Management Plan

Messages for the Canadian public

  • Between the beginning of the 19th century and World War I, Canada experienced the largest wave of immigration in its history, when nearly 4 million immigrants sailed up the St. Lawrence to settle in North America.
  • Grosse Île is intimately linked with the Great Famine in Ireland. In 1847, over 5000 immigrants, most of them Irish, died of typhus on the island.
  • From 1832 to 1937, Grosse Île played a major role in the protection of public health in Canada, as a quarantine station for the port of Québec, which for many years was the main entry point for immigrants arriving in Canada.

Commemorative integrity of the site

Commemorative intent
Resources symbolizing or representing the national significance of Grosse Île
Grosse Île and its cultural landscapes
On-site cultural resources
Movable cultural resources
Messages of national historic significance
Messages for the Canadian public
Messages for visitors to the site
Communication challenges
Other heritage values of the site
Precontact dimension of Grosse Île
Earliest settlers and agricultural use of the island before the quarantine station period
The Canadian Forces (1942-1945, 1951-1956)
Agriculture Canada (research and training station, animal quarantine)
International, national and regional links
Outstanding natural surroundings