Battle of the St. Lawrence National Historic Event

Gaspé, Quebec
Battle of the St. Lawrence (© Expired)
Battle of the St. Lawrence
(© Expired)
Address : Gaspé, Quebec

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2000-11-15

Other Name(s):
  • Battle of the St. Lawrence  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 2000-21

Importance: Enemy submarine operations in the Gulf of St. Lawrence during World War II


Existing plaque: Forillon National Park Gaspé, Quebec

Operations undertaken by German submarines in the St. Lawrence River and Gulf between 1942 and 1944 brought the perils of the Second World War home to Canada. U-boats penetrating coastal waters sank some twenty warships and merchant vessels transporting combatants and supplies to war zones overseas. Through the combined efforts of the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force and coast-watchers on the shore, the enemy was eventually repelled and the inland waters secured.