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|• Empress of Ireland
|16 y/o +||22 $||15.75 $||9.50 $|
|8-15 y/o||14.25 $||9.25 $||7 $|
|NO RESERVATION REQUIRED / Including taxes /|
*Please note that 15 or more people are considered a group.
Group visits are available by reservation only! Please contact us at (418)724-6214 for information on planning your visit, availability and fees.
Complimentary admission is provided for
Our parking lot can easily accommodate several buses.
Note: The submarine can accommodate a limited number of people at a time and may therefore not be available immediately upon your group’s arrival. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
If you love the SHMP and its attractions and would like to visit more than once a year, you can buy a $30 season pass at one of the ticket counters or order one from us .
The season pass gives you unlimited access to the site for the whole season (June 11 to October 10, 2016) plus 10% off purchases at our gift shop, La Grande Marée.
For more information, click on “Contact Us”.
Explore the Treasures of the Empress of Ireland exhibit and the impressive collection of artifacts recovered from the ship after it sank in what remains the greatest maritime tragedy in Canadian history. You will learn everything about the 14 minutes that sealed the fates of the 1,477 passengers and crew members. Children will enjoy discovering the ship as they follow Emmy, the ship’s cat, who, luckily for him, left the transatlantic liner before it departed Quebec on its final voyage.
To learn more about the tragedy of the Empress of Ireland and to read stories shared by descendants of passengers and crew members, go to our History section.
THE LAST JOURNEY
A MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION
Discover the ship in this astounding presentation, winner of the Société des musées du Québec’s best audiovisual show award in 2013. This 20-minute show features visual and sensory effects that will make you feel like you are actually on board the Empress of Ireland in the hours leading up to her tragic end.
Visit Hangar 14 and go back in time to the beginning of the 20th century as you explore Life in Quebec in 1914. Perfect for families, the exhibit features interactive elements that invite you to touch, handle and have fun as you learn. Do you have any idea what was in a dentist’s kit in 1914? It’s terrifying!
GRAND JOS CONNAISSANT
Show completed for this season
Grand Jos Connaissant is Hangar 14’s genial resident know-it-all. He shares fascinating anecdotes about the dawn of the modern age in the early 20th century. This funny family-friendly presentation is 20 minutes long.
Come aboard the Onondaga, Canada’s first publicly accessible submarine, and learn what life was like for the 70 men aboard this 90-metre behemoth that criss-crossed the North Atlantic from 1967 to 2000.
Your self-guided audio tour inside the submarine is full of surprises. You’ll see everything from the powerful motors, the narrow beds, the control room, sonar and periscopes to the layout of living quarters, the galley, the electrical and hydraulic systems and the impressive torpedo room.
Sample of your audio tour
“Discovery Tour” This family adventure features a former submariner and his nephew on a tour of the submarine. As they journey out to sea, they meet crew members who discuss their jobs and life aboard the submarine.
Constructed in 1909, the Pointe-au-Père lighthouse played a key role in the history of navigation on the St. Lawrence River. Follow your guide up the 128 steps of Canada’s second-highest lighthouse (33 m) and admire the 360° view of Pointe-au-Père, the river and the shoreline. Learn about why and how it was built and how all of the different parts work.
VISIT THE LIGHTHOUSE STATION
The SHMP and Parks Canada invite you to explore the buildings that make up the Pointe-au-Père lighthouse station, which was operational until 1998.
The Lighthouse Keeper’s House features two exhibits: one showcases 50 years of research by Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Service, and the other delves into the wreck of the Empress of Ireland and the diving expeditions that explored it. See diving suits like those used in 1914, 1964 and the 1980s, as well as videos filmed in the depths where the ship lies.
Visit the Fog Alarm Shed to learn about sound signals. From the cannon to the electronic fog horn, from the Scotch siren to the diaphone, you will discover some of the systems housed in the shed over time to signal the presence of ships on the river in foggy weather.
Gift Shop & Services
La grande marée
Visit one of the few maritime-themed gift shops in the region. Located in the Onondaga flag, our gift shop proposes you numerous and exclusives items, quality crafts, in connection with our themes:
Most of these objects and accessories are made here, in Quebec! An ideal place for an uncommon present!
Playground and Outdoor Seating Areas
Relax a while at the picnic tables on our grounds. Kids can get some fresh air while they enjoy the playground boat and the swings!
The SHMP's two free parking lots can accommodate vehicles of all kinds. Parking is also available on the Pointe-au-Père wharf.
Located right on the Route Verte, Quebec’s network of bikeways, the SHMP offers cyclists a breathtaking view of the marine estuary. What a great place for a bike ride! Bike racks are available.
A preview of your visit
The Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père (formerly the Musée de la mer) is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 by a group of divers who were all passionate about the Empress of Ireland. They assembled a collection of artifacts recovered from the wreck in the hopes of sharing the story of the May 29, 1914, sinking of the transatlantic liner with as many people as possible. The tragedy claimed the lives of 1,012 people and is, in many ways, comparable to the sinking of the Titanic.
In 1982, the Musée de la mer left the exhibit space it had occupied for two summers at the Institut maritime du Québec in Rimouski, partnered with Parks Canada, and moved to the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site, which it began to develop. In 2000, the Musée de la mer built the Empress of Ireland Pavilion, which houses a multimedia projection room, an exhibit hall and a visitor centre.
In 2005, the organization broadened the range of experiences available to visitors by acquiring the Onondaga submarine, which was decommissioned by National Defence in 2000.
In December 2006, the Musée de la mer changed its name to reflect its growth and broaden its scope. It officially became the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père (SHMP).
After a number of setbacks, the Onondaga submarine finally came to rest alongside the Pointe-au-Père wharf. Over 92,000 people visited in 2009, the first year she was open to the public.
In 2014, the SHMP marked the hundred-year anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland. Descendants of passengers were invited to participate in the commemorative activities, and the event was a resounding success. Hangar 14 was inaugurated that same year, complementing the SHMP experience with an exhibition that takes visitors back in time to explore life in Quebec in 1914.
The SHMP is located on a spit that reaches out to the river near the former St. Lawrence pilots’ station and the wharf. These elements combine to create a distinctly maritime feel and show off a magnificent view of the marine estuary.
A major tourist attraction in the Lower St. Lawrence region, the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père attracts over 50,000 visitors every year and is proud to promote the region’s maritime history.
From the very beginning, the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père’s mission has been to share the region’s and the province’s maritime history and marine environment.
The SHMP’s primary objectives are as follows:
To carry out this mission, the organization collects objects related to its theme and conserves and displays its wonderful collection of artifacts, most of them recovered from the wreck of the Empress of Ireland. The organization also conserves other objects related to regional maritime history and the activities of the Onondaga submarine.