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.