As temperatures drop in Quebec, many of us are dreaming of hopping on a plane and landing in a tropical paradise like the Caribbean — sparkling blue waters, white-sand beaches, lots of sunshine and the promise of adventure, like a scuba diving excursion. \nSince COVID-19 is making international travel harder, we'll fill you in on a local secret. There's a place nicknamed "The Caribbean Of The North" because of its clear waters and it's only two hours by car from Montreal: Brockville, Ontario.\n\n\n\nEditor's Choice: People In Asbestos, Quebec Hated The New Name Options So Much, The City Is Starting Over\n\n\n\nIt's surprising how many Canadians are ignorant to the beauty — and even existence — of Brockville, which is located in the 1000 Islands region. \n\nLike Montreal, Brockville sits along the St. Lawrence River. However, the river meets Lake Ontario around Brockville, which results in warmer waters.\n View this post on Instagram Brockville light house, blue sky, and blue water after tons of thunderstorm warnings. There is light at the end... _ _ #discoveron #imagesofcanada #ottawatourism #parksofcanada #1000islands #brockville #brockvilleontario #instagram #igdaily #igers #igerscanada #ig_nature_naturally #harbour #canadasworld #canada #ontarioforyou #ontariotourism #summer2020 #blueinmyframe #huaweiphotography #photooftheday #phonephotography #huaweip20pro #huaweiphoto #huawei #phoneographic #mobilephotography #lighthouse A post shared by Hima Bhatt (@hi.bhatt) on Aug 13, 2020 at 2:03pm PDT\n\nBelow the water, lie dozens of shipwrecks waiting to be explored because of the St. Lawrence River's history as a major shipping route.\nThe ships range from wooden schooners to 1800s warships to modern-day freighters, according to Dive Brockville Adventure Centre.\nOne of the ships, the Muscallonge, was travelling from Montreal to Port Credit when it caught fire before sinking.\nIt was the biggest tugboat on the river at the time — 1936 — and is now one of the most popular sites for the local fish population, according to the Dive Brockville webpage, which makes it a popular site amongst divers, too.\n\nThe wrecks are another reason for the Caribbean comparison.\nRemember Pirates of the Caribbean?\nThough the movie was fictional, the Caribbean was at the centre of the "The Golden Age of Piracy," leading to tons of Caribbean shipwrecks divers love.\n\nIn Brockville, there's also the Centeen Memorial Dive Park, which is essentially an underwater art exhibit with over 45 statues — some of which are life-sized. \n View this post on Instagram Centeen Park, Ontario A post shared by Alexandre (@alexandre_d._lyonnais) on Sep 22, 2019 at 4:07am PDT\n\nBetween the clear, warmer waters, the wrecks and the underwater attractions, Brockville has gained a reputation as being one of the best freshwater diving spots in the world. \n View this post on Instagram Another cold day diving with -4C temperatures. The water was a balmy 4C! After a 20min swim out to the Robert Gaskin, we had a little look around before heading back to shore. The Robert Gaskin sunk 3 times before they decided to leave it at the bottom. It is now a popular dive site in Brockville, mostly visited by boat as it is a long swim out to it. #robertgaskinwreck #wreckdiving #tdidivers #techdiving #coldwaterdiving #plongeursquébec #winterdiving #freshwaterdiving #freshwaterwreck #sditdi #suuntodive #baresports #santidiving #sonyrx100ii #uwcameras #wideanglephotography #underwaterphotography #scubaphotography #scubadiving #diverslife A post shared by Daniela Menegon (@daniela.menegon) on Dec 13, 2018 at 9:00pm PST\n\nAdmittedly, Brockville feels most Caribbean when diving. And it's not immune to the Canadian climate. \nBut regardless of whether you dive, it still makes for a lovely weekend getaway.\n\nYou can always just go for a swim and enjoy the water that way. Or take in the views from a hike or a park.\n View this post on Instagram I miss these early mornings ✨ & not always, I promise I do enjoy a good sleep-in surrounded by the fluffiest blankets & black our curtains *sigh* 😂I mean: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Getting up early with friends • talking about the different ways we snuck out of the house hoping our kids were still asleep • rolling out our mats on the cool, damp & sometimes sandy dock • waving to our early fishermen friends headed out on their boats • laughing as the seagulls and geese honked incessantly at each other during our morning meditation • chatting about our days, to do lists & how we couldn’t wait for our next sunrise practice together ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ••• ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This particular moment was captured as I was joking about capturing the sunrise during our practice & of course the girls got it on camera 😅🤷🏽♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you have a space where it feels so good just to connect with friends, laugh & do things that feel good for the soul? If so let me know, I’m looking for somewhere to connect like this in the cooler months 🍃🍁🍂 A post shared by 𝚂𝚝𝚎𝚙𝚑 | 𝙼𝚊𝚖𝚊 𝚈𝚘𝚐𝚊 𝙸𝚗𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚞𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚛 (@oceansoulyoga) on Sep 17, 2020 at 6:11am PDT\n\nThere's also plenty to explore on dry land, as the town itself is so picturesque. \n View this post on Instagram Brockville #brockville #brockvilleontario #easternontario #saintlawrenceseaway #saintlawrenceriver #canada #travelthroughtheworld A post shared by Scott Cisco (@gypsycisco) on Sep 15, 2020 at 9:37am PDT\nIf you want a taste of Caribbean waters, without stepping foot on an airplane, Brockville's a great choice for your next vacation. Go before the weather gets cold — or even after.\nDive Brockville Adventure Centre told MTL Blog via Facebook that, weather permitting, they run dives until November or December. \n\n\nBrockville\nWhen: Before December\nWhere: Eastern Ontario in the Thousand Islands region\nWhy You Need To Go: Caribbean-esque water makes for world-renowned scuba diving and picture-perfect views\nWebsite\n\n\n\n\nBefore you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.