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Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site

Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père
  • A scale model of the <em>Empress of Ireland</em>
  • Hangar 14<br />
  • Onondaga Welcome Pavilion<br />
  • Bird\'s-eye view of the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site<br />
  • Sculpture by Roger Langevin in front of the Empress of Ireland Pavilion<br />
  • Gift shop at the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site<br />
  • Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site
  • Children interacting with Emmy, the ship\'s cat, in the <em>Empress of Ireland </em>exhibit<br />
  • The <em>Onondaga </em>submarine<br />
  • Operation November, a night spent aboard the <em>Onondaga </em>submarine
  • Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse and Empress of Ireland Pavilion<br />
  • The lighthouse tower<br />
  • Prism in the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse <br />
  • Model of the <em>Empress of Ireland</em><br />
  • Search periscope aboard the <em>Onondaga </em>submarine<br />
  • Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse
  • Foghorn shed<br />
  • The <em>Empress of Ireland </em>exhibit
  • The engine room in the <em>Onondaga </em>submarine
  • Crew the <em>Onondaga</em> for a night<br />
  • The <em>Empress of Ireland</em> exhibit<br />
  • Inside the <em>Onondaga</em><br />
  • Exhibit in Hangar 14<br />
  •  The <em>Onondaga </em>submarine at sunset<br />
  • Inside the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse<br />
  • Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse
  • Before boarding the submarine<br />
  • Canadian Pacific poster<br />
  • Postcard of the <em>Empress of Ireland </em><br />
  • Go on a tour of the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse<br />
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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 also enjoy a new multimedia show.

New: Built in 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, Hangar 14 features a fun temporary exhibit focusing on what life was like in Québec in 1914. How did people share music? What did they spread on their morning toast? Did blended families exist? Come and find out the surprising answers to 14 different questions!

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 fantastic view.

The lightkeeper’s house is home to a temporary Parks Canada exhibit entitled Dive Your History! 50 Years of Underwater Archeology at Parks Canada. The exhibit showcases 50 photos bearing witness to the richness of our underwater heritage and how the fascinating work of underwater archeologists has evolved over time. On the second floor, learn about the many divers who have explored the wreck of the Empress of Ireland since 1914.

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.
Opening dates
From June 6 to October 4
Schedule
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (tickets sold until 5 p.m.). Off-season: upon reservation for groups
Cost
See website for details
Reservations
Recommended for groups and during off-season
Payment methods
  • Cash Cash
  • Cheque Cheque
  • Interac Interac
  • MasterCard MasterCard
  • Visa Visa
  • Travelers Cheque Travelers Cheque
Activities available in summer
Interpretation Sites
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.
Lighthouses
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.
Maritime Heritage
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.
Museums
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.
Scuba Diving
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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Services
  • Childrens playground
  • Picnic area
  • No pets allowed
  • Bar
  • Boutique
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Conference/meeting room
  • Free parking
How to get there
Via Highway 20, exit 621, or Route 132, take Rue Père-Nouvel towards the St. Lawrence.
Affiliations and distinctions
Affiliations
  • Association of Québec museums (SMQ)
  • 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)

Distinctions
  • National winner of Québec Tourism Awards (2001, 2004, 2010, 2012)

Activities

Opening dates
From June 6 to October 4
Schedule
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (tickets sold until 5 p.m.). Off-season: upon reservation for groups
Cost
See website for details
Reservations
Recommended for groups and during off-season
Payment methods
  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Interac
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Travelers Cheque
Contact
1000, rue du Phare
Rimouski (Quebec) Canada
G5M 1L8
Phone: 418 724-6214
Fax: 418 721-0815

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