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Grosse Ile
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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.
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.

1  Thank mary19
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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 of Grosse Île, due to the human tragedy that happened on the island. You will relive the troubling experience of immigrants who were quarantined here. Thousands of them, mostly Irish, died here! One reviewer rated the experience as very painful. But perhaps we have a duty to remember. And there is beauty also...

The location, in the middle of the majestic Saint-Lawrence river, adds an element of intense beauty to the visit, which heightens the emotional experience by being so opposite to the sadness of the events that took place here.

5  Thank ohque
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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.

13  Thank tflynn48
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Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile
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