Islet

  • Islet
  • Québec

Islet is a small coastal community located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River halfway between Quebec City and Rivière-du-Loup. The village is home to the Musée maritime du Québec, the largest maritime museum in Canada. The museum has a particular focus on the life of Captain Joseph-Elzéar Bernier. A son of L’Islet and a career navigator, Captain Bernier distinguished himself by asserting Canada’s sovereignty over the Arctic territory. The museum is located in a convent constructed in 1877, formerly owned by the Soeurs du Bon-Pasteur. The three storeys of the museum and the boathouse host a fascinating variety of exhibits on Québécois and Canadian maritime culture.