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Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Celtic Cross Celebrations on Grosse Île

OTTAWA, August 19, 2009 - To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Celtic Cross celebrations on Grosse Île, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has made available on a selection of digital images related to the history and people of Grosse Île.

Grosse Île, an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, served as a quarantine station for the city of Québec from 1832 to 1937 and as the main point of entry for immigrants to Canada until the First World War.

Visitors to the LAC album at are encouraged to explore the interactive image collection, which allows people to comment, tag, and share content.

Related to the album on, LAC has worked collaboratively with Parks Canada on the development of an information kiosk at Grosse Île, providing remote access to the LAC virtual exhibition ARCHIVED - In Quarantine: Life and Death on Grosse Île, 1832-1937 and accompanying database Immigrants at Grosse Île. The exhibition tells the story of the quarantine station and the individuals who experienced life on the island. Through the database, visitors can access information on 33,026 immigrants whose names appear in surviving records of the quarantine station.

View the LAC photostream on Flickr:

View the Web exhibition ARCHIVED - In Quarantine: Life and Death on Grosse Île, 1832-1937:

Search the database Immigrants at Grosse Île:

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