Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site

1000, rue du Phare
Rimouski (Quebec) Canada
G5M 1L8
Phone:
+418-724-6214
Fax:
+418-721-0815
Email:
info@shmp.qc.ca

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The Empress of Ireland Museum: Discover Canada’s worst maritime disaster

  • Empress of Ireland: The Story Continues exhibition: Relive the fascinating destiny of this ocean liner in reverse chronological order, from dives to the shipwreck to the ship’s tragic sinking in 14 minutes on May 29, 1914, to its construction in 1906. Discover over 200 artefacts from the wreck, period photos and videos, accounts by passengers and their descendants as well as ship models.
  • The Last Journey multimedia show (online only in 2021): Experience the last voyage of the Empress of Ireland during this amazing multimedia show!

The Onondaga submarine: Enjoy a unique experience in Canada!

  • Audio tours (available in English and French): Board the Onondaga and discover what daily life was like for the 70 crew members who lived for months at a time in this 90-metre (300-foot) submarine. Examine the complex mechanics of the ship’s powerful engines as well as the control room, sonars and torpedo room.
  • New in early August 2021: Outdoor interactive tour (on a tablet): Discover the submarine’s various systems and how they worked. How was a torpedo launched? Why does the ship have diesel engines when the propellers are powered by electric generators? All your questions will be answered during this fun family activity.
  • Overnight on the submarine (not available in 2021; in French only, reservations required): Spend a unique evening and night aboard the Onondaga! You will be welcomed by the coxswain and asked to play the role of an apprentice submariner as you complete various immersive tasks.

The Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site: Explore 100 years of history

  • Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse (no indoor access in 2021): Built in 1909, the lighthouse is the second tallest in Canada and one of the few to still have its prism. A guide will tell you more about the history of the lighthouse at the foot of the building.
  • Lightkeeper’s house (closed in 2021): Visit the Beacons Burning Bright exhibition, which showcases the lighthouses of the St. Lawrence. Discover photos and amazing scale models.
  • Foghorn shed (closed in 2021): Learn about the sound signals that replaced the light from the lighthouse when weather conditions made it impossible for mariners to see.

Opening dates

Submarine and museum: June 19 to October 11


Schedule

Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (tickets sold until 5 p.m.)

Cost

Visit the website and click on “Fees & Infos.”

Reservations

Recommended for groups and during off-season

Payment methods

  • Visa  Visa
  • MasterCard  MasterCard
  • Interac  Interac
  • Cheque  Cheque
  • Cash  Cash
  • Travelers Cheque  Travelers Cheque

Activities available

Museums
Visit an immersive exhibition and learn about the fascinating history of the Empress of Ireland, which sank in 1914 in only 14 minutes. Discover over 200 artefacts from the wreck and experience the ship’s last voyage during a multimedia show.
Interpretation Sites
Visit the Onondaga, Canada’s first submarine open to the public! Board the 90-metre (300-foot) steel vessel for an audio-guided tour to discover the fascinating daily life of the 70 crew members who lived in this submarine for months at a time.
Lighthouses
Built in 1909, the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse is the second tallest in Canada. A guided tour will take you to the top, where you can admire a fabulous view. Discover the exhibitions in the lightkeeper’s house and the foghorn shed.
Maritime Heritage
Pointe-au-Père has contributed significantly to Canadian maritime history: a pilot station, 4 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 in 1914.


Services

  • Childrens playground
  • Picnic area
  • No pets allowed
  • Boutique
  • Free parking

How to get there

Take exit 621 off Highway 20 or Route 132, then take Avenue du Père-Nouvel towards the St. Lawrence.


Affiliations and distinctions

Affiliations

  • 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)
  • Member of the Canadian Signature Experiences Collection

Distinctions

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

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