Walk in the footsteps of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came through this quarantine station between 1832 and 1937. Once on the island, you’ll be directed to a mandatory medical examination, just like immigrants from the 1800s. Meet Nurse Sarah Wade! Hear moving stories of tragedy and life-affirming tales of hope on a tour with a knowledgeable Parks Canada guide. During summertime, enhance your experience by adding to your visit one of the four thematic circuits to your visit! Take a hike around the island for panoramic views over the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago. Keep an eye out for heron soaring above and deer nibbling grass in the meadows.
Where is it
In the heart of the St. Lawrence River, a 45-minute boat ride from Berthier-sur-Mer. Berthier-sur-Mer is around 35 minutes east of Quebec City, or a 3-hour drive from Montreal.
When to go
Open from early May to mid-October. If you’re a birdwatcher, come early to watch the return of the snow geese and other birds, or leave your visit until later in the season to enjoy dazzling fall colours (and fewer visitors!)
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