In the company of a Parks Canada interpreter, immerse yourself in the history of Grosse Île and learn about the attempts to counter epidemics transmitted from Europe. Then discover the sites that remind us of this not-so-distant past… Follow the Irish cemetery guide to the Celtic Cross, first passing through the first class hotel. Travel on a trolley to the old village of Saint-Luc-de-la-Grosse-Île and the hospitals sector. Then, explore the sectors formerly reserved for employees and their families. Admire the Catholic Chapel, the Anglican Chapel and the house of the public works official. It is in this area you will find the lazaret—quarantine station—built in 1847. This building, one of the oldest on the island, represents the ultimate witness to the Irish tragedy.  

Grosse Île: where the past comes alive


View of the St-Lawrence river

A girl light up a candle light and blow the matches

The girl sit on a chair, take a photo album in her hands and flip the pages. She looks at old family photos.

A rosary is moving on a grave by the wind.

A girl sat at the cemetery

The medical officer is entering the Desinfection building.

View from above the Celtic Cross

A girl walk trough the Irish Memorial Monument.

View from above the Irish Memorial Monument

View from inside the Desinfection building (showers)

View of the cemetery

Closed view of girl's shoes going down the stairs

View of Grosse Île

View from inside the Lazaretto

St-lawrence river and the boat who transports the visitor leaving Grosse-Île

Group of people walking by the Celtic Cross

Girl smiling and walking by a building

A woman enjoying the view of the St-Lawrence river

View of many building on Grosse-Île

View from inside a building

Closed view of names written on the Irish Memorial

A girl turning her back to the viewer looking at the river

Overview of buildings

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Employees walk down the dock together


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