Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

A guided tour

A girl, about 10 years old, managing a pony ride. Other girls wait their turn.

A pony ride near the Turriff Hall Hotel in Métis, c. 1930.

Private coll. (Wendy Turriff).

Métis once had a large English-speaking Scottish population. Every year, the arrival of many summer people and tourists brought a chance to make a little extra money or even real business opportunities. The Turriffs and Astles, for example, ran many hotels, chalets and cabins. Their children learned early on to work. These youngsters cared for the summer people’s children, worked in the laundry, cleaned rooms, etc. The young girl leading the pony in this photo is probably the daughter of one of these hotelkeepers.

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