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Grosse Ile

Hwy 20 East | (Exit 364 or 378), Quebec G0R 1E0, Canada
+1 418-248-8888
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Don't miss this important and fascinating piece of history.

Because of Irish ancestry, we've been wanting to visit this Canadian National Park for years and it... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2015
luvmymolly
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Albany, New York
Grosse Ile

My wife and I visited Grosse Ile during the last week in July (2014) and found it to be an... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2014
dmccormick516
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Queens, New York
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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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Reviewed 1 September 2015

Because of Irish ancestry, we've been wanting to visit this Canadian National Park for years and it is well worth it! It's the equivalent of Ellis Island in NY but much more scenic and interesting. Park staff demonstrate the story of immigration and it is...More

1  Thank luvmymolly
Reviewed 29 July 2014

My wife and I visited Grosse Ile during the last week in July (2014) and found it to be an excellent trip that was exceptionally presented by the French Canadian Parc Department. The staff on the Island was extremely knowledgeable and fluent in the history...More

8  Thank dmccormick516
Reviewed 20 September 2013

Our visit was very interesting especially for history buffs, but it is quite a little investment with the boat over. I'm sure the upkeep is expensive so it's probably reasonable but we really debated whether it was worth it. In the end we're glad we...More

3  Thank onvoyage_3
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Tour very well done and interesting. Guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Good weather helped too.

Thank frohn
Reviewed 14 August 2013

Very interesting story on the arrival of Irish immigrants. Very will presented and narrated. Must see.

2  Thank Brasstess
Reviewed 3 July 2013

A very moving experience that was brought to life by Pierre Loop (Peter the Wolf as he introduced himself to us). Pierre was passionate about this island and was familiar with all aspects of its history. This made the difference to our tour and to...More

5  Thank Twistkow
Reviewed 26 June 2013

Brilliant. We were verry moved with the Irish memorial. We felt that the quarantied immigrants were basically well treated. Those who died there were very beautifully memoriallized. Congratulations to Parks Canada staff.

2  Thank Jean D
Reviewed 6 October 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...More

1  Thank mary19
Reviewed 17 September 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...More

5  Thank ohque
Reviewed 13 August 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...More

13  Thank tflynn48
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Tfrankay
15 September 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
15 September 2016|
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Response from Giannifox |
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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