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Address: Hwy 20 East | (Exit 364 or 378), Quebec G0R 1E0, Canada
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This island historically served as a quarantine station for 19th-century...

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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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 days. However in the old days, those who seemed sick were kept behind with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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966 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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, but this was not the case! All belongings had to be disinfected in big steam... More 

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Repentigny, Canada
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 Irish. That island was a quarantine for all immigrants coming to Canada. And for the... More 

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Thank Rixodecimal
western Canada
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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. I do have Irish ancestry, so there were many times I was swallowing tears. But... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 images -- among them, the metal crosses in the graveyard

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Omemee, Canada
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291 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 go out of Montmagny Airport. The flight prices depend up on the number of people... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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. She was absolutely fabulous! Kept us on task for timing but answered all questions! Very... More 

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Claremorris, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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New Yorker
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 back. The tour is in 3 parts which are offered in English and French and... More 

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 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 a fascinating experience. Don't miss it!

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Thank luvmymolly
Queens, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 of the island and the misery of those who past through the island. I totally... More 

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