Quebec – Cap Rouge the First French Colony in Canada

ALL that is beautiful, all that is picturesque of Cap Rouge and its approaches will soon be laid under the despoiling hands of the railroads that are to cross the valley on a great steel viaduct in order to reach the bridge over the St. Lawrence River. Before the tragedy is enacted let us glance […]

Quebec – At the Mekinac

THE “Ancient and Honorable,” the Commodore and, I were guests of that well known veteran of the American War. Capt. G. W. Batchelder of Boston, at his beautiful camp on Lake Chateau some eighteen miles from Grande Piles on the St. Maurice River. We had reached there after a day of journeying from Quebec with […]

Quebec – When the Habitant Weds and Old Customs Still Prevail

WHEN old Narcisse had deposited the tinette of butter in the hangard, made all the polite inquiries as to the health of the various members of the family, had swallowed his coup of whiskey blanc with many declarations of approval of the quality of that liquor as a throat scratcher, (grate la gorge), he then, […]

Quebec – The Maid of the Mountain

IT HAD been a long day on the Jacques Cartier River. We had run it in my canoe from far up among the mountains down into the valley where it ceases to fret and foam, and an occasional clearing on the bank indicated the pioneers’ struggle for foothold on the land. I had fished the […]

Quebec – The Maid of the Mountain – Pt. 2

About the middle of the winter that followed, a messenger from one of the hospitals came to me and said that an Indian by the name of Charlo, who was a patient in the institution, suffering from frozen feet wished to see me. I answered the summons at once, and found my quondam companion of […]

Quebec – Some Quebec Bird Notes

WHEN the inexorable railroad laid its hands on our old home ” Ravenscliffe, ” Cap Rouge, where for sixteen years we had browsed among the wild birds and wild flowers from spring until late autumn, and in winter followed on snowshoes the trail of the red deer, the fox, loup cervier, hare and partridge, we […]

Quebec – An Old Seignorial Deed

IN searching through some old family papers recently I came upon a deed, a grant of land (en seigneurie) by the commissioners for the Jesuit estates in the County of Quebec, to an officer late of the 60th Rifles. It is dated the 14th of February, 1821. The conditions of this grant under the old […]

Quebec – Beautiful Drives About Quebec

THE environment of Quebec is peculiarly beautiful. Nowhere on this continent is there such a blending of majestic grandeur of mountains with river and lovely peaceful valley. It is a panorama of surpassing magnificence and rural beauty which charms the eye and captivates the imagination, and it is ever changing in the varying lights of […]

Quebec – Horatio Walker

ALTHOUGH hailing from New York and where part of the winter months are even now spent, Horatio Walker has lived so much of the last 20 years on the Island of Orleans that he has come to be regarded by his habitant neighbours as one of them. He comes wth the birds in the early […]

Quebec – The Drawing of the Yarn

THE old angler picked up the fire stick, pried the half burned logs together, added a four feet cut from a dry chicot, and as the fire blazed tip fiercely, he dropped into his own seat with the remark, “Well, you fellows will soon find out the old man hasn’t lost all his bush cunning […]