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Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Pere

1000, rue du Phare, Rimouski, Quebec G5M 1L8, Canada
+1 418-724-6214
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Nice place

Interesting place to spend your day if you are near Rimouski. Lots of activities to do there: the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Laval, Canada
A nice place to stop and have something interesting to see for a break

We stopped there to have a look at the light house and realized that there was a museum right... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sharon P
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A tourist attraction unique in Canada: a tour of the Onondaga submarine! Board the submarine and find out about the daily lives of the 60 men who lived for months at a time in this 90-m (300-ft.) 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!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 objects from the wreck, period photos, interactive terminals and eyewitness accounts. 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 lighthouse keeper’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 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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1000, rue du Phare, Rimouski, Quebec G5M 1L8, Canada
+1 418-724-6214
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting place to spend your day if you are near Rimouski. Lots of activities to do there: the lighthouse, the Irish museum, the submarine. The wind is strong even in July, but it worth.

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Annemarie B, Owner at Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Pere, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago


Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped there to have a look at the light house and realized that there was a museum right there. We didn't have much time so decided upon taking the sub tour. It was awesome; you have to wait your turn to get in but...More

Thank Sharon P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place was due to reopen mid June, just a few days after we left the area so disappointed that we were not able to visit the site. The plaques on the site were well done.

1  Thank Linda M
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Being the only octagonal lighthouse in Canada makes this a bit different but not being in a dramatic location, or even being able to get a good photo of it makes it a bit less than excellent. Being on location in may also meant that...More

1  Thank Anthony S
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Wow, what a tour! Self guided, with headsets in English and French, you can go at your own pace, and enjoy the submarine! I had been in a small one in Disneyland, but this is exceptional! Seeing the Survival suits (not at all like mine),...More

2  Thank apiutarde
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

The submarine visit was interesting but the other areas were closed for maintenance and the fare was still the same. Still fun if you are in the area.

1  Thank chuchette82
Reviewed 18 September 2016

As a Canadian Army Veteran I was very impressed with the work and ''rehabilitation'' made of this boat. One gets a good feeling for what the living conditions must have been onboard. Unfortunately the Empress Museum and Lighthouse were closed for renos but we had...More

1  Thank annaricardo
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We really enjoyed this exhibit. With the use of the free, well done audioguides (available in English and French, and apparently next year in Mandarin as well) we spent a very informative 30-40 minutes exploring this retired submarine (it is no longer in the water,...More

1  Thank debbie506
Reviewed 12 September 2016

There are 3 things/places to see and do here. 1. Go up into the lighthouse 2. Empress of Ireland museum 3. Onondaga submarine tour. The great part is you don't have to pay for all 3 - you can pay separately for each depending on...More

2  Thank SandySue123
Reviewed 11 September 2016

This site has something for everyone. The adventurous can clambour abord the real submarine and experience life as a submariner. History buffs can learn all about the Empress of Ireland disaster, where sadly, more travelers perished than the TITANIC. A stunning sea side view awaits...More

2  Thank Kristina J
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25 May 2017|
Response from Jack L |
At the present-June 20-is the Empress Museum & Lighthouse open or still under renovation? Thank you.
Jack L
29 March 2017|
Response from Annemarie B | Property representative |
I suggest that you take a look at : Tourisme Rimouski web site!
2 March 2017|
Response from Annemarie B | Property representative |
We are located 10 km east from downtown Rimouski, 1000 rue du Phare !