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.
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