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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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Nice to visit but a bit expensive.

Our visit was very interesting especially for history buffs, but it is quite a little investment with the boat over. I'm sure the upkeep is expensive so it's probably reasonable... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2013
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Peterborough, Canada
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

Our visit was very interesting especially for history buffs, but it is quite a little investment with the boat over. I'm sure the upkeep is expensive so it's probably reasonable but we really debated whether it was worth it. In the end we're glad we went. This is a really important piece of history that is skimmed over at best... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Tour very well done and interesting. Guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Good weather helped too.

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Very interesting story on the arrival of Irish immigrants. Very will presented and narrated. Must see.

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

A very moving experience that was brought to life by Pierre Loop (Peter the Wolf as he introduced himself to us). Pierre was passionate about this island and was familiar with all aspects of its history. This made the difference to our tour and to those attending. The history of the island and how the Irish were humanely treated after... More 

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St. Catharines, Canada
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

Brilliant. We were verry moved with the Irish memorial. We felt that the quarantied immigrants were basically well treated. Those who died there were very beautifully memoriallized. Congratulations to Parks Canada staff.

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Reviewed 6 October 2012

This is one of the most interesting places we visited in Canada, and certainly the most interesting in Quebec. It was a very moving experience to visit and hear the story of the Irish who passed through this island trying for a better life. Sad how many died. Canada did their best for them.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

The island is a Federal Park that is usually visited with an official guide. During a typical visit you will encounter actors playing real historic characters. You must take a boat to get to the island, from Berthier-sur-Mer near Montmagny or from Quebec City. As the official website warns you, it is likely you will be moved by the story... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed 13 August 2010

This is the quarentine site for European immigrants from 832 up to 1932. The park service runs and maintains the many buildings on the site and excellent guides provide commentary mostly on the early years of the Irish immigration wave and the disasterous year of 1847 when thousands died of Typhus.

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