Thematic tours

Thematic tours

New for 2018

These activites will be offered from June 23rd to September 3rd, 2018. 

This year, take advantage of our new thematic tours to further enhance your experience. You have Irish roots? Do you wonder how the employees lived on the island? Are you a nature enthusiast? You want to learn about the history of the quarantine station, the immigrants and the villagers? On immigration to Canada? Or on the history of scientific evolution at  Grosse-Ile ? Choose from the following six options:

Grosse-Île - L'Irlande en héritage

irish heritage

Duration : 4 hours
Perfect for : genealogy enthusiasts and visitors of Irish descent.

This tour explores the theme of Irish immigration. At the first stop, you’ll learn about the history of Grosse Île and the quarantine station, as well as why it was created and developed. At the cemetery in the western sector, the 1847 station will reveal the extent of this terrible tragedy that marked the island’s history. Pause to reflect at the Memorial, then follow the trail to the Celtic cross before heading to the first-class hotel for a talk and workshop on the physical, cultural and genetic legacy of Irish immigrants on the island. The next stop is the lazaretto, the oldest medical building on the island and the only witness to the 1847 tragedy. You can touch the vestiges from this period and meet a member of the hospital staff. The tour will end at the disinfection building where Nurse Sarah Wade will give you a medical examination—an experience you’ll never forget.

 

Grosse-Île - Des croyances à la science

From beliefs to science

Duration : 4 hours
Perfect for : history and science enthusiasts.

Learn more about scientific developments at Grosse Île’s quarantine station, and find out how improvised medicine gave way to efficiency and modernity as new discoveries were made. Nurse Sarah Wade will be waiting for you in the disinfection building to give you a medical examination. Visit the old wash house and meet Dr. Frédérick Montizambert, the station’s superintendent, who will recount his achievements and the highlights of his career. At the lazaretto, you can touch vestiges from the 1847 tragedy and meet a member of the hospital staff. Your tour will end in the village after a meeting with none other than Pit Masson, a carter and ambulance driver, who will tell fascinating stories about life on the island.

Grosse-Île - La vie à Saint-Luc-de-Grosse-Île

liFe in saint-Luc-de-grosse-Île

Duration : 4 hours
Perfect for : families with children and visitors keen to see costumed interpreters and explore cultural history.

This tour is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the daily lives of the villagers who shaped the station’s history. As well as learning about the quarantine station, you’ll meet various important people, who will take turns sharing their stories. Miss Rousseau will teach school, Rev. Paré will preach at the Catholic chapel and carter and ambulance driver Pit Masson will tell fascinating stories about his life on the island. At the disinfection building, Nurse Sarah Wade will give you a medical examination—an experience you’ll never forget. The tour ends at the first-class hotel where immigrants, who were first- and third-class travellers, will share their stories and describe the conditions of their detention on the quarantine island.

Grosse-Île - Un million d'histoires

a Million stories

Duration : 4 hours
Perfect for : young adults and families, for visitors keen to see costumed interpreters and have an emotional experience, and for school groups.

On this tour, you’ll learn more about immigration to Canada. The quarantine station on Grosse Île was a mandatory stopping point for immigrants coming into the country via the Port of Québec. Immigrants of nearly 40 different nationalities set foot in the station during its 105 years in operation. You’ll start by finding out about its history and development. Then, at the cemetery in the western sector, the 1847 station will reveal the extent of the Irish tragedy, one of the most significant episodes in the history of Grosse Île. At the next stop, the first-class hotel, you’ll meet immigrants Miss Brown or Mr. Igor, two first- and third-class travellers, who will share their stories and describe the conditions of their detention on the island. At the disinfection building, Nurse Sarah Wade will give you a medical examination—an experience you’ll never forget. The tour will end at the old wash house where Dr. Frédérick Montizambert, the station’s superintendent, will recount his achievements and the highlights of his career.

Grosse-Île - Souvenirs de Grosse-Île

Memories of Grosse Île

Duration : 4 hours
Perfect for : visitors interested in history and keen to see costumed interpreters.

This tour provides a historical overview of the quarantine station, immigrants and villagers. At the disinfection building, Nurse Sarah Wade will give you a medical examination—an experience you’ll never forget. At the next stop, you’ll learn about the history of Grosse Île and the quarantine station, as well as why it was created and developed. Upon arrival at Saint‑de‑Grosse‑Île village, you’ll meet Rev. Paré at the Catholic Chapel and Miss Rousseau, the schoolteacher, who will describe their daily lives and share their stories. Your tour will end at the lazaretto, the island’s oldest medical building and the only witness to the 1847 tragedy. Here, you can touch the vestiges of the time and meet a member of the hospital staff.

Grosse-Île - L'autre nature de Grosse-Île

Natural landscape of Grosse Île

Duration: 4 hours
Perfect for : nature, outdoor and forest hiking enthusiasts.

This tour takes you on a 7-km hike that starts with a guide recounting the history of Grosse Île. You’ll also learn about the quarantine station and why it was created and developed. You can then explore various intermediate trails on your own and enjoy the awe-inspiring landscape, variety of plants and magnificent views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago. Walk down the Western Sector Trail at your leisure and come across the Irish cemetery, the Celtic cross and the hotel. Discover the northern sector by following the Mirador Trail (2.5 km), then take the path from Saint‑Luc‑de‑Grosse‑Île village to the hospital sector. On your way back, take Lovers’ Trail.