Visit the Onondaga, Canada’s first submarine open to the public!
Board the submarine and find out about the daily lives of the 70 men who lived for months at a time in this 90-metre (300-foot) submarine. Examine the complex mechanics of the submarine and the technology used for underwater detection. The 45-minute audio-guide commentary simulates going out to sea off Rimouski and will plunge you into this fascinating and little-known world. In addition, you can spend a night aboard the Onondaga
. You will be welcomed by the coxswain and will play the role of an apprentice submariner for the duration of a fun-filled night! Since 2012, you have the option to enjoy a new audio-guided tour.
The Empress of Ireland Museum
presents the history of the Empress of Ireland
passenger ship, from its construction in 1906 to its tragic sinking on May 29, 1914, which killed 1012 people. Visit the historic site and learn all there is to know about this magnificent ship. Discover a large collection of artefacts from the wreck, period photos, interactive terminals and eyewitness accounts. Since 2012, you can enjoy a new multimedia show.
The Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse
played a central role in the history of navigation on the St. Lawrence River. Built in 1909, this lighthouse is one of the tallest in Canada and one of the few to still have its prism. A guided tour will take you to the top, where you can admire the fabulous view.
The lightkeeper’s house
is home to several exhibits that explain the role of Pointe-au-Père in Canadian maritime history. On the second floor, learn about the many divers who have explored the wreck of the Empress of Ireland
The foghorn shed
presents the evolution of aural aids to navigation, which replaced the light from the lighthouse when weather conditions made it impossible for mariners to see.
Activities for children are offered in the workshop
, including a simulation of a dive into the wreck and a treasure hunt. In addition, participants can sit in the life-size replica of the submarine used by Tintin in Red Rackham’s Treasure
. Offered in the afternoon from mid-June to mid-August.
- Opening dates
From May 28 to October 5
- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (tickets sold until 5 p.m.). Off-season: upon reservation for groups
- See website for details
- Recommended for groups and during off-season
- Payment methods
- Activities available in summer
Visit the Onondaga, Canada’s first submarine open to the public! Board the vessel and discover the lives of the men who lived in this 90-metre (300-foot) submarine. The audio-guide commentary will plunge you into a fascinating and little-known world.
The Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse was built in 1909, the third to have been built on this site. A guided tour will take you to the top of the lighthouse, one of the tallest in Canada, where you can admire the prism and take in the fabulous view.
Pointe-au-Père has contributed significantly to Canadian maritime history: a pilot station, four lighthouses, a Marconi telegraph office and a quarantine office were all built on this site. It also received the SOS from the Empress of Ireland.
The tragic sinking of the Empress of Ireland killed 1012 people. Discover a large collection of artefacts, photos and eyewitness accounts. Visit the lighthouse and the lightkeeper’s house to understand the role of the pilot station in this event.
As one of the main themes of the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site is the history of the Empress of Ireland, this site is a favourite among scuba divers.
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No pets allowed
Restaurant or snack bar
- How to get there
Via Highway 20, exit 621, or Route 132, take Rue Père-Nouvel towards the St. Lawrence.
- Affiliations and distinctions
- SMQ (association of Québec museums)
- Canadian Museums Association
- Parks Canada partner
- Corporation des gestionnaires de phares de l'estuaire et du golfe du Saint-Laurent
- Tourisme Rimouski
- Tourisme Bas-Saint-Laurent
- Québec Tourist Attractions Society (SATQ)
- National winner of a Québec Tourism Award (Grand Prix du tourisme québécois) in 2001, 2004, 2010 and 2012.