Day trip

Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

From $63.66 per person

Relive the experience of immigrants to Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries and tour the facilities of the quarantine station on Grosse Île, in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Admire views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago from the Mirador Trail.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the quarantine station where many immigrants entered Canada
  • Explore the Mirador Trail for views of Isle-aux-Grues archipelago
  • See the Celtic cross that stands in memory of the Irish immigrants who died on the island
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

On your day tour of Grosse Île you’ll meet period figures who will tell you about the daily lives of the immigrants and employees that resided in this quarantine station. Experience what the immigrants must have felt when they entered the disinfection building, and learn about medicine and immigration procedures here during the 19th and 20th centuries. You can choose to walk or hop on the tourist trolley to visit the central part of the island and the village where the quarantine station employees lived. Continue on to the hospital sector at the easternmost point of the island to visit the Lazaretto. Take a walk along the Mirador Trail and admire the views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, taking in the natural treasures that await you at every turn. Retrace the footsteps of the Irish immigrants or linger a while at the memorial and think about what they experienced as they arrived in Canada. Departure from Berthier-sur-Mer, on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. Cruise last about 45 minutes. You remain on the island for about 4 hours. Return trip to Berthier-sur-Mer is at a set time. Return trip is also about 45 minutes.
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  • Guide
  • Local taxes and fees
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    110 Rue de la Marina, Berthier-sur-Mer, Quebec G0R 1E0

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    Know before you go

    • Boats depart on time, so please arrive at the ticket booth 30 minutes before departure
    • The departure time may change at the end of August and may vary according to the tides and weather
    • Rain Policy: Unless the weather presents a danger to the security of the passengers, cruises are not canceled due to rain. There is always an enclosed area on the boat
    • Wheelchair policy: "Foldable" wheelchairs are OK, but unfortunately electric wheelchairs cannot be accepted as the ramps and stairs on the boats are too steep with the tides
    • All participants (13 years old and over) must show proof of full vaccination (2 shots) from the below recognized vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson (only one dose). Customers must present physical or digital proof that they have been fully vaccinated. Québec residents must show their VaxiCode (on phone application or paper). Customers from other Canadian Provinces or Countries must have their official vaccination cards
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 275 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Transportation
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.5/5
    • Safety
      4.9/5

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    I've wanted to go for years (Irish ancestors) but with 5 kids, the ferry is really expensive ($50 for each of us!) So when the older 4 went to visit their grandparents, we took advantage and finally visited Grosse Ile. Although I find the ferry cost prohibitive for families, the service was very good. On the island, we were one of the only English speaking groups so we pretty much had a private tour. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly (especially Philippe on the trolley). It's a beautiful place and we really enjoyed learning about its history.

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    August 14, 2021

    What a wonderful and informative day. The guides are very knowledgeable and very friendly. We took the English tour and we were very pleased with the personnel who took turns guiding us around the site. It is a must see for history buffs. I wish that the gift shop had more options such as a hoodie that they sell over in Bethier Sur Mer. Unfortunately when we got back on the ferrry the gift shop was closed so we can back empty handed.

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    August 1, 2021

    The visit was very interesting and informative. The only negative point is that we had been confirmed by phone that we could buy a lunch box at the boat's ticket office. I had also sent an email to Croisière Lachance to confirm everything, mentioning my 4 lunchbox choices. I haven't received any feedback from my email. It was when we arrived there that we were informed that there was no more ... We had to run to the grocery store because the boat was leaving in 25 minutes ...

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    July 24, 2020

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