Quebec City Sights

Grosse Île National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Published 10/26/2015

Fodor's Review

For thousands of immigrants from Europe in the 1800s, the first glimpse of North America was the hastily erected quarantine station at Grosse Île—Canada's equivalent of Ellis Island. During the time Grosse Île operated (1832–1937), 4.3 million immigrants passed through the port of Québec. For far too many passengers on disease-racked ships, particularly the Irish fleeing the potato famine, Grosse Île became a final resting place. Several buildings have been restored to tell the story of the tragic period of Irish immigration. It's necessary to take a boat tour or ferry to visit the park (some day-long cruises depart from Québec City), and you should reserve in advance

Croisières AML offers guided cruises that depart from Québec City's Old Port, Lévis, Île d'Orléans, and Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré for Grosse Île. Tours cost C$73.50, which includes admission to the island (866/856-6668 www.croisierescoudrier.qc.ca).

Sight Information

Address:

Québec City, Québec, Canada

Phone:

418-234–8841-Parks Canada; 888-773–8888

Website: www.grosseile.ca

Sight Details:

  • C$49.50, including boat tour or ferry
  • May 3–Oct. 12, daily 9–6

Published 10/26/2015

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