schooner Sweepstakes in Big Tub Harbour, Tobermory. This photograph was taken on the Canada Day weekend 1992-125 years after the Sweepstakes was built in 1867 at Burlington.

Photo by David Gilchrist .(Copyright,1999)

                                               

David R. Gilchrist | Introduction & Background | Freshwater | Published Articles | Beneath Arctic Waters | Beneath the Sweetwater Sea-Fathom Five National Marine Park | Haida Gwaii-Beneath the Waves | Ontario Marine Heritage Committee | Navy Hall Archaeological Investigation

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Date Last Modified: 13/02/99