Lighthouses and Submarines a Dog Travels To Rimouski Quebec
Three hours North East of Quebec City you will find the surprisingly interesting stop of Rimouski. Right on the water’s edge, you will find Pointe-au-Père Site Historic. If you are looking for a really fun time that doesn’t exclude your pup entirely, and you’re able to do a bit of a hand-off (two people or caravan) it is well worth it. This is how we went about visiting this incredible site.
The site is broken down into three main attractions:
The Empress of Ireland Museum
This huge interactive exhibit is divided into sections to tell the heartbreaking story of the sinking of the steamship. It covers the diving expeditions to the wreck, then a listen to the testimony of passengers and their descendants, and of course, the actual sinking in 1914 which killed 1 012 people in only 14 minutes.
It showcases objects from the past illustrating life on board and there is a presentation on the construction of the ship in 1906. Finally, a multisensory show will immerse you in the Empress of Ireland’s last voyage.
Dogs not allowed so you will need to do a handoff. For this, I recommend you grab a little picnic lunch or snack and like us find a table to relax at while the other does the tour. It takes less than an hour if like Mom you just like to wiz through.
The Onondaga Submarine
Canada’s first publicly accessible submarine. You can enter and tour the 90-meter monster and come to appreciate the close quarters of the day-to-day lives of the 70 men (yes in those days it was just men) confined to this steel … well kinda like a coffin!
Mom is SUPER claustrophobic so it was an Oh heck no for her. That worked out well for me since dogs are not allowed. So while Dad enjoyed the self-guided audio tour, Mom took me out to the side and we had a fun little photo shoot!
This is the part that is more pet-friendly and we totally enjoyed it. We visited the old buildings of the lighthouse station (one human at a time since no dogs inside – although since I am SO small many of the employees chose not to see me in my pouch.
Mom liked the keeper’s house and the foghorn shed. But it’s the lighthouses that are the draw. How many people have heard of lighthouses for a river? Not an ocean or sea…? Yep!
The St-Lawrence River and all the sound signals. Erected in 1909, the Pointe-au-Père lighthouse is the 2nd highest in Canada. Its guided tour allows you to climb to the top and enjoy the view!
Personally, I was much happier on terra firma and visiting the small but really lovely little beach.
So if you happen to be in the area, you really should stop. It’s well worth it. You really don’t know who you might bump into!