Since this year, war history enthusiasts have been able to travel to Rimouski to visit an authentic war submarine, the Onondaga submarine.
History of the submarine
The ONONDAGA is the Canadian submarine that has had the longest active career in the history of the Canadian Navy; He’s been on duty for 33 years. It has travelled in total more than 500,000 nautical miles, the equivalent of 23 times the turn of the Earth, about half of which have been traversed below the surface. He has visited more than 53 ports in 12 different countries and has been under the control of more than 25 commanders throughout his career. A great deal of this career took place under the auspices of NATO.
Visit of the submarine
As mentioned above, the Canadian submarine ONONDAGA was operating from 1967 to 2000. On entering the ship you will discover, the daily life of some sixty men who lived, for months, confined in a submarine of 90 meters. You will also be able to examine its complex mechanics and the technologies used for underwater detection. The visit, audio-guided, will plunge you into this fascinating and unknown world.
Sleeping in the submarine
For those who would like it, it is even possible to spend a night aboard the submarine! And yes! Original no? The question of really infiltrates of what it was to live in a submarine. But be careful, you have to book in advance. Many evenings are already full.
Other activities in Pointe-au-Père
In addition to the submarine, it is also possible to visit a lighthouse. Like the submarine, this lighthouse is also found on the site of Pointe-au-Père. As if it were not enough, as the last main activity, Pointe-au-Père allows you to visit an exhibition of the liner Empress of Ireland. Here’s a little bit of his story.
It was on the night of May 29, 1914, that in a fog bank, the liner Empress of Ireland, owned by the Canadian Pacific, collided with the Collier Storstad and sank, causing 1012 people to die. This tragedy remained for a long time probably unknown because of the outbreak of the First World War, which took place a few weeks after the tragedy.
By going to the Empress of Ireland Pavilion You can discover the exhibition “Treasures of the Empress of Ireland”, a permanent exhibition that presents the largest collection of objects of the Empress of Ireland while telling the story of the ship, from its construction to the shipwreck in 1914. In addition, at the end of the exhibition, it is possible to see the
3d projection “N/a S Empress of Ireland”.
As you can see, there are many options available to you by visiting the Onondaga submarine in Rimouski.
For more information, you can visit the official website of the Onondaga submarine and the Pointe-au-Père de Rimouski. Site Address