Located in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, Grosse île was a quarantine station for the port of Québec from 1832 to 1937. At the time, the island was the main point of entry for immigrants coming to Canada. You will be moved by the story of Grosse Île, which stands in testament to both human tragedy and exceptional dedication. Relive the troubling experiences of immigrants who set sail in hopes of a better future, and those who cared for them upon arrival.
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Lévis Forts National Historic Site
The purpose of the Lévis Forts was to protect Quebec City against an American invasion. Visit Fort No. 1 to discover its history as well as military strategies, and enjoy the splendid panorama as well.
Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site
A jewel of the provincial capital, the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site is a reminder of the richness of the city's military past. The site takes us back to the French and British regimes when Québec played a deciding role in the defence of the colony.
Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site
What was the actual work of the governor? How many Châteaux Saint-Louis were there in Québec City? What was château life like between 1620 and 1834? The answers can be found at the Saint Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site!
Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site
This site commemorates the wintering site of Jacques Cartier and his companions in 1535-1536 near the Iroquois village of Stadacona. It also bears witness to the establishment in 1625-1626 of the first Jesuit missionaries' residence in Québec.