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“Peter the Wolf!!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grosse Ile

Grosse Ile
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Owner description: This island historically served as a quarantine station for 19th-century European immigrants, and is presently a museum documenting their plight.
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Peter the Wolf!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 they had spent considerable time on cargo ships being delivered to the New World was an incredible story itself. The boat ride over (about 30 minutes) was very relaxing.

The food offerings are limited so I would recommend that you bring a lunch and enjoy the grounds.

Visited June 2013
5 Thank Twistkow
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English first
St. Catharines, Canada
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A must for those with Irish ancestors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Jean D
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125 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Don't miss it!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank mary19
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Ottawa, Canada
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67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Intensely beautiful, authentic!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 of Grosse Île, due to the human tragedy that happened on the island. You will relive the troubling experience of immigrants who were quarantined here. Thousands of them, mostly Irish, died here! One reviewer rated the experience as very painful. But perhaps we have a duty to remember. And there is beauty also...

The location, in the middle of the majestic Saint-Lawrence river, adds an element of intense beauty to the visit, which heightens the emotional experience by being so opposite to the sadness of the events that took place here.

Visited August 2012
5 Thank ohque
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Gainesville, Florida
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“a must see for anyone of Irish ancestry”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

12 Thank tflynn48
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