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“Amazing Spot - A Must See”

Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Pere
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Rimouski
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A tourist attraction unique in Canada: a tour of the Onondaga submarine! Board the submarine and find out about the daily lives of the 60 men who lived for months at a time in this 90-m (300-ft.) submarine. Examine the complex mechanics of the submarine and the technology used for underwater detection. The 45-minute audio-guide commentary simulates going out to sea off Rimouski and will plunge you into this fascinating and little-known world. In addition, you can spend a night aboard the Onondaga. You will be welcomed by the coxswain and will play the role of an apprentice submariner for the duration of a fun-filled night!The Empress of Ireland Museum presents the history of the Empress of Ireland passenger ship, from its construction in 1906 to its tragic sinking on May 29, 1914, which killed 1012 people. Visit the historic site and learn all there is to know about this magnificent ship. Discover a large collection of objects from the wreck, period photos, interactive terminals and eyewitness accounts. The Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse played a central role in the history of navigation on the St. Lawrence River. Built in 1909, this lighthouse is one of the tallest in Canada and one of the few to still have its prism. A guided tour will take you to the top, where you can admire the fabulous view.The lighthouse keeper’s house is home to several exhibits that explain the role of Pointe-au-Père in Canadian maritime history. On the second floor, learn about the many divers who have explored the wreck since 1914.The foghorn shed presents the evolution of aural aids to navigation, which replaced the light from the lighthouse when weather conditions made it impossible for mariners to see.
Hagerstown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing Spot - A Must See”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

OK, this is a bit out of the way for a lot of people travelling down east, but, if you have a day that you can add to your holiday, we think this site is worth it. There are three attractions that are all very different and all really interesting. First, we went to the Empress of Ireland Museum. We saw a 20 minute film (multi-sensory experience) on the history of the sinking of the ship which was eerie and effective - tip: sit under the heaters for the fullest effect. The museum is interesting, too - make sure to go across the road to see the history of the dives to the ship - some of those videos are amazing, too. This was the worst maritime disaster in Canadian history - some of the statistics are chilling - women and children first?

Next, we went on the submarine Onandaga and did the audio tour of the ship. As I understand it, this is the only place in Canada that you can go on a submarine - that by itself is pretty cool. BUT, the audio tour is really well done and you learn a lot while it is interesting. The conditions that submariners endure are tougher than we thought.

Finally, we visited the old Lighthouse at Point au Pere - scaling the hundreds of steps to the top. The view was great and the explanation and stories about the lighthouse from the 'tour guide' at the top are great.

We definitely recommend this historic site - it is well worth the fees and the time commitment. You could easily spend 3 to 4 hours here or more.

Visited July 2013
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Longueuil, Canada
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“Visit of the Onondaga”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

Our visit was early in the morning. We were able to go through the Onondaga without waiting, which was good considering we were with our two young boys (2 & 4 yrs). I personnally enjoyed more the short film about the Empress of Ireland.

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“unexpected treasure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

This museum, although well=known to Canadians, was unknown to this American. The museum focuses on the tragic sinking offshore the museum of the passenger ship Empress of Ireland only two years after the Titanic sinking and with a similar large loss of life. The museum features a multimedia presentation, exhibits, a lighthouse and a dry-docked submarine for visitors. Naval enthusiasts may well enjoy one to two hours here. Rimouski is near the National Park Le Bic, famous gardens and en route to the Gaspe Penninsula, with great scenery.

Visited July 2013
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Whitby, Canada
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“Do not miss it and bring your windbreaker”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

It is a touching, inspirational, strange, unique visit that helps feel the life of submariners...
The only place in Canada to visit a real submarine.
we wait in line to go in. the line seems very long but the video is usefull (often in french but you can figure it out - and there is english visits also if needed )
since we also wait in line outside after payment , the weather was windy and I was very unconfortable. Happily I had a sweatshirt with a collar that I zipped completely, remember, you are near "the ocean" and the wind is quite strong.
the other point is that because of the specific architecture of a submarine strollers and wheel chairs will not be able to walk inside the submarine because of the compartiments.
BUT DO NOT MISS IT It took us close to an hour for the wait, the visit and the browsing at the little shop.
it is important historically and humanly ( if I may say)

Visited August 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Tremendous and very moving”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

The display for the Empress of Ireland disaster was well done and very moving. This is well worth a visit

Visited July 2013
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