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 – 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 […]

The Fur Trade of Quebec

FOR the last three centuries the fur trade on the North American continent has proved most fascinating to the speculative commercial spirits of the several European countries engaged in it. The chances for gain were immense if the cards proved propitious. The bolder spirits risked and either won or lost, but in the mean time […]

Quebec – Winslow Homer

FOR a number of years Winslow Homer came to Quebec en route to the Tourilli Club preserves, where he and his brother had built a picturesque camp of their own on the shores of a beautiful lake. Fishing and hunting alternated with sketching or painting on Winslow’s part. Again it is the Grande Decharge that […]

Quebec – Charles Huot

IF Krieghoff has a successor in Quebec the mantel has fallen upon Charles Huot as the delineator of French-Canadian life, customs and Canadian landscape, not that there is the least similarity in their methods, for while Krieghoff possessed a keen sense of humor with a limited technique wherewith to express it, Huot on the other […]