Parc Atlas / Atlas Park
145, rue de la Gare
8AM - 8PM, MON-SUN
8AM - 8PM, WED-SUN
Closed Monday, Tuesday
Located near the Bay of Chaleur, Atlas Park is the only PADI Recreational Dive Facility in Atlantic Canada! The park is located in the Village of Pointe-Verte, and is built around a flooded rock quarry which is now a recreational lake for several activities including SCUBA diving. Pointe-Verte is a small fishing village located in the region. Atlas Park is supported by on-site diver services including rental equipment, training and "discover diving" experiences, retail store, air and nitrox fills. The park is open during the day through the Summer, and is available for ice diving (and ice fishing!) in the Winter. The facility requires divers to register and pay a small daily fee to access ($15CDN day). The facility includes a lunch/snack bar, cafeteria type seating, washrooms, showers, lockers, and a retail/gift shop. The building has entertainment areas (outside and inside) which can be reserved for special events.
All divers must be certified open water divers with a certification from a major SCUBA agency such as PADI, SDI, NAUI, SSI, etc) OR be with a certified instructor for training.
Minors require legal parent or guardian signature.
Please review the park policies here.
Getting to Atlas Park is easy, follow NB Route 11 to Bathurst and continue approximately another 20min on Route 11. Take the exit to Pointe-Verte (Rue de la Gare), turn right on Rue de la Gare and continue for 4.6km. The entrance to Atlas Park is on the right with large signage by the road.
The visibility in the rock quarry is usually excellent, due to the spring-fed water in the quarry. The bottom is rocky and silty, and the lake is stocked with trout for recreational fishing. This would make fishing line a hazard diving in the lake! The depth of the quarry extends down to 80ft, and there are a few items like sunken boats for divers to navigate. This is an excellent site for diver training, and for divers practicing skills.
AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURE CHART
Note: Divers can expect to encounter one or two thermoclines, depending on the depth of their dives
Ice cover can be expected from November - April, sometimes into early May
Atlas Park is the ideal location to receive an open water Discover Scuba course, to receive your basic Open Water level certification or Rescue Diver certification, and to receive specialty training such as Sidemount Diver, Introduction to Technical Diving.
The lake is well protected from weather as it is surrounded by trees, dive training is never blown out as can sometimes happen with ocean diving.
A training platform is located at a depth of 15ft directly in front of the main building. On the building side of the lake, the quarry bottom is about 20ft deep which is also where a small fishing boat sits near the training platform. The lake drops quickly to a depth of 40ft and slopes gradually to a max depth of 80ft which can be found on the eastern end of the lake.
A floating platform is available for deep water entries, or entry can be made from the shore. A second fishing boat has been sunk in the eastern area of the lake at a depth of approximately 80ft.
2017 TRAINING CALENDAR
|ICE DIVER COURSE||17-19|
|EVENT - DIVE SOCIAL & BBQ||13|
OPEN WATER COURSE -
|SIDEMOUNT DIVER COURSE||3-4|
|INTRO TO TECH DIVING||22-24||21-23|
|DISCOVER DIVING||25||9, 23||6|
|EVENT - UNDERWATER PUMPKIN CARVING||22|
|GO PRO - DIVEMASTER INFO SEMINAR||29|
Contact us to register for any of these courses. Training is available in French and English.
Outside dive shops and dive instructors are welcome to bring students to Atlas Park, please review the park policies here.
Atlas park is pleased to offer the following services for divers (all prices include HST):
Air Fills up to 100cuft - $10, over 100cuft - $15
Nitrox Fills (22-40%) up to 100cuft- $15, over 100cuft - $20
Note: Nitrox fills require a minimum of 48 hours notice
Annual Visual Inspection - $18
5-year Hydrostatic Testing - $45 (requires tanks to be dropped off, allow 2 weeks for return)
EQUIPMENT RENTAL (DAILY RATE)
|Exposure suit including hood and gloves||$25|
|AL-80 Tank w/Air||$15|
|Regulator with depth gauge and compass||$20|
Atlas Park is open to events over the Winter, including a favourite local specialty.. diving under the ice! Not qualified to ice dive? No problem, COJO Diving runs Ice Diver training each March for certified divers (note: divers must be minimum Advanced Open Water certification to take the training). Divers not ready to commit to the full ice training may choose to participate on a Discover Ice Dive with one of the COJO Ice Diver instructors.