new in 2020 : whales and GROSSE ÎLE package
Enjoy our two best nature cruises at a small price!
(Save $ 44.99 before taxes per adult)
While in Rivière-du-Loup, discover the best kept secret in the Province of Quebec! Encounter the whales in the heart of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, the most beautiful whale-watching site in the world! Aboard the AML Levant, our passionate naturalist guide will introduce you to the history of the region, the islands, the river and the many marine mammals that live there.
The next day, stop in Berthier-sur-Mer and embark on a cruise to Grosse-Île! The Lachance Captains will take you to this island shrouded in mystery and inaccessible for decades. Once you reach your destination, Parks Canada guides will accompany you on this truly immersive experience where several historical figures will introduce you to what was once a human quarantine station to counter epidemics and a transition point for four million immigrants.
From 1832 to 1937, Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic site served as a quarantine station for the Port of Québec, the main getaway for immigrants into Canada. This island witnessed momentous events, such as the typhus epidemic, which claimed the lives of thousands of Irish immigrants in 1847. Meet many period figures who will tell you about the daily lives of the employees and immigrants residing in the quarantine station. Experience what the immigrants felt when they entered the disinfection building and learn about medicine and immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries. Walk or hop on the tourist trolley to the central part of the island to visit the village where the quarantine station employees lived. Continue your tour toward the hospital sector on the island's most eastern point to visit the Lazaretto, which bore witness to the tragic events of 1847.
Like Ellis Island, Grosse-Ile was the main gateway in Canada for Irish immigrants.