Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site

1000, rue du Phare
Rimouski (Quebec) Canada
G5M 1L8

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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.

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

June 10 to October 2


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

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  • Cash  Cash
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Activities available

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.
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. Don’t miss the “Yellow!” activities in 2016!
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 in 1914.


  • Childrens playground
  • Picnic area
  • No pets allowed
  • Boutique
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Conference/meeting room
  • 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


  • 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


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

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