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Berthier-sur-Mer in Montmagny MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

Grosse-Île-et-le-Mémorial-des-Irlandais

Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial

 

—Lieu historique national du Canada / National Historic Site of Canada —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2018
1. Grosse-Île-et-le-Mémorial-des-Irlandais Marker
Inscription.

Dominant l'archipel de I'Isle-aux-Grues, Grosse-Île sert de station de quarantaine pour le port de Québec, principale porte d'entrée des immigrants au Canada jusqu'à la Première Guerre mondiale. Elle a été témoin de drames humains et de scènes exceptionnelles de dévouement. Plus de 7000 personnes y sont décédées, la plupart lors de l'épidémie de typhus de 1847.

Marchez sur les pas des immigrants qui ont navigué vers l'espoir d'un avenir meilleur. Faites connaissance avec le personnel qui a su les accueillir en Amérique. Entrez dans l'édifice de désinfection et visitez l'exposition qui relate les grands épisodes de l'histoire du site. Empruntez les sentiers aménagés pour vous rendre à la croix celtique, au cimetière des Irlandais et au mémorial. Un train-balade vous permettra de visiter le secteur où vivaient jadis les employés de la station de quarantaine et d'atteindre l'extrémité est de l'île, où le lazaret témoigne des événements tragiques de 1847.

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Grosse Île is the tallest island in the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago. It served as a quarantine station for the Port of Québec, which was the main point of entry for immigrants to Canada until the First World War. This island witnessed scenes of both
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2018
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intense human drama and exceptional devotion. Over 7000 people died there, most of them during the typhus epidemic of 1847.

Walk in the footsteps of immigrants who came in search of a better future and get to know the staff who greeted newcomers to the Americas. Enter the Disinfection Building and visit the exhibit describing major episodes from the site's history. Walk along the trails leading to the Celtic Cross, the Irish cemetery and the Memorial. You can also hop aboard a trolley and visit where the quarantine station employees lived, then continue to the easternmost point of the island, where the Lazaretto serves as a testimony to the tragic events of 1847.
 
Erected by Parcs Canada / Parks Canada.
 
Location. 46° 56.08′ N, 70° 44.143′ W. Marker is in Berthier-sur-Mer, Quebec, in Montmagny MRC. Marker is on rue de la Marina just north of chemin d'Étiopie, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is along the riverfront walking path at Marina Berthier-sur-Mer. Marker is in this post office area: Berthier-sur-Mer, Quebec G0R 1E0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. La salinite de l'eau / The Water Salinity (within shouting distance of this marker); Le quai et la Villégiature / The Quay and Village Life

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By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2018
3. Grosse-Île-et-le-Mémorial-des-Irlandais Marker
Looking north into the Saint Lawrence River
(within shouting distance of this marker); Le phare de l'îlet Bellechasse / The l'Îlet Bellechasee Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Les naufrages dans le secteur / Shipwrecks in the Sector (within shouting distance of this marker); Hameau Dunière-Dénéchaud (within shouting distance of this marker); La seigneurie de Berthier / The Seigniory of Berthier (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Des pionniers et navigateurs de Berthier-sur-Mer (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Des armoiries Berthier-sur-Mer Coat of Arms (approx. 0.9 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berthier-sur-Mer.
 
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Also see . . .
1. Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site. (Submitted on September 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Immigration in Canada at The Canadian Encyclopedia. (Submitted on September 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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