Contact Us

Email cami@magdalenislands.ca
Phone 418-985-2116
extension # 1

Mailing

Address

787 chemin Principal
Grosse-Ile, QC
G4T 6B5
Fax 418-985 2113
How to get here
In 2009, the CAMI (Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders) embarked on the mission to improve the tourism offerings within the community of Grosse Ile.  The goal of this initiative was to plan and develop tourism activities, services and sites in Grosse-Ile, in order to diversify the local economy and improve the community’s viability.  This Initiative has provided the community with important knowledge about the tourism industry, as well as managing tourist facilities and activities. 

It has also provided plans and information for walking and biking trails, way finding and interpretive signage, and a comprehensive interpretation program.  Furthermore, the community currently has the plans and the costs for improvements of local tourism infrastructures.  These include multi-purpose spaces for carrying out interpretive and commercial activities relating to tourism.  This initiative has also provided pro-forma budgets and recommendations for generating the revenues needed to operate and maintain these new facilities and services.


Partnerships


From the very beginning, this initiative has been a partnership between CAMI, the Municipality of Grosse-Ile and CEDEC Magdalen Islands Office.  The initiative has been very fortunate in the support that they have received.  The types of partnerships built and fostered are impressive and vary from professional and community support, to financial contributions. 

As the achievement of this initiative depend upon the commitment and dedication of local and regional partners, it is imperative that those who contribute to its success are recognized:

Anglican Parish
Arrimage
Attention FragÎles
Byron Clark
Canada Economic Development
CERNIM
CLD des Îles
Eastern Shores School Board
East Point Management Committee  
Ministre des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire
CEDEC Magdalen Islands Office
Mines Seleine
Municipality of Grosse Ile
Regional Tourism Association
SADC des Iles

 

Key Successs to Date


Within the framework of this initiative, CAMI and collaborating partners have been able to make great progress.  To date, they have:

  • Increased their capacity to manage and co-manage large scale projects in a collaborative environment
  • Reinforced partnerships and their involvement in the Islands’ tourism sector
  • Enhanced their understanding of the tourism industry and the management of tourist facilities and services
  • Identified potential future developments that could not be realized within this project due to limitations in both time and resources  
  • Created a comprehensive interpretation program that is ready to be implemented
  • Acquired the plans and costs for local tourism infrastructures, trails, and complimentary equipment 
  • Obtained pro-forma budgets to ensure the feasibility of these developments

 

Implementation of Phase 1 in progress

Phase I
of the implementation of this plan consists of the improvement / development of the following four sites:


The Little Red School House: In 1989, the school house was transformed into a museum, the Little Red Schoolhouse, showcasing Anglophone history and culture on the Magdalen Islands. 

Developments: Restorations to the Little Red Schoolhouse will include improvements to the exterior and upgrades to current systems, in order to meet standards.  All restorations will respect the historical and heritage characteristics of the building. After restorations, the basement of the Little Red schoolhouse will house a much needed conference room and archive centre.  The ground level and second level of the museum’s interior will be restored to reflect the original schoolhouse, and will contain new modernized exhibits and interpretation tools.

Little-School-House-Interior-Design



The Veterans’ Museum: Several years ago, CAMI purchased the Veterans’ Museum, which honours the contributions and sacrifices of Veterans Island wide. 
 
Developments: The restorations to the Veteran’s Museum will include improvements to the exterior and upgrades to current systems, in order to meet standards.  This project also consists of an expansion of 320 square feet, which will provide the museum with a new entrance, additional exhibition space and a new, modernized interior layout.  The newly enlarged basement will be converted into offices for the organization’s staff and volunteers. 

Old Harry Beach Mini-Interpretation Center:  The Old Harry beach site is one of the most visited places in the eastern part of the Islands. This site currently offers visitors surveillance parking, rest areas, washroom and shower facilities, provided by the Municipality of Grosse-Ile.

Seacow-Paths-Resting-Area


 
Developments:  Previously, this site was the home to a local artisan cooperative, which closed its doors in the early 2000’s.  As the building still remains on this site, our plans are to re-invent this structure into a mini-interpretation center. The interpretation center will highlight the history of the fishing grounds of Old Harry, the numerous local shipwrecks, and the problem of erosion in the area.  This site will be managed in collaboration with the Municipality of Grosse-Ile.   
 
Seacow Path Site:  The Seacow Path Site has become a very popular tourist attraction over the years, as visitors are attracted to the unique beauty of the cliffs and coves in this area.  However, the site lacks any infrastructure needed to accommodate visitors.  This site also has great potential to direct tourist traffic to other local attractions, such as the CAMI museums and Old Harry Beach.  This site will be managed in collaboration with the Municipality of Grosse-Ile.
 
Developments:  In order to improve this site, a plan has been created to put in place a parking area, walking trail, resting area, a large spy glass, and interpretive signage.