Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

The end is near

Dozens of passengers waiting on a wharf where a very large cruise steamer is moored.

Passengers on the wharf in La Malbaie, c. 1950.

© Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Joseph-Adélard Boucher coll., jab1128b.

The Canada Steamship Lines put an end to passenger travel in 1965, choosing to focus its activities on the shipping of merchandise instead. It was a blow to Charlevoix’s tourist industry, especially for Tadoussac, which was less accessible than other eastern Quebec tourist destinations. A new industry of whale-watching would develop around the mouth of the Saguenay, with departures from either Tadoussac or Rivière-du-Loup.

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