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Skyview of Grosse Île

Cruises in Chaudière-Appalaches

Less than 30 minutes from Quebec City, discover mysterious Grosse-Île, a former human quarantine station from 1832 to 1937. With the family, come and observe more than 1000 small penguins that breed on the islands or learn more about Isle-aux-Grues whose landscape inspired the famous painter Riopelle.

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8 cruises

  • Cruise and visit of Grosse-Île

    • Chaudière-Appalaches, Berthier-sur-Mer Marina

    • From May 10 to October 8, 2023

    • Departures at 9:30 AM, 10:15 AM and 10:00 AM

    • Approximate duration: 6h00

    Off-limits for a long period of time, Grosse-Île now reveals its mysteries! Accompanied by Parks Canada guides, visit what was once a human quarantine station to counter epidemics, where tens of thousands of immigrants passed through between 1832 and 1937. A must-see that is only 35 minutes from Quebec City!

    • Look up your ancestors' names on the memorial
    • Visit the island's must-sees
    • Enjoy a guided cruise by the Lachance captains

    Starting at

    $79.99 /adult

    The price may vary depending on the cruise date. Optional products and taxes not included.

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  • First Class Tour of Grosse-Île - New!

    Start your trip with an wonderful cruise. For our first-class guests, it is possible to visit the wheelhouse and take a picture with our captain.
    You will then have the chance to receive a personalized welcome upon your arrival on the island. Accompanied by an exclusive guide dedicated to your select group, you will visit the must-see quarantine station, such as the lazaretto, the Celtic cross and the Irish cemetery. You will also have the chance to conduct a medical inspection with the staff of the island!
    As a distinguished guest, you will enjoy exclusive activities at the 1st class hotel and at the village of Saint-Luc-de-Grosse-Île. An unmatched experience!

    This cruise will be back next year.

  • Grosse-Île Bicycle Tour - New!

    Explore Grosse-Île differently!

    Come aboard and bring your bike: you will be able to visit the island at your own pace! Go to each station, by bicycle and on foot, to discover the quarantine site must-see features, its history, as well as the landscapes and natural environment of Grosse Île.

    Along the way, you will also meet Parks Canada characters and guides who will tell you all about the fabulous history of this quarantine station, which welcomed tens of thousands of immigrants between 1832 and 1947.

    Audio Tour

    A map of the route is available on the Parcs Canada mobile app, we recommend you download it before your visit.


    The course is a 4.5 km round trip, and the road is gravel. You must bring your own bike and a helmet is recommended.

    Please note that there are no electric bike charging stations on the island.

  • Grosse-Île Challenge - New!

    Discover Grosse-Île in a fun way with family or friends. Fun guaranteed for everybody! In addition to exploring the must-see sites of the quarantine station with Parks Canada guides, follow the footsteps of the past and take on challenges in teams. This is an activity that will make for an extraordinary day while allowing you to learn more about Grosse-Île in an entertaining way.

  • Cruise to Grosse-Île and visit of the Miller Zoo

    Be charmed by the wonderful region of Chaudière-Appalaches! Start your excursion on a cruise and explore Grosse Île. Pursue your journey with a visit of the Miller Zoo where you will discover a shelter with more than 150 animals.

    The package includes:

    • Daily access to take the cruise and visit of Grosse-Île with Parks Canada guides who will show you the site of the Irish memorial, the buildings of the quarantine station, as well as the Celtic Cross.
    • An entry ticket for one person giving access to the Miller Zoo and its 60 animal species.

    Starting at

    $99.99 /adult

    The price may vary depending on the cruise date. Optional products and taxes not included.

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  • Secrets of the archipelago of Isle-Aux-Grues

    Come aboard with the Lachance captains for a cruise that will reveal all the secrets of the 21 islands of the archipelago, including l'Isle-aux-Grues, the home of the famous painter Riopelle!

    Learn how islanders courted each other in the days when the best social network was the rowboat. Discover who owned the islands of the archipelago over time and find out about Great Grandma Pruneau’s clandestine visits to Sainte-Marguerite Island. The perfect cruise for curious folks!

  • In the wake of Riopelle

    In the wake of Riopelle is a benefit cruise to honor the artist's 100th birthday. Sail through the islands of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago and discover the maritime life, ice canoeing, migration and waterfowl hunting that so inspired Jean Paul Riopelle.

    In the company of Captains Lachance and Jocelyn Landry, director of the Montmagny Library and nature-culture guide, listen to the history of the territory where the artist lived. Let yourself be amazed by the flamboyant colors of a sunset on the river and the beauty of this natural and wild landscape. 

  • Razorbill Observation Cruise in Chaudière-Appalaches

    Come and observe the Alca Torda! Less than 35 minutes from Quebec City, come aboard the Vent des Îles and meet 1,000 little penguins during a guided and commented cruise available for a limited time.

    • Small penguins from the far east of the St. Lawrence come by the thousands to the islets of the archipelago to carry out their brooding
    • An exceptional opportunity to discover these fascinating creatures
    • In the company of specialized guides