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Small island, big heart

I have to admit that when my husband first mentioned going to Grosse Ile--a quarantine station in... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2017
Mar J
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Bancroft, Canada
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A fantastic stop into history

I left for Grosse-Ile from the Montmagny area, and it was a lovely half-hour cruise to get there... read more

Reviewed July 18, 2017
Giannifox
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Ottawa
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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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Hwy 20 East | (Exit 364 or 378), Quebec G0R 1E0, Canada
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+1 418-248-8888
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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

I have to admit that when my husband first mentioned going to Grosse Ile--a quarantine station in the 1800s, I was less than enthusiastic. However I loved my time here! This island attempted to keep deadly infectious diseases from entering the 'new world' for 105...More

Thank Mar J
Reviewed July 18, 2017

I left for Grosse-Ile from the Montmagny area, and it was a lovely half-hour cruise to get there. Once you've arrived, you can choose from three short tours: the west side with the Memorial Cross, a train ride through the Old Village and to the...More

2  Thank Giannifox
Reviewed December 27, 2016

We had to take a boat to reach the Grosse Ile. Once on the island, they examined us as in the olden days. However in the old days, those who seemed sick were kept behind with their families. From a distance these homes look luxurious,...More

3  Thank Robby G C
Reviewed October 9, 2016

This historic site is serviced, animated and maintained by the government of Canada as an historical monument of the Irish coming to Canada after the Irish Potato Famine of 1847. That famine, witch was the cause of death mainly from starvation, of over a million...More

2  Thank Rixodecimal
Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

If you think Canada has no history - get to Grosse Isle. The guides are amazing. I teach a lot of this history as a professional genealogist, and the guides further educated me too! It's amazing. The place is soooo much more than I expected....More

2  Thank GratefulTravellers42
Reviewed August 10, 2016

Immigrants entered Canada through Grosse Ile from the mid-nineteenth century through early twentieth. Irish immigrants came by the tens of thousands after the Irish Famine and were followed decades later by immigrants from other nations. Their stories are well told and there are some gripping...More

2  Thank Mary Ann M
Reviewed July 26, 2016

There are two options to get to this small island in the middle of the St. Lawrence: fly or ferry. We decided to fly because we were on a tight schedule and didn't want to miss this historic site. To fly there, you have to...More

Thank Julie H
Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

We took the boat tour 160$ cad for two. But it was very worth it! Parks Canada has done a wonderful job. Being English meant being in a minority for the group... We ended up with only 6 of us with our English guide Romy....More

1  Thank ChikafromCanada
Reviewed October 31, 2015

This was such a beautiful and moving experience, spending for hours on the island with the most knowledgeable guide that I have had the pleasure to meet. The visit was informative and humbling without being morose. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

1  Thank Beemac21
Reviewed September 23, 2015

We recently visited Grosse Ile and it's a treasure. If you are interested in Irish History or history in general this is a must stop. It's a good idea to purchase the tour in advance. it's all day because you take the ferry over and...More

2  Thank BJCW
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Tfrankay
September 14, 2016|
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Response from Giannifox |
First it's Grosse-Ile (Big Island). As for hotels; if you're not too picky, there are plenty of small hotels in the Old City section. And there are tourist ships that go to Grosse-Ile, but it'll take an hour to get there.
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Tfrankay
September 14, 2016|
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If you're heading west, don't go straight to Quebec City; you'll have to take an hour-long cruise to Grosse-Ile. If you can, try to get accomodations in Montmagny or other villages along the river. The boat ride to... More
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