Research Tips for Ships Passenger Lists to Canada
Ships Passenger Lists recorded the names of all passengers regardless
of their country of origin or nationality. This included visitors, students,
returning Canadians and passengers in transit to the United States.
Lists for the port of Quebec include
passengers who disembarked at Montreal
between 1865 and 1921. Those ports were closed during the winter months
when the St. Lawrence River was frozen.
Passengers from mainland Europe usually sailed to Great Britain, where
they boarded trans-Atlantic ships at ports such as Liverpool, London and
Some immigrants to Canada arrived at American ports. For example, many
ships sailed directly from Italy to New York.
Immigrants from Europe destined for western Canada landed at ports
on the East Coast, then continued their journey by train. The names
of train passengers were not recorded.
Ships arriving on the West Coast
carried passengers from Asia, Australia and Honolulu.