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Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

1. Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

On your day tour of Grosse Île you’ll meet period figures who will tell you about the daily lives of the immigrants and employees that resided in this quarantine station. Experience what the immigrants must have felt when they entered the disinfection building, and learn about medicine and immigration procedures here during the 19th and 20th centuries. You can choose to walk or hop on the tourist trolley to visit the central part of the island and the village where the quarantine station employees lived. Continue on to the hospital sector at the easternmost point of the island to visit the Lazaretto. Take a walk along the Mirador Trail and admire the views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, taking in the natural treasures that await you at every turn. Retrace the footsteps of the Irish immigrants or linger a while at the memorial and think about what they experienced as they arrived in Canada. Departure is from Berthier-sur-Mer, on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. The cruise lasts about 45 minutes. You remain on the island for about 4 hours. The return trip to Berthier-sur-Mer is at a set time, and also lasts about 45 minutes.

Berthier-sur-Mer: Razorbill Penguin Observation Cruise

2. Berthier-sur-Mer: Razorbill Penguin Observation Cruise

Set sail from Berthier-sur-Mer to discover the unique Alca Torda Razorbills and learn about the wildlife, geography, history, and culture of the area around the St. Lawrence River on a guided 4.5-hour cruise. See the Alca Torda Razorbills, a species of small penguins coming by the thousands from the extreme eastern regions of the St. Lawrence River to breed on the islands of the archipelago.  Located bout a 45-minute drive from downtown Quebec City, sail aboard the Vent des Îles departing from the Berthier-sur-Mer Marina. Step aboard and explore the vessel's lower deck, which features a dining room and lounge. On the upper deck, you’ll find the wheelhouse and solarium - perfect to admire the beauty of the scenery while remaining inside and sheltered from the sun.  Feel the breeze as you step outside to the exterior decks for some fresh air, cruising down the river and listening to the captain as he points out the sights of the surrounding landscape.  Look for the many small penguins that breed on the archipelago of l'Isle-aux-Grues while hearing fun facts and in-depth information from ornithologists onboard.

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What people are saying about Berthier-sur-Mer

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 295 reviews

I've wanted to go for years (Irish ancestors) but with 5 kids, the ferry is really expensive ($50 for each of us!) So when the older 4 went to visit their grandparents, we took advantage and finally visited Grosse Ile. Although I find the ferry cost prohibitive for families, the service was very good. On the island, we were one of the only English speaking groups so we pretty much had a private tour. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly (especially Philippe on the trolley). It's a beautiful place and we really enjoyed learning about its history.

What a wonderful and informative day. The guides are very knowledgeable and very friendly. We took the English tour and we were very pleased with the personnel who took turns guiding us around the site. It is a must see for history buffs. I wish that the gift shop had more options such as a hoodie that they sell over in Bethier Sur Mer. Unfortunately when we got back on the ferrry the gift shop was closed so we can back empty handed.

I really enjoyed the crossing to the site visit. Small flat, not enough tables or benches when there are a lot of people. A big thank you to all the crew.

my family and I had such a fun day.. the staff was excellent. we learned so much in a dun way...

Amazing to learn about quarantine station held between 1832-1937 .