Site Historique du CAMI

The Grosse-Île heritage complex gathers several significant components of the history and culture of English-speaking Magdalen Islanders. The complex includes the Little Red School House, Veterans' Museum, Grandma's Bakery, and Memorial Park. Over two hundred years of presence of English speakers in the region have had a considerable cultural and economic impact, and have left a significant built and oral heritage. Historical recreations, genealogical work, cultural initiatives, digital and interactive tools, and restoration projects teach visitors to the Islands about the importance of English-speaking population in the region, and celebrate the contributions of a community that remains vibrant today. The Little Red School House showcases the history of the Anglophone presence in the region and the particular importance of the village of Old Harry for the community, through guided tours or self-guided activities, archival material, and using new audio and visual technology. The Veterans' Museum and adjacent Memorial Park outdoor rest and picnic area pay homage to those who have fought for the country since 1914. The complex features a variety of cultural activities throughout the summer, such as traditional workshops, performances by local musicians and storytellers, and community celebrations. Knowledgeable local staff put a friendly face on two centuries of history, and interactive features invite visitors to join in. And the breathtaking beauty of the hills and sea around the Village of Old Harry are the perfect backdrop to relax, share a meal, and take a break!

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787, road Principal
Grosse-Île, G4T 6B5
(Quebec, Canada)

Phone : 418 985-2116 #1 Phone : 418 985-2116 #1


General information

Island Grosse Île Island
We speak Français, English
Additional Information
  • Partially accessible to persons with a physical impairment
  • Non-Smoking

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    Musées de la Petite École Rouge

    Come and discover a place where time seems to stand still. The Little Red School House is part of CAMI's Historical Heritage Complex, and is nestled in the small village of Old Harry within the Municipality of Grosse Ile. The Little Red Schoolhouse is a reminder of simpler times where students gathered into a one room schoolhouse to learn their daily lessons. At the Little Red Schoolhouse one can visualize the old classroom with the aid of the existing hardwood floor, chalkboard, and two original desks. Over the years the museum's collection has grown and evolved to include old photographs, stories, and artifacts that help depict days gone by. These items will bring you back in time and give you an inside view of the English speaking community and their way life. Veteran's Museum In any war, and certainly in the major global conflicts that riddled the twentieth century, small towns perhaps feel the human cost more sharply: the lives lost ripple through families, and through communities. The Veterans' Museum in the CAMI Heritage Complex is dedicated to the memory and historical role of English- and French-speaking Magdalen Islanders who served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. The museum collection includes interpretative panels, artifacts, letters, and medals, and notably features the diary of William Welsh, which he kept while he was in a prisoner-of-war camp in Hong Kong. The intimacy of history is further exemplified by the contributions of museum tour guides, whose anecdotes and local lore, often gleaned through word of mouth from relatives and friends, lend a personal authenticity to the broader, universal sweep of history. Located beside the Veterans Museum, the Memorial Park honours the brave men and women from the Magdalen Islands who died during World War II. Rates: Entrance for two museums (Veteran museum and the Little Red School House): Adult: $8, 50 years old and older: $7, 11 years old and under: free.

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    Musée de l'Île d'Entrée

    Isolated from the main archipelago of the Magdalen Islands, Entry Island is known as a pearl in the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence. In the middle of this tiny, pastoral island is nestled the Entry Island Museum. The museum, which houses a collection gathered through the generosity of Entry Island residents, is dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of Entry Island's rich history. The permanent collection and exhibits of farming and fishing equipment, veteran memorabilia, photographs, household objects, and oral history are reminders of how Magdalen Islanders used to live. The Entry Island Museum notably offers guided tours, providing information and insight into local lore, built heritage, and community knowledge that goes back two hundred years—English speakers settled the island in 1821-1822—and even earlier, to seasonal occupation by Mi'kmaq hunters.

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    Boulangerie Grandma's Bakery

    Inspired by the recipes of our ancestors, Grandma's Bakery produces fresh baked goods daily, including fresh bread, buns, pies, cakes, and cookies. It all started with a simple mission—offering the most authentic, the most delicious bread on the Magdalen Islands—and turned into a great passion! Grandma's Bakery has become a link between traditional treats and modern-day baking. In the heart of the east end of the Islands, right next to Old Harry Beach, Grandma's Bakery feeds locals and visitors alike, whether they're buying their daily bread, picking up some snacks for a picnic on the shore, or just stopping in to chat. Sought-after local preserves, jams, and lobster paste are also available. Stop by for a taste of Grosse-Île at Grandma's Bakery, and support a social enterprise: the bakery's mission extends beyond bread, to provide jobs to the local community.

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    Musée un peuple de la mer

    As anyone who lives by the sea will tell you, coastal life is both fortunate and fraught. As long as humans have been coming to the Magdalen Islands archipelago, the sea has been a source of sustenance: initially, the Mi'kmaq came to the islands seasonally to hunt walrus, and the earliest settlers who came from England, Scotland, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and France lived largely off bountiful fish. The sea also provides transport, and many ancestors of today's Magdalen Islanders sought refuge on the islands from famine or instability elsewhere. Yet the waves, storms, and shoals can also be dangerous. Over a thousand vessels have wrecked in the sandy banks and shallow waters of the archipelago. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries especially, heavier navigation, combined with strong currents and the absence of lighthouses, meant many vessels were lost in the area, each with its own legends and lore, which have become part of the Islands' history over the years. The former Anglican church of St.-Peters-by-the-Sea, in the village of Old Harry, was built with wood salvaged from shipwrecks. Given the building's origins, it is fitting that today the deconsecrated church is home to a permanent exhibit that tells the stories of many of the Magdalen Islanders who have perished by the waters, including in shipwrecks. The moving “A People of the Sea” exhibit features photographs, interpretative panels, and artifacts that bear witness to losses that have touched every family on the Islands at one time or another. “A Wreck at Old Harry” exhibit To live on an island is to live with the ocean—its bounty, its beauty, and its storms. The shores and shoals of the Magdalen Islands have seen hundreds of shipwrecks over the years, most in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, before the advent of modern navigation. This interactive exhibit recounts the voyage of one of these ships, the Miracle, through the eyes of a fictional character.

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Dates and opening hours

  • Open year round

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