New in June 2019!

Here is a new exhibition that will satisfy those interested in the medical history of Grosse Île. Starting June 22 2019, all visitors at Grosse Île will pass through the red room of the lazaretto. This exciting exhibition is part of all guided tours.

Discover the secrets of the red rom of the lazaretto

By the end of the 19th century, the number of immigrants entering the country had risen dramatically. Everyone had to be vaccinated against smallpox prior to their departure from Europe. One in ten died from this highly contagious disease. The symptoms included fever, vomiting, delirium, headaches and serious skin eruptions that resulted in permanent scarring.

Despite vaccination, the disease was present in the ships arriving at the quarantine station...
According to Danish doctor Finsen, sunlight was harmful to smallpox sufferers. In 1904, a lazaretto or isolation room was thus painted red. Red skylights and light bulbs were added, thus protecting the sick from light. It was thought that this would shorten the healing time and reduce scarring. Several actions and cautions had to be considered for the duration of the treatment, which lasted about one month and a half.

By visiting this exhibition, you will dive into the past and relive these tragic moments, thanks to an environment reflecting the realities of that time:

  • Discover the beginnings of the modern era of medicine
  • Learn more about smallpox treatments at Grosse Île
  • Let yourself be immersed by the atmosphere that reigned in the red room

Red room in the lazaretto  
Red room bottles
Beds in the red room of the lazaretto  

Dates

This new exhibition starts on June 22, 2019.

Price

Please note that transport fees to get to Grosse Île apply in addition to Parks Canada admission fees. Visit our fees web page to learn more.

Free activity
This activity is included with the guided tour and all the thematic tours.

Details
  • Location: Lazaretto
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Capacity: Suitable for large groups
Reserve

This experience is included in the guided tour and all the thematic tours.

Travel trade
  • Included with all the guided tours
  • Suitable for large groups and fully independant travelers
  • Gift shop