NATURAL BEAUTY OF GROSSE ILE
OLD HARRY BEACH
Relax, soak up the sun, take a nice long walk or swim in the salty, cool water. Made up of miles of pristine white sand and picturesque landscape, this world renowned beach is sure to please every member of your family! There are many services available at the site: washrooms, showers, parking and a boutique. The National Geographic rated Old Harry beach as one of the top beaches in the world.
EAST POINT WILDLIFE RESERVE
This National Wildlife Reserve is the sole ecosystem of its kind in Quebec. Its 684 hectare site includes all the elements typical of the archipelago’s landscape and wildlife, including many shorebirds and ducks.
SEACOW PATH RESTING SITE
Seacow Path was essential to the Island’s walrus hunt in the 1800’s. Now the site is a popular stop for visitors to admire the surrounding landscape, red cliffs and blue sea. During fishing season, one will often see fishing boats close to the shoreline particularly early in the morning.
BRION ISLAND AND BIRD ROCK
Isolated from the main archipelago, both Bird Rock and Brion Island have a fascinating and rich history. Homes to a lighthouse, these two islands were crucial to the Island’s passing ships.
ARTS, HERITAGE, and CULTURE
CAMI’S HISTORICAL HERITAGE SITE
Situated in the village of Old Harry, the CAMI Historical Heritage Site is the heart of the community’s culture and heritage. The complex consists of 2 museums; The Little Red School House Museum, (so, don’t be late for class!), the Veteran’s Museum and a Memorial Park. You can visit the newly renovated museums, take a guided tour or do a self-guided tour using new audio and visual technology. At the site you will also find a variety of activities all summer long that highlight our community’s unique culture and history, such as traditional workshops, local musical performances, and much more.
Check out the Little Red School House and Veterans Museum! (ADD HYPERLINK TO PAGE)
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
COMMUNITY INTERPRETATION PANEL
Throughout the community you will see interpretation panels highlighting areas that have significant meaning to the community and its heritage. There are 9 panels highlighting 11 different sites:
- Jacques Cartier site
- Miracle shipwreck
- Old Harry wharf
- St.Peter’s by the sea church
- Holy Trinity church
- Seacow path
- Flora and fauna
- Cape Dauphin Fisherman’s Coop, Brion Island, and Bird Rock (3 sites on one panel at the Grosse Ile North Harbour)
- Municipality of Grosse Île
JACQUES CARTIER SITE
Also situated in the village of Old Harry, this site commemorates Jacques Cartier’s visit to the Islands in 1534. Also on this site you will find an interpretation panel highlighting the significance of the “Miracle” shipwreck.
LA MAISON DU POTIER
Find a large selection of hand painted pottery! Get hands on and take part in a workshop. For more information, reach out to the boutique!
ST.PETER’S BY THE SEA CHURCH
The oldest Anglican Church on the Magdale Islands ! Be sure to take in the beauty of the unique sculpted doors.
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH
Famous for its stunning stained glass ; this church is a must see !