Not to be missed

Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site

Here are three activities not to be missed during your visit to the island. These are included in the regular visit to Grosse Île.

Nurse Sarah Wade's medical inspection

 Visitors participate in the medical inspection in the disinfection building accompanied by an employee dressed as a nurse.

After making the crossing by boat, disembark at the quay of the Grosse île quarantine station, the first in Canada. Exhausted? No time to relax as you're directed to a medical inspection! For more details.

The red room of the lazaretto

View of the red room of the lazaretto, four hospital beds from the beginning of the 20th century and a display case.

This exhibition in the red room of the lazaretto will allow you to better understand the role of the medical staff. You will learn more about the beginnings of the modern era of medicine and the treatment of smallpox in Grosse Île. For more details.

The horse-drawn ambulance

A guide introduces the horse-drawn ambulance to a visitor.

This exhibition will allow you to learn more about the history of the horse-drawn ambulance that served the island, and that is still on site today. You will discover who was the driver of this ambulance, Pierre "Pit" Masson, an important figure belonging to a family who lived on the island for four generations. For more details.

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