Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial has been named a Canadian Signature Experience by the Canadian Tourism Commission
November 26, 2013
Parks Canada is pleased to announce that the “Meet the nurse Sarah Wade” experience at Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site has been named a Canadian Signature Experience by the Canadian Tourism Commission, a stamp of quality recognized in the international tourism marketplace.
Chosen for the collection along with 27 other new entries such as the Montréal en Lumière festival, Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site will now feature in the international marketing campaigns conducted by the Canadian Tourism Commission in its target markets, including Australia, the United States, Japan, and Mexico.
“Grosse-Île, and by extension the greater Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region, will enjoy outstanding international exposure,” said Hugues Michaud, manager of Parks Canada’s Québec Field Unit. “This prestigious designation by the Canadian Tourism Commission is a wonderful reflection of what Grosse Île has to offer?a profoundly human experience in an idyllic setting,” he added.
Meet the Nurse Sarah Wade
Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site offers visitors a myriad of activities, including tours of historic buildings, visits to famous landmarks, and an opportunity to discover the island’s rich natural heritage.
Meet the Nurse Sarah Wade experience gives visitors a chance to put themselves in the shoes of newly-arrived immigrants at the Grosse Île quarantine station in the early 20th century. In the company of Nurse Sarah Wade and quarantine officer Georges-Éli Martineau, visitors go through the medical inspection that all immigrants were subject to at the time.
It was the authentic nature of the activity that earned it a place in the Canadian Signature Experience collection. Visitors agree that it is an essential part of any visit to Grosse Île.
Canadian Signature Experiences
Canadian Tourism Commission built this collection in order to engage visitors in a series of memorable travel activities, revealed over time, that are inherently personal, engage the senses, and make connections on an emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual, or social level. These experiences respond to travellers’ desire to venture beyond the beaten tourist paths and immerse them in Canada’s natural environment and/or authentic local culture.