The Grosse Island (Grosse Ile) is located offshore from Montmagny, 70 km from Quebec City via Highway 20 East.
The Grosse Island, washed by the waters of the St. Lawrence, dominates the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago. In the past the island was the point of entry to Canada for many immigrants. During dozens of years, the island was witness to unspeakable suffering and exceptional dedication.
More than 7 thousand people are buried here, most of them victims of the typhus epidemic of 1847. Visitors can revive the troubling experience of the people who set sail in hope of a better future and of those who provided care for the newcomers.
Taking a tour of the island, tourists will start their journey like many immigrants come came here before them - by entering the disinfection building, discovering the furnaces of the site and meeting the staff of the quarantine station. Next, they visit the multimedia exhibition that narrates the history of the site,
You can stroll through the trails and admire impressive view of the St. Lawrence. You can also set out on a trail to see the Celtic Cross, the Western cemetery and the Irish Memorial. Then take a trolley to the centre of the island, where the quarantine station employees once lived. The tour continues to the eastern end of the island into what is known as the hospital centre or the Lazaretto, the oldest building of the Grosse Ile. This building bears witness to the tragic events of 1847.
Visitors are allowed to picnic and relax in one of the managed areas of the island.
In the Cote-du-Sud tourist region guests can follow the Veloroute des migrations cyclist road, which hugs the shore of the St. Lawrence. Many other attractions merit a visit in the Montmagny-L’Islet area, such as Isle aux Grues, the Etienne-Pascal Tache home, the Accordion Museum, the Maritime Museum of Quebec and much more.
Web Site of the Grosse Ile and Irish Mmorial National Site: www.pc.gc.ca/grosseile