Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

A religious people

A group gathered at the foot of a wayside cross in Saint-Denis-De La Bouteillerie.

A visit to the wayside cross on the hill leading to the sea in Saint-Denis-De La Bouteillerie (1900).

© Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Paul-Émile Martin coll., m05005.

English-speaking visitors were not indifferent to the religious fervor of the French Canadians, particularly in rural areas. Travellers were interested in their traditions (like praying at a wayside cross) and admired the architecture of their churches. However, many of these Protestant visitors found Catholic mores a bit too rigid when it came to beach attire. Though the Protestants’ rules of conduct in the Victorian era were strict, the Catholics’ seemed to them even more unyielding.

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