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 years. Initially medical science didn't even understand the disease process. However, over the years several medical breakthroughs were made here.
The island lays a short distance east of Quebec City in the St. Lawrence River. Ferry ride is approx 30-45 minutes each way. There is a shuttle that takes visitors to various sites on the island with stops for in-character narratives. There is a hike up to the monuments (5000 Irish died in 1847 attempting to survive the potato famine). There is an interactive experience wherein visitors have a medical 'exam'. These three attractions take about 4 hours. Narration is in English and French. No restaurant on island but some snacks are available...as well as on the ferry which also has a small selection of sandwiches, etc.
Who said learning can't be fun?
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