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Management Plan

International, national and regional links

Grosse-Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada is part of an international network of sites commemorating migratory movements worldwide. The site has close thematic links with various museums and interpretation centres in Great Britain and Ireland devoted to British and Irish immigration to North America. Among them are the Merseyside Maritime Museum (Liverpool), the Cobh Heritage Center (Cork) and the Irish-American Folk Center (Omagh), where the role of Grosse Île is specifically referred to. The Famine Museum in Strokestown, Ireland, deals with the role played by Grosse Île at the time of the Great Famine in Ireland.

Because of the themes surrounding Grosse Île’s role in immigration and human quarantine, it is also closely associated with numerous figures, sites or events of national historic significance that commemorate various aspects of immigration to Canada, including: Pier 21 in Halifax; the Partridge Island quarantine station in New Brunswick; the arrival of the Loyalists in St. John, New Brunswick; Refugee Slaves in Windsor, Ontario; former immigration minister Sir Clifford Sifton, who played a major role in promoting immigration to Canada, particularly in the West; as well as the Canadian Pacific Railway station in Winnipeg.

Although for many years Grosse Île was off limits to the general public, it is important to stress the major contribution made to local tradition by the Ancient Order of Hibernians . Nearly every year since 1909, this organization has led a pilgrimage to the island in memory of the victims of the Irish tragedy of 1847.

Finally, in the context of heritage tourism, Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada is one of a series of heritage resources located on the «Côte-du-Sud» (South Shore) that includes: the maison Taché and the Centre éducatif des Migrations, both in Montmagny; the Musée maritime Bernier in l’Islet; and the Beaumont mill.

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