Between 1832 and 1937, Canada experienced a rapidly increasing influx of European immigrants fleeing famine, war and disease. One of the most popular destinations was Quebec City. Merchant ships jumped at the opportunity to fill their empty ships with passengers on the westerly Atlantic crossings. In order to prevent the spread of disease into the country, a quarantine station was set up on Grosse île for the port of Québec. During this time, the island was the main point of entry for immigrants coming to Canada and witness to one of the greatest tragedies this country has ever seen. During what became known as the 1847 Crisis thousands of hopeful immigrants, mostly from Ireland, lost their lives in quarantine and on the treacherous journey to a better life.