Follow up a relaxing cruise by immersing yourself in the life of the immigrants of Grosse-Île, an old quarantine station. Hotels, chapels and even a lazaretto - you'll find a number of period buildings meticulously restored by Parks Canada artisans. Gain access to unique experiences, like going through a medical inspection or getting your disinfection certificate after a rather particular shower. And who knows, you might even find the names of your ancestors on the Irish Memorial...
Les Croisières Lachance
Live an unparalleled experience with the Lachance Captains and their cruise and visit of Grosse Île. With their passion for boats, the St. Lawrence and its history, they'll help you discover the mysteries of the river where they grew up!
Cruises leave from the Berthier-sur-Mer Marina . Upon arrival, make use of the free parking located close to the loading dock. You'll then be invited to head to the Croisières Lachance ticket booth to get your boarding tickets. If you arrive with enough time before your departure, feast your eyes on the magnificent view of the river and use the time to stroll around the Havre de Berthier-sur-Mer site or to indulge in a good meal at the Café du Havre, on the waterfront and close to the loading dock. When the time comes, make your way to the gangway where one of the Lachance Captains will greet you and let you take your place aboard the boat. All that's left to do is to sit back and let yourself be rocked by the sea and our captains' stories.
Grosse-Ile and the irish memorial national historic site
More than 7,000 deceased immigrants, one of the highest Celtic crosses in the world, 600 species of vegetation, bichloride of mercury shower baths, two chapels, 600-year-old trees, a first-class hotel, one of the largest bat colonies in Canada, a nurse and a quarantine officer, whitetail deer... all this in the middle of the St. Lawrence River? Come aboard for a magnificent cruise and discover Grosse-Île! Learn more...
Discover the Xplorer program, experience and have fun!
When you arrive on the island, your children (6 to 10 years) will receive an Xplorers booklet filled with fun activities that will guide their discovery of the site. Observations, questions and interactions with park staff give a chance for kids and parents alike to see a different side of the Park. When the kids have completed the requested number of activities they will be recognized as an official Parks Canada Xplorer with a certificate and a special collectible souvenir!
Take a ride on the tourist trolley!
The tourist trolley visits the village of the employees of the quarantine station as well as the hospital sector. During this 75-minute tour, you'll have the opportunity to visit buildings such as the Catholic and Anglican chapels, as well as meeting interpreters in period costume. At the extreme east end of the island, visit the lazarro, the last architectural vestige from the year 1847. This old hospital contains an exhibition on the passage of Irish immigrant, including a number of artifacts unearthed during archeological digs. This sector can also be visit on foot, either alone or accompanied by a guide.
what is there to eat on the island? Can i bring my own lunch?
No restaurant are available on the island. You can bring your own lunch and enjoy the picnic areas set up close to this service. This building also houses an indoor rest stop and washrooms.
Looking for a meal with a local flavour? Discover our gourmet section!
Available hiking paths: their description (length, attractions to visit, lookouts, specific features of each path, services along the path)
Take a nature walk along the Mirador Trail, at the heart of a unique ecosystem between river and mountain. You'll see a combination forests, marshes and hills. According to the season, you'll also observe a large number of migrating birds. Located in the north-west sector of the island, this 2.5 km hiking path also offers three lookouts for admiring the views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago and Cap Tourmente. You'll need to count about 90 minutes to complete this intermediate level walk. Why not take a break for lunch along the way?