1. EXPERIENCE A CRUISE ON THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER
Be like the immigrants of the time and arrive at Grosse-Île by boat. Renowned for their extraordinary storytelling talents, the captains of Croisières Lachance will enthusiastically share stories and facts about the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago and maritime life.
2. PASS THE MEDICAL INSPECTION
With Nurse Sarah Wade, first go through the mandatory medical inspection for all newcomers to the island. Then, you will have the opportunity to visit the disinfection building and discover the scientific advancements made at the end of the 19th century.
3. VISIT THE VILLAGE BY TROLLEY
Aboard the trolley, discover period buildings and artifacts, such as the Catholic Chapel and the horse-drawn ambulance, in a mosaic of inspiring landscapes.
4. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN VILLAGE LIFE
Meet witnesses of the past and let yourself become immersed in the daily lives of the station’s inhabitants and staff while listening to interesting and sometimes funny anecdotes.
5. EXPLORE THE LAZARETO AND THE MYSTERIOUS RED ROOM
Walk in the footsteps of the Irish in one of the oldest buildings on the island, now a hospital, and hear about the care provided to the sick. You will notice the still visible presence of their passage on the island.
6. SEARCH FOR THE NAMES OF YOUR ANCESTORS ON THE MEMORIAL
Do you have ancestors who passed through Grosse-Île? If so, look for their names on the memorial and you will immediately feel connected to their moving story. Between 1832 and 1937, several thousand Irish people lost their lives in the typhus epidemic.
7. ADMIRE THE CELTIC CROSS AND THE VIEW OF THE RIVER
Discover the landscapes of the St. Lawrence Estuary in the shadow of the majestic monument dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Irish tragedy of 1847.
8. TAKE UP THE GROSSE-ÎLE CHALLENGE
Discover Grosse-Île in a fun way with family and friends. Guaranteed fun for all generations! In addition to exploring the quarantine station’s must-sees with Parks Canada guides, follow the traces of the past and take on team challenges.
9. DISCOVER GROSSE-ÎLE BY BIKE
Travel the island at your own pace and cycle from station to station to discover the must-sees, history and natural environment of Grosse-Île. During your audio-guided tour, you will also meet Parks Canada characters and guides.