FEBURARY 25TH UPDATE of 2018 Clan Egan Rally in Canada

FEBURARY 25TH UPDATE of 2018 Clan Egan Rally in Canada


Join your family members – MacAodhagains, Egans, Eagans, Eagens, Agins and Keegans – all descendants of Aodhagáin for our first Canadian Clan Egan Rally. We’re starting off and ending the rally in our nation’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario June 30th to July 8th 2018.  Throughout our travel route you’ll come to realize that the Irish played an important role in much of Canada’s history, the building of the Rideau Canal and establishment of the lumber industry are but two examples.  Success often came with great hardship, as you’ll find out throughout our travels.  Don’t forget to tell your Egan friends about this chance to get together to celebrate our common heritage!


We hope to see many of you again at the rally. Maureen Egan Kirincic and Kevin Egan 


Revised Itinerary


We expect the coach will be approx. $150 CDN per person, depending on the number of passengers on each coach.  


Our “Gala” Clan banquet dinner tickets will be between $40 – $50 CDN a person, which includes dinner and Irish entertainers.  This is to cover the hall rental, sound equipment and catered meal. The local musicians are very generously donating their time for what should be a very fun filled time.


Grosse Ile tour includes ferry to the island, park admission, guided tour and train ride through the village. The price is $59.99 CDN per person, children 6-12 years old $29.99 and 13-17 $46.99 + taxes.  


For most of the sites that we’ll be visiting, there are no admission costs. The times on the itinerary and admission costs (if any) will be posted closer to the rally dates.


Our days our often full but there will be plenty of time for meals and, of course, stretching breaks along the way!


Please notify us of your plans for the rally (dates, number of people) so arrangements can be made for enough Gala tickets and coach space etc. at:

maureen_eganrally2018@protonmail.com or kevin_eganrally2018@outlook.com  



Sat June 30 Ottawa ON

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Registration – PM- meet & greet
Sun July 1 Ottawa ON

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Canada Day celebrations

A full day and night of activities  

Mon July2 Quebec City QC

Hotel Chateau Laurier

Travel to Quebec City (444 km-4 hrs. 3 min)

AM- travel to historic Quebec City

Afternoon- optional guided sightseeing tours, great shopping, visit local historical sites. Most within walking distance from our hotel


Tues July 3 Quebec City QC

Hotel Chateau Laurier

Quebec City toBertheir-sur-Mer (ferry dock) to Gosse Ile (70 km-55 min)

Ferry to Grosse Ile. Spend the day there. Guided tour and a train ride around the Ile.

Return to Quebec City for the night

Wed July 4 Quebec City QC

Hotel Chateau Laurier

Optional guided sightseeing tours, great shopping, visit local historical sites many within walking distance from our hotel
Thurs July 5 Ottawa ON

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Travel to Ottawa (444 km-4 hrs. 3 min)

AM- travel back to Ottawa

Afternoon- continue to visit local sites, optional guided sightseeing tours or just a day to relax in a Pub

Fri July 6 Ottawa ON – Eganville ON

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Travel to Pontiac QC – Eganville ON (136km-1 hr. 53min)

Eganville – Ottawa (132 km-1hr. 28min)

AM travel to Pontiac County QC & Eganville ON day trip
Sat July 7 Ottawa ON

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

AM – Supreme Court of Canada and House of Commons tours. Local sites

PM- Gala Dinner and Irish entertainment at Saint Brigid’s Centre For The Arts

Sun July 8 Dismissal Travel home



100 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R7

P 613.783.4233   F 613.783.4228

Parking pass at front desk with unlimited in and out: $23 ($25.99 tax included) per day

Valet parking with unlimited in and out: $29 ($32.77 tax included) per day

I have a local person looking into an additional parking lot close to the hotel.

Hotel reservation link for our first stay June 30th & July 1st


Hotel reservation link for our second stay July 5th, 6th & 7th


Reservation under ‘EGAN RALLY”

June 30th & July 1st   

(price difference due to holiday weekend)

Single $209.00 CDN

Double $209.00 CDN

Additional Person $20.00 CDN

July 5th, 6th & 7th

Single $159.00 CDN

Double $159.00 CDN

Additional Person $20.00 CDN

Plus: local taxes (currently 13% HST & 4% Municipal Accommodation Tax)


1220 Place George- V Quest

Quebec City (QC) G1R 5B8

P 418.522.8108 *1.800.463.445 F 418.648.9929

Parking through the hotel $20.00 CDN daily with in & out or and out privileges.

