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August 12, 2008 11:33 ET

Parks Canada: Grosse-Ile Demystified During Archaeology Month

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2008) - On August 14, 2008, Grosse-Ile and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada visitors can benefit from the presence of Pierre Cloutier, a Parks Canada archaeologist. He will be discussing the excavations of Grosse Ile's built heritage. This special activity is part of the Archaeology Month events.

The digs carried out over many years have provided a better understanding of how the quarantine station on Grosse-Ile functioned between 1832 and 1937. In that era, the island helped limit the spread of epidemics like cholera and typhus. Almost four million immigrants passed through the site.

Grosse Ile and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the importance of immigration to Canada from the early 19th century until World War I, as well as the tragic experience of Irish immigrants on the island, mainly during the 1847 typhus epidemic.

Parks Canada is proud to help present Grosse Ile's archaeological heritage during Archaeology Month.

To reserve, call 418-234-8841.

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Jo-Anick Proulx
    Acting Manager
    Grosse-Ile and the Irish Memorial NHSC
    Quebec Field Unit