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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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A fantastic stop into history

I left for Grosse-Ile from the Montmagny area, and it was a lovely half-hour cruise to get there... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Those poor immigrants from the past

We had to take a boat to reach the Grosse Ile. Once on the island, they examined us as in the olden... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2016
Robby G C
Toronto, Canada
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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
+1 418-248-8888
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I left for Grosse-Ile from the Montmagny area, and it was a lovely half-hour cruise to get there. Once you've arrived, you can choose from three short tours: the west side with the Memorial Cross, a train ride through the Old Village and to the...More

Thank Giannifox
Reviewed 27 December 2016

We had to take a boat to reach the Grosse Ile. Once on the island, they examined us as in the olden days. However in the old days, those who seemed sick were kept behind with their families. From a distance these homes look luxurious,...More

3  Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This historic site is serviced, animated and maintained by the government of Canada as an historical monument of the Irish coming to Canada after the Irish Potato Famine of 1847. That famine, witch was the cause of death mainly from starvation, of over a million...More

1  Thank Rixodecimal
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

If you think Canada has no history - get to Grosse Isle. The guides are amazing. I teach a lot of this history as a professional genealogist, and the guides further educated me too! It's amazing. The place is soooo much more than I expected....More

2  Thank GratefulTravellers42
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Immigrants entered Canada through Grosse Ile from the mid-nineteenth century through early twentieth. Irish immigrants came by the tens of thousands after the Irish Famine and were followed decades later by immigrants from other nations. Their stories are well told and there are some gripping...More

2  Thank Mary Ann M
Reviewed 27 July 2016

There are two options to get to this small island in the middle of the St. Lawrence: fly or ferry. We decided to fly because we were on a tight schedule and didn't want to miss this historic site. To fly there, you have to...More

Thank Julie H
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We took the boat tour 160$ cad for two. But it was very worth it! Parks Canada has done a wonderful job. Being English meant being in a minority for the group... We ended up with only 6 of us with our English guide Romy....More

Thank ChikafromCanada
Reviewed 1 November 2015

This was such a beautiful and moving experience, spending for hours on the island with the most knowledgeable guide that I have had the pleasure to meet. The visit was informative and humbling without being morose. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

1  Thank Beemac21
Reviewed 23 September 2015

We recently visited Grosse Ile and it's a treasure. If you are interested in Irish History or history in general this is a must stop. It's a good idea to purchase the tour in advance. it's all day because you take the ferry over and...More

2  Thank BJCW
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
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15 September 2016|
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.
15 September 2016|
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