Text from the back of the postcard:
Food always seems to taste so much better when it’s cooked outdoors – especially if it’s fresh caught trout for supper. Campsites and picnic grounds are plentiful and provide an exhilarating way to enjoy country that seems far from civilization, yet really isn’t.
Traditional Rural Life of the Gaspesie
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The inscription on this vintage postcard reads
“View from Camp Adams on Nepisiguit River, Bathurst, N.B.”
(Note logs floating in the river)
I learned from an article at The Miramichi Salmon Association that:
“Camp Adams has been in existence for more than a century. In the early days, anglers from as near as Newcastle and as far as Boston and New York came to this stretch of the Northwest Miramichi, some 20 miles from the hamlet of Wayerton. Today (sic 2000) the waters are still fished by anglers from both sides of the border as members or guests of of the Miramichi Fish and Game Club.” George Mumford
This is the fourth vintage postcard in a series I’m publishing to celebrate the 2009 Acadian Congress taking place this August in New Brunswick.
L’Industrie de Peche, Caraquet, N.B.
“Draggers” in Port
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When most people think of Quebec’s ethnic make-up, they think first of French-speaking, Catholic Quebeckers – and theycertainly makes up the overwhelming majority of early settlers. However, Quebec also had settlers of British origin (English, Scottish and Irish), and among these there was a substantial group of Anglo-Normans from the Channel Islands. These Channel Islanders settled on the Quebec and New Brunswick coasts of the Baie des Chaleurs (Chaleurs Bay) and they were there to get something that the Europeans of the time desperately wanted – codfish!
One of these Channel Islanders was my ancestor – Philippe Luce of Jersey – and as I don’t have any photographs of him I’ve decided to share this vintage postcard of fishermen on the beach splitting codfish near the now famous tourist destination of Perce Rock.
Splitting Codfish, Perce, Quebec
so I thought I would use the opportunity to share another vintage black and white postcard of Shippagan, New Brunswick. Quite a contrast to Lynne’s glossy fish cards, don’t you think !
L’Industrie de Peche – Codfish at Shippigan, N.B.
Draggers in Port – Caraquet, New Brunswick
Caraquet’s position on Chaleurs Bay was ideal for Early Acadian Pioneers and it also attracted many fishermen from the Channel Islands. One shore of Chaleurs Bay is in Quebec and the other in New Brunswick and it has long been known as a rich fishing area.
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Caraquet is not just a farming community. it sits on the Baie des Chaleurs – a magnificent fishing region, – so early Acadian settlers could harvest both the land and the sea.
Detail: Men working on a beach – I believe with a winch to bring a boat up onto the beach.
Detail: A Fishing Boat
8-18-38 – Gaspe
Today has been beautiful although yesterday was quite rainy. The Apalasions Mountains in the background of this picture are the same and similar to those in Pa. The coastiline and typical natives with their fishing and lumbering industries are very interesting. I am getting some good lesson in French also. Hope you are enjoying J.P.J. and the suspense (?) sincerely Ed.B
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In most old Gaspe, Quebec fishing postcards, the fish cleaning tables were set on the beaches.
Here we see wooden tables and wooden kegs right out on the wharf.
Most of these fishing families were of French-Canadians or Jersey origin.
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A beautiful picture. A place, I am very familiar with. It looks very different now. My house is less than 50 feet from the water line. It is one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Very interesting; where the bay meets the river, salt and fresh water meet.The scenery is georgeous the mountains and beaches are beautiful.A place one must visit. Patricia Ste.Croix Anett
C’est une bien belle carte. J’adore ce petit village de pêcheurs en Gaspésie. Il avait surement beaucoup de charme et a dû bien changé. J’aime bien ses couleurs monochrome-vertes. Tu vas rire, Evelyn Yvonne si je te dis que cette région m’a été révélée par l’emission de Nicolas le cuisinier lorsqu’il se déplaçait au domicile d’apprentis cuisiniers. Je le trouvais bien sympathique, et bien moins “guindé” que nos cuisiniers étoilés. Je me souviens aussi d’une chronique culinaire avec un spirituel Daniel Pinard. Catherine (Blog: the Five Of Us)
Catching the codfish was just the first of of many steps our ancestors went through to create codfish that would “keep”. This old postcard shows codfish being pressed on the beach.
Postcard Publisher: H.V. Henderson
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. Continue reading