Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

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Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

From $64.97 per person

Relive the experience of immigrants to Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries and tour the facilities of the quarantine station on Grosse Île, in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Admire views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago from the Mirador Trail.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the quarantine station where many immigrants entered Canada
  • Explore the Mirador Trail for views of Isle-aux-Grues archipelago
  • See the Celtic cross that stands in memory of the Irish immigrants who died on the island
Full description
On your day tour of Grosse Île you’ll meet period figures who will tell you about the daily lives of the immigrants and employees that resided in this quarantine station. Experience what the immigrants must have felt when they entered the disinfection building, and learn about medicine and immigration procedures here during the 19th and 20th centuries. You can choose to walk or hop on the tourist trolley to visit the central part of the island and the village where the quarantine station employees lived. Continue on to the hospital sector at the easternmost point of the island to visit the Lazaretto. Take a walk along the Mirador Trail and admire the views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, taking in the natural treasures that await you at every turn. Retrace the footsteps of the Irish immigrants or linger a while at the memorial and think about what they experienced as they arrived in Canada. Departure from Berthier-sur-Mer, on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. Cruise last about 45 minutes. You remain on the island for about 4 hours. Return trip to Berthier-sur-Mer is at a set time. Return trip is also about 45 minutes.
Includes
  • Guide
  • Local taxes and fees
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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      110 Rue de la Marina, Berthier-sur-Mer, Quebec G0R 1E0

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      • Boats depart on time, so please arrive at the ticket booth 30 minutes before departure.
      • The departure time may change at the end of August and may vary according to the tides and weather.
      • Rain Policy: Unless the weather presents a danger to the security of the passengers, cruises are not canceled due to rain. There is always an enclosed area on the boat.
      • Wheelchair policy: "Foldable" wheelchairs are OK, but unfortunately electric wheelchairs cannot be accepted as the ramps and stairs on the boats are too steep with the tides.
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      Overall rating

      4.8 / 5

      based on 66 reviews

      Review summary

      • Guide
        4.9/5
      • Transportation
        4.9/5
      • Value for money
        4.7/5
      • Safety
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      The visit was very interesting and informative. The only negative point is that we had been confirmed by phone that we could buy a lunch box at the boat's ticket office. I had also sent an email to Croisière Lachance to confirm everything, mentioning my 4 lunchbox choices. I haven't received any feedback from my email. It was when we arrived there that we were informed that there was no more ... We had to run to the grocery store because the boat was leaving in 25 minutes ...

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      July 24, 2020

      This was a wonderful trip! The boat ride was fun, the pilot had us in the wheel house to tell us about the cruise in English. Only a handful of us so I got to sit in his chair! The Canadian Park Service gave an outstanding tour of the island. Telling us history of the potato famine in Ireland, the immigrants, the quarantine station and how garments were disinfected, who the employees of the station were and much more. Our guide was wonderful and it was a most worthwhile activity when you visit Quebec!

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      August 31, 2019

      Very interesting to learn a little more about the history of Grosse Île. Very beautiful island.

      June 29, 2021

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