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Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Pere

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Address: 1000, rue du Phare, Rimouski, Quebec G5M 1L8, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 418-724-6214
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A tourist attraction unique in Canada: a tour of the Onondaga submarine!...

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.

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Wow, what a tour! Self guided, with headsets in English and French, you can go at your own pace, and enjoy the submarine! I had been in a small one in Disneyland, but this is... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2016
Nanaimo BC
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Nanaimo BC
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

Wow, what a tour! Self guided, with headsets in English and French, you can go at your own pace, and enjoy the submarine! I had been in a small one in Disneyland, but this is exceptional! Seeing the Survival suits (not at all like mine), the torpedo tubes, and the quarters where the men actually spent all their time, was... More 

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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

The submarine visit was interesting but the other areas were closed for maintenance and the fare was still the same. Still fun if you are in the area.

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Reviewed 18 September 2016

As a Canadian Army Veteran I was very impressed with the work and ''rehabilitation'' made of this boat. One gets a good feeling for what the living conditions must have been onboard. Unfortunately the Empress Museum and Lighthouse were closed for renos but we had not seen any warning about this. Thus the full price paid for entering the sub... More 

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New Brunswick
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

We really enjoyed this exhibit. With the use of the free, well done audioguides (available in English and French, and apparently next year in Mandarin as well) we spent a very informative 30-40 minutes exploring this retired submarine (it is no longer in the water, now situate onshore). The audioguide recording is a little bit geared toward the younger crowd,... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

There are 3 things/places to see and do here. 1. Go up into the lighthouse 2. Empress of Ireland museum 3. Onondaga submarine tour. The great part is you don't have to pay for all 3 - you can pay separately for each depending on which you want to do. We visited the museum which was excellent and very interesting.... More 

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Reviewed 11 September 2016

This site has something for everyone. The adventurous can clambour abord the real submarine and experience life as a submariner. History buffs can learn all about the Empress of Ireland disaster, where sadly, more travelers perished than the TITANIC. A stunning sea side view awaits those who climb the tower. A must see stop.

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Guelph, Canada
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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Lighthouse and museum closed due to construction on the site, but tour of submarine is still open. To pay $20 pp to look at the inside of a sub? Only if you were in the navy or have little kids who'd love seeing. Not worth the visit.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

This place consists of a series of attractions that all relate to the maritime life in Canada. We visited the Onondaga submarine, the lighthouse, the Empress of Ireland museum and Hangar 14. Onondaga Submarine A beautiful and informative site! The front desk provides you with a free audioguide, and the visit is very enlightening. This is apparently the only submarine... More 

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Enderby, Canada
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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful spot for a break. St. Lawrence is gorgeous here. Stretch your legs and take in some history. Nice clean quiet bathrooms in the small white buildings by water.

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Reviewed 18 August 2016

We had already visited the lighthouse several years prior to our visit here so we visited the Empress of Ireland Museum and the submarine Onondaga. The museum covering the Empress of Ireland sinking was very educational and historical and had artifacts from the ship itself. Prior to the visit of the museum one should watch the short film. We had... More 

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