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Management Plan

Messages for visitors to the site

To give audiences a clearer understanding of these messages of national historic significance, the following elements will be elaborated upon:


  • the national and international context surrounding the arrival of immigrants in Canada – the causes of immigration;
  • government policy for British emigration before 1867 and immigration to Canada after Confederation;
  • methods of recruitment and processing of immigrants;
  • transatlantic crossings in the days of the tall ships and steamships;
  • the socio-economic profile and ethnic diversity of immigrants who passed through the port of Québec;
  • the contribution of immigrants to Canadian society.

Irish immigration and the 1847 tragedy:

  • Irish immigration to Canada in the first half of the 19th century;
  • the Great Famine in Ireland and the events of 1847;
  • historiography of the Great Famine viewed from the perspective of Canadian history;
  • Grosse Île as a symbol for the Irish-Canadian community;
  • the adoption of orphan immigrants.
The Grosse Île quarantine station:
  • the great epidemics and the context surrounding the establishment of the quarantine station;
  • the processing of immigrants at Grosse Île, inspection of ships, medical screening of immigrants, disinfection procedures;
  • the detention conditions applied to passengers under observation and hospital conditions for the sick;
  • scientific knowledge and development of the quarantine; medical discoveries in the late 19th century and the revolution in medical science;
  • the principal facilities and layout of the station; the critical role played by Dr. Frederick Montizambert;
  • station staff, work organization, living conditions; the history of the “village”;
  • logistics: transportation, supplies, communications;
  • other quarantine stations established 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