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Little Fox River or Petite Riviere au Renard, Gaspe



This detail of the beach at Riviere-au-Renard is quite grainy but it does allows you to see some of the fishing equipment of that time. Note the wooden tables which were probably used in much the same way as we see in the Marinage du Poisson postcard that I posted a few days ago.

A note on the back shows that tourists really enjoyed visiting the Gaspe region: “Dear Mother, Well you see we are around this far and are enjoying the best part of our trip so far. Lovely scenery and very quaint villages. Chas” The card was sent to a Mrs. M. Mc?ady in Winnipeg and appears to be postdated 1938.


For those of you unfamiliar with the Gaspe – it is a LARGE peninsula in northern Quebec. This tourist must have begun his trip on the western side (bordered by the St-Lawrence River) and had now crossed over at the top to reach Little Fox River. You can see from John Rapkin’s map of 1857, that Little Fox River was at the northernmost tip of the Gaspe – truly remote – Our tourist of 1938 probably did the same thing as our tourists of 2008 – he probably continued his trip down the eastern side of the Gaspe Peninsula which would have brought him alongside one of the richest fishing areas in the world – the Baie des Chaleurs.

Question – please help!

Here’s an enlarged detail from the postcard. I had read somewhere that in old postcards the photographer often took a landscape and combined it with figures from another picture.Can anyone tell me whether this could have been taken as one single picture, or whether the foreground and background are taken from different photographs?


 The Dunns of Petite Riviere-au-Renard, Gaspe

The First Dunns of Petite Riviere-au-Renard


Related Posts:

Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec

Further Reading:

La Collection W.H. Pugsley de Cartes Anciennes du Canada


February 13, 2009 - Posted by | .


  1. I’m sorry that I’m such a late girl! Noah invited 13 – 9 year old boys over to spend the night for his birthday! It was lovely but so stressful!

    Photographers of this time usually combined less complicated scenes. Usually only small details (airplanes flying in the sky) were added. This vintage postcard is such a treasure!


    Comment by Marie | February 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. Bonjour Madame,
    C’est avec plaisir que j’ai vu les photos de la Petite-Rivière-au-Renard de votre site. La photo avec les enfants n’a pas été retouché elle est bien connue dans notre famille puisque le deuxième petit garçon avec une casquette pale est mon oncle Lionel et la petite fille debout est ma tante Béatrice. Cette photo a été prise sur le terrain de la maison de mon père. Les cabanes sur le bord de l’eau servaient au pêcheurs pour y entreposer leurs matériels, ils pouvaient aussi y dormir.Plusieurs tempêtes les ont endommagé avec le temps si bien que les gens ont cessé de les batir à cet endroit. Pour sûr cette photo décrit un paysage réel de la Gaspésie de cette époque.
    Si vous avez d’autres photos de la Petite-Rivière-aux-Renards il serait intéressant de les voir sur votre site.
    À une prochaine fois. Alain Dunn

    Note from Evelyn: M. Dunn has provided some fascinating information above. I’ll be contacting him privately by email and then will post the information in English.


    Comment by Alain Dunn | August 19, 2009 | Reply

    • Cher M Dunn,
      Ma grandmere Josephine Cloutier Bois de l;Anse aux Griffons avait une grande photo de 3 soldats dont 2 sont morts à la 1ere guerre Odilon Euchariste et Adelard.Je me demandais si c’etait votre parente.Le petit fils d’Odilon veut faire la genealogie de son grandpere et aimerait de l’information.


      Comment by claudette crepeault | November 11, 2010 | Reply

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