Hotel reservation link:


Click – Book online, Book NOW

GROUP CODE 24979 must be provided

Reserved under “EGAN FAMILY”

July 2nd & July 3rd

Single $164.00 CDN

Double $164.00 CDN

Triple $184.00 CDN

Quad $204.00 CDN

July 4th

Single $179.00 CDN

Double $179.00 CDN

Triple $194.00 CDN

Quad $214.00 CDN

*children age 17 or younger stay free provided they share a room with their parents. No more than 4 guests may share a room

Other room categories – must be booked over the phone

Plus: Accommodation tax 3.5%, Federal goods and service tax 5% & Quebec sales tax 9.975%


Irish sites within the City of Ottawa


  1. Rideau Canal – constructed mainly by Irish navvies along with some Scottish stone masons, French Canadians and First Nations peoples. Over 1,000 Irish died building the canal primarily from malaria. The canal runs from Ottawa to Kingston. 
  2. Celtic Cross Memorial at the first lock on the Rideau Canal near the Ottawa River. 
  3. Plaques along the canal to commemorate various historical events among the Irish community. 
  4. Corktown Bridge that crosses the Rideau Canal at the settlement of Corktown where the families of the canal workers lived. 
  5. Sparks Street where the assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee took place. 

6, The Old Ottawa Gaol where the Patrick Whelan was hung for the assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee. 

  1. Saint Patrick’s Basilica on Kent Street, the Roman Catholic church where many Irish worshiped. 
  2. Barrack Hill where bodies of Irish canal workers and families were recently exhumed at the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe Streets. These bodies were re-interred October 1st in Beechwood Cemetery in the east end of Ottawa. 

All these locations are within walking distance of the hotels. 

9/ Aylmer Quebec is now part of the City of Gatineau.  John Egan is one of the founders. There is a street named after him there. Aylmer is about 5 km from downtown Ottawa. 


Sites in Quebec City  


  1. Within the walls of Old Quebec, Fortifications of Quebec City and World Heritage Site  

Montmorency Park, site of the Parliament Building during John Egan’s years as a member:  

The Notre-Dame de Quebec Cathedral, the Anglican Cathedral and churches of other religious communities;  

St. Patrick’s Church on McMahon Street, in service from 1833 until 1962 and whose walls are now incorporated into the Hôtel-Dieu Research Centre;  

St. Patrick’s School on McMahon Street, in service from 1884 until 1918 and now used as a part of the Hôtel-Dieu Oncology Research Centre;  

The Celtic Cross on McMahon Street donated in 2000 by James Callery and the Strokestown Park Manor and National Famine Museum of Strokestown, Ireland  

The former St. Patrick’s Parish Presbytery on St-Stanislas Street and the epigraph to Father Patrick McMahon;  

Buildings within the walls of Quebec City with elements that reflect the Irish presence e.g. Old Court House on Place d’Armes, Chien d’Or Tavern, Leonard roof sign, Canadian coat-of-arms on the Porte St-Jean (St. John’s Gate).  

Chalmers-Wesley Church on Ste-Angele street  

  1. Below the walls of Quebec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoire Church, also used by the Irish community before the construction of St. Patrick’s Church;  

Little Champlain Street, home to many Irish families;  

Champlain street, site of the rockslide that killed 45 people in 1889;  

  1. Elsewhere in Quebec City Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain, a park inaugurated in 2008 for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City and integrating many of the timber coves used during the 19th century to store the square timber to be shipped overseas. 


Grosse Ille PQ


The Grosse Ile and the Irish Memorial National Site of Canada emphasize the importance of Irish immigration to Canada, especially through the port of Quebec, from the early 19th century to the First World War. 

Grosse Ile also commemorates the tragic events experienced by Irish immigrants mainly during the 1847 typhoid epidemic. 

Grosse Ile was the quarantine station for the port of Quebec, from 1832 to 1937 and was, for many, the principal gateway to Canada for immigrants. www.pc.gc.ca/grosseile 


  • Taken from the Parks Canada Discovery Map 



Pontiac County QC & Eganville ON


We’ll travel to Pontiac County QC (Province of Quebec) where John Egan was a partner in the Union Forwarding Company that ran steamboats on the Ottawa as well as a horse railway at Pontiac Bay. John Egan & company also ran sawmills in the area and rafted timber rafts to Quebec City for export to Liverpool. As a member of Parliament for the County of Pontiac, Egan secured funding to construct a canal to Pontiac which was intended to link Ottawa with Georgian Bay on Lake Huron.  “The Friends of Chats Falls” in Pontiac will host us for 2 hours and we’ll be given a light lunch and a presentation on John Egan’s connection there by Michael McBane (author). We’ll then proceed to Eganville for a couple of hours. We’ll be greeted by the Mayor, Jennifer Egan Murphy, and other town officials, visit the Bonnechere Museum’s, John Egan exhibit.  Professor Mark McGowan (author) is a professor at the University of Toronto.  He will provide insight into the Irish and their historic contribution to the Canadian fabric. He has a special interest in the Irish Famine migration to Canada and in levels of Irish recruitment during the Great War.  In 2009, his book Death or Canada was the basis for a joint Canada-Ireland docudrama on the Famine.   Mark’s books have won numerous awards.   


Optional guided tour of the Bonnechere Caves.  


Chapter meetings and a meal before heading back to Ottawa. 



Clan Egan Rally 2018 update Feb 25 2018 click here to download

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