Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

A not-to-be-missed opportunity

An architectural sketch of a hotel.

The plans for a new hotel (by R. P. Lemay) for J. Camille Pouliot in Saint-Siméon, Charlevoix, 1910.

© 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.

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