Exhibition » Temporary

Nos étés dans Charlevoix

Nos étés dans Charlevoix

Charlevoix has attracted large numbers of summer residents from Quebec, the rest of Canada, and the United States in for the past 250 years. From June to September, they have returned to their “cottages” on “The Boulevard” (Chemin des Falaises) and in Cap-à-l’Aigle, Port-au-Persil, and other villages.

The first visitors were attracted by the many lakes and rivers teeming with trout and salmon. Scottish friends of seigneurs John Nairne and Malcolm Fraser were great salmon fishing enthusiasts and promoted the rivers of Charlevoix. By the 1830s, big cities were hit by cholera, and families in Montreal and Quebec City escaped to the clean air of the countryside. The cool waters of the St. Lawrence River, the salt spray, and the refreshing breezes were sought out to cure all sorts of ailments. The beauty and immensity of the Charlevoix landscapes, the warmth of the locals, and the enjoyable company of other vacationers all contributed to the summertime appeal of Charlevoix and La Malbaie.

Presented by Tourisme Charlevoix in collaboration with Ville de Baie-Saint-Paul and Ville de La Malbaie, as well as Route des saveurs de Charlevoix, this exhibition paints a picture of past summers and the region’s many long-term vacationers through a fascinating collection of artworks and objects representative of summer life in Charlevoix.

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