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Summer Holidays!

Vacations are a timeless joy. Whether they’re spent close to home or further afield, there’s a feeling of freedom and relaxation that can’t be matched. Since the invention in 1888 of the Kodak, the first camera that was both portable and easy to use, holidays have invariably meant holiday snaps. Road trips, days at the cottage, fishing and swimming jaunts, country hikes, sailing excursions – all appear again and again in photo albums immortalizing these happy times.

In Quebec, holiday destinations have scarcely changed since people started taking snapshots: vacationers still flock to the Gaspé Peninsula, with its famous Percé Rock, the Charlevoix hills, the lakes of the Laurentians and the Eastern Townships, and – for those who really want to get away from it all – the shores of the majestic St. Lawrence.

  • <i>Three young ladies from the Braithwaite family, Tadoussac, Quebec<i>, 1905. Gift of Patrick McG. Stoker, M2004.160.42.23, McCord Museum
  • <i>Swimmer, Métis-sur-Mer(?), Quebec</i>, 1906. Gift of Mrs. Anson C. McKim, M2003.36.3.73, McCord Museum
  • <i>Esther Dubuc on the beach, Tadoussac, Quebec</i>, 1914. Gift of Châteauguay Perrault and Valérie Migneault Perrault, MP-1999.18.1.332, McCord Museum
  • <i>“Fishing at Lake Nicolet”: Mr. Gagnon, Châteauguay and Gustave, Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens, Quebec</i>, 1916. Gift of Châteauguay Perrault and Valérie Migneault Perrault, MP-1999.18.2.64, McCord Museum
  • <i>Four female swimmers holding a piece of kelp, Kamouraska, Quebec</i>, 1916. Gift of Mrs. Charles Wagner, MP-1980.32.2.63, McCord Museum
  • <i>Gilberte Christin at the Club on Lake Chapleau, La Minerve, Quebec</i>, 1918. Gift of the Cardaillac family, M2001.8.36.32, McCord Museum
  • <i>“On the way to the rock”: Pauline Christin at Percé Rock, Percé, Quebec</i>, 1925. Gift of the Cardaillac family, M2001.8.33.157, McCord Museum
  • John G. M. Le Moine, <i>Alex, Bear, Chase and Alex on top of the mountain at L’échafaud aux Basques, Baie-Sainte-Catherine, Quebec</i>, 1927. Gift of Anthony G. Lemoine, M2013.96.10.49, McCord Museum
  • John G. M. Le Moine, <i>Aboard the St. Patricks, at anchor near Murray Bay, Quebec</i>, 1929. Gift of Anthony G. Lemoine, M2013.96.10.110, McCord Museum
  • John G. M. Le Moine, <i>Ruth, Dot and Charlie at the island of Le Pèlerin du Jardin, Saint-André, Quebec</i>, 1929. Gift of Anthony G. Lemoine, M2013.96.10.113, McCord Museum
  • <i>“On vacation at the cottage O.K.”: Gilberte Christin on the veranda, Les Éboulements, Quebec</i>, 1930. Gift of the Cardaillac family, M2001.8.35.235, McCord Museum
  • <i>“Two shots for 10 cts”: Gilberte Christin and her friend Yvette, Les Éboulements, Quebec, 1930</i>. Gift of the Cardaillac family, M2001.8.35.250, McCord Museum
  • Attributed to Robert E. Cooper, <i>“Some of the gang staying at Broadview,” Lake de l'Achigan, Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec</i>, 1930. Gift of Marjorie D. Cooper Gawley, M2004.94.33.65, McCord Museum
  • Attributed to Robert E. Cooper, <i>“An afternoon nap,” Lake de l’Achigan, Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec</i>, 1930. Gift of Marjorie D. Cooper Gawley, M2004.94.33.79, McCord Museum
  • Attributed to Robert E. Cooper, <i>Allan plunging into Lake de l’Achigan, Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec</i>, 1931. Gift of Marjorie D. Cooper Gawley, M2004.94.35.41, McCord Museum
  • Attributed to Robert E. Cooper, <i>Allan plunging into Lake de l’Achigan, Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec</i>, 1931. Gift of Marjorie D. Cooper Gawley, M2004.94.35.42, McCord Museum
  • John G. M. Le Moine, <i>Bob Coristine, Dorothy Fox, Bubbles O’Brien and Catherine MacPhail at anchor near the island of Le Pèlerin du Jardin, Saint-André, Quebec</i>, 1932. Gift of Anthony G. Lemoine, M2013.96.10.175, McCord Museum
  • Attributed to Robert E. Cooper, <i>Marge and Gissie on the shore of the St. Lawrence River, Longueuil, Quebec</i>, 1933. Gift of Marjorie D. Cooper Gawley, M2004.94.36.52, McCord Museum
  • <i>Road trip in the Gaspé, from Sainte-Anne-des-Monts to Rivière-au-Renard, Quebec</i>, 1933. Gift of the Cardaillac family, M2001.8.35.366, McCord Museum
  • John G. M. Le Moine, <i>Crossing the river by car, L'Isle-Verte, Quebec</i>, 1934, Gift of Anthony G. Lemoine, M2013.96.11.211, McCord Museum
  • Attributed to Robert E. Cooper, <i>“We eat”: Marjorie, Idamae and George having a picnic, Rawdon, Quebec</i>, 1934. Gift of Marjorie D. Cooper Gawley, M2004.94.36.76, McCord Museum
  • Attributed to Robert E. Cooper, <i>“Going in”: Olga, George, Gordon and Ken at Lake Memphrémagog, Magog, Quebec</i>, 1935. Gift of Marjorie D. Cooper Gawley, M2004.94.36.167, McCord Museum
  • Attributed to Robert E. Cooper, <i>“Hot Footed”: Bob and Albert at St. Lawrence Park, Brockville, Ontario</i>, 1938. Gift of Marjorie D. Cooper Gawley, M2004.94.37.80, McCord Museum
  • <i>Margery Paterson and her friends at Lake Nantel, Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré, Quebec</i>, about 1938. Gift of J. Ross Paterson, MP-1999.3.2.173, McCord Museum
  • Maurice Hallett, <i>Barbara Taplin and her sister Vera Hallett enjoying a picnic near Montmorency Falls, Quebec</i>, 1938. Gift of Pierre Hallett, M2008.13.2.144, McCord Museum
  • Attributed to Arthur Lee, <i>Buster and Herbert Lee ready for scout camp, Montreal</i>, 1939. Gift of Gilbert Lee, M2008.104.2.100, McCord Museum

Not to be missed!