HISTORY

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE BELLE PLAGE

The main pavilion at Domaine Belle Plage has always had a vocation linked to the hotel industry.

It was erected by the Baie St. Paul Lumber Co., a company set up in 1903 by American investors who operated a sawmill, powered by the log drive which was practiced at the time thanks to a dam on the abyss river.


During the heyday of the business, the building served administrative needs and housed company employees and its owners when they were passing through Baie Saint-Paul

BAIE ST. PAUL LUMBER Co.


An important enterprise for the region which employed loggers, mill workers and office workers who worked in the building which later housed the Belle Plage hotel.

A Difficult Coexistence


To ensure its supply of logs, Baie St-Paul Lumber built a dam which caused flooding which resulted in several lawsuits which the company lost. It gradually reduced its operations and ceased them towards the end of the 1920s.

POSTCARD (circa 1938)



This postcard is the witness of a time when many vacationers came to settle during the summer season at the Belle Plage hotel.



Among these vacationers, there was the writer Gabrielle Roy who wrote in part at Belle Plage her collection of short stories Rue Deschambault in 1952. One can imagine her meetings and discussions held at Belle Plage with her great friend the painter René Richard, at who she will dedicate her novel La Montagne Secrète.

At Belle-Plage the history of many families has been written

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