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.

Featured things to do

Explore the island

With a Parks Canada guide, relive more than a hundred years of immigration through the stories and buildings still present on the island.

Nurse Sarah Wade’s medical examination

Follow the trail of the four million newcomers who undertook a long journey to find a welcoming land. 

Hiking on the Mirador trail

Observe in complete tranquility the many plant and animal species that make the quarantine island their home.

Getting here

Isle-aux-Grues archipelago
QC

Hours of operation

June 19 to September 4 
Open daily
Complete Schedule

Fees

Free admission in 2017. Transport fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 418-234-8841
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Email: information@pc.gc.ca

Sites nearby

  • 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.