© Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Jean-Baptiste Dupuis coll., jbd223.
In the early 20th century, the large shipping companies began focusing their activities on the northern shore, where they owned hotels. Local officials and entrepreneurs saw a business opportunity and began their own ferry service between the two shores. Their company, Trans Saint-Laurent, even thought of building a hotel in Saint-Siméon. J. Camille Pouliot, who ordered this plan, was the president of Trans Saint-Laurent.
Notice that “Chalet de la rive” (riverbank cottage) can be read on the hotel’s pediment. To our knowledge, this hotel was never built.