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Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

1. Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

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 is from Berthier-sur-Mer, on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. The cruise lasts about 45 minutes. You remain on the island for about 4 hours. The return trip to Berthier-sur-Mer is at a set time, and also lasts about 45 minutes.

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What people are saying about Isle-aux-Grues

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 365 reviews

We enjoyed the boat trip as well as the tour of Gross Island. We were split up into the two groups, English speakers and French speakers. There was a lot to take in. One warning: bring your own lunch! There is no restaurant in the island, but the tour does include a lunch break.

The cruise was very comfortable. Employees were polite and knowledgeable. The tour of Grosse Ile was exceptional. The quality of the guides and exhibits was excellent. I highly recommend the experience.

Our guide throughout the tour was really very good and passionate. (Érika) We also liked all the actresses. In short! A very nice day !

The animation of the captain on the boat is fun and dynamic. Guides and costumed characters know their history well.

The boat was fun and the guides were terrific. It was very well organized and very educational.