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Mighty, seaworthy and noble, the Ernest Lapointe icebreaker braved the icy waters of the St. Lawrence River for many years and wrote an important page of history.

The Ship Museum

The Ernest Lapointe icebreaker bears a particularly impressive and unique testimony to northern navigation. During its 37 years of service (1941-1978), the main function of the ship was to clear the ice on the St. Lawrence River between Montréal and Trois-Rivières. But this official Canadian government ship had many other adventures worthy of mention.

To make the most of your tour, visit the Icebreaker: an immersive sound experience on the Ernest Lapointe located on the third level of the Museum. A contemplative sound journey awaits you…  

Get on board the icebreaker

Have you ever seen a ship’s engine room? What is a seaman’s cabin like? How does a galley and an officers’ mess look like on board? Can you imagine how it feels to be at the helm of such a huge vessel? Experience these and more by touring this magnificent ship from bow to stern, from May to October. Wearing your own cell headphones, discover everything about the Ernest Lapointe during an audio tour and learn how Captain Robert Marchand and his crew faced the harsh northern climate with unflinching determination for three decades. 

Digital journey by mysmartjourney.com

Three good reasons to visit the Ernest Lapointe

  • To learn about the many outstanding achievements of one the last Canadian steamships;
  • To enjoy a memorable incursion into the maritime heritage of Quebec;
  • To freely explore every nook and cranny of a ship dating back to the 1940s.

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