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Grosse Ile

Hwy 20 East | (Exit 364 or 378), Quebec G0R 1E0, Canada
1 418 248 8888; 1 800 463 69769
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Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Cultural
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Owner description: This island historically served as a quarantine station for 19th-century European immigrants, and is presently a museum documenting their plight.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Queens, New York
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My wife and I visited Grosse Ile during the last week in July (2014) and found it to be an excellent trip that was exceptionally presented by the French Canadian Parc Department. The staff on the Island was extremely knowledgeable and fluent in the history of the island and the misery of those who past through the island. I totally... More

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Peterborough, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Our visit was very interesting especially for history buffs, but it is quite a little investment with the boat over. I'm sure the upkeep is expensive so it's probably reasonable but we really debated whether it was worth it. In the end we're glad we went. This is a really important piece of history that is skimmed over at best... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Tour very well done and interesting. Guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Good weather helped too.

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Montreal, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Very interesting story on the arrival of Irish immigrants. Very will presented and narrated. Must see.

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

A very moving experience that was brought to life by Pierre Loop (Peter the Wolf as he introduced himself to us). Pierre was passionate about this island and was familiar with all aspects of its history. This made the difference to our tour and to those attending. The history of the island and how the Irish were humanely treated after... More

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St. Catharines, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Brilliant. We were verry moved with the Irish memorial. We felt that the quarantied immigrants were basically well treated. Those who died there were very beautifully memoriallized. Congratulations to Parks Canada staff.

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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

This is one of the most interesting places we visited in Canada, and certainly the most interesting in Quebec. It was a very moving experience to visit and hear the story of the Irish who passed through this island trying for a better life. Sad how many died. Canada did their best for them.

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Ottawa, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The island is a Federal Park that is usually visited with an official guide. During a typical visit you will encounter actors playing real historic characters. You must take a boat to get to the island, from Berthier-sur-Mer near Montmagny or from Quebec City. As the official website warns you, it is likely you will be moved by the story... More

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Toronto, Ontario
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32 reviews 32 reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2011

I'll disagree with the previous review that noted that this is a "must see" attraction. To be fair, Parks Canada is doing a great job trying to educate the public about the island and history of immigration for the Irish into the Port of Quebec. Our guide was helpful, knowledgeable and friendly and took time to explain the buildings and... More

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Gainesville, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2010

This is the quarentine site for European immigrants from 832 up to 1932. The park service runs and maintains the many buildings on the site and excellent guides provide commentary mostly on the early years of the Irish immigration wave and the disasterous year of 1847 when thousands died of Typhus.

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