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Sainte-Flavie in La Mitis MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

La Vielle Auberge / The Old Inn

Sainte-Flavie, “Porte de la Gaspésie"

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
1. La Vielle Auberge / The Old Inn Marker
Inscription.  

Une auberge bien spéciale!

Cette maison à l'architecture particulière a été construite en 1872. D'abord résidence de Joseph Aubin et de sa femme, elle passe aux mains de son fils Alphonse au début du XXe siècle. Rapidement, le nouveau propriétaire transforme le bâtiment en auberge. Ce changement de vocation témoigne de la démocratisation du tourisme en Amérique du Nord.

Effectivement, au cours des années 1920 et 1930, on assiste à une importante extension du réseau routier québécois, ouvrant la voie au tourisme itinérant. Dès lors, Sainte-[F]lavie se fait connaître comme étant « la porte de la Gaspésie ». La Vieille Auberge représente quant à elle une halte pour les nombreux automobilistes que désirent y passer une nuit, acheter un souvenir ou tout simplement recevoir de l'information touristique.

La renommée de la Vieille Auberge tient en partie à son apparence originale. La mémoire populaire veut que Joseph Aubin ait construit sa résidence avec les restes d'un navire écossais ayant fait naufrage près de la Pointe-aux-Cenelles, tout près du village. De même, on aimait rappeler aux visiteurs que les

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By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
2. La Vielle Auberge / The Old Inn Marker
nombreuses sculptures sur bois ornant l'hôtel provenaient d'un navire anglais qui se serait échoué sur les rives du Saint-Laurent.

Est-ce que tout cela fait partie du mythe ou de la réalité ? Il demeure difficile de le dire pour l'instant. Une chose est bien certaine cependant, l'hôtel a été démoli emportant avec lui de nombreux secrets!

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Un pôle touristique
Déjà en 1930 Sainte-Flavie s'affirme comme un pôle touristique majeur dans la région. Remarquez la pancarte avec l'inscription « American tourist Red Book ».

• La Vieille Auberge, un édifice unique en son genre.

• Les ornementations de la Vieille Auberge proviennent d'un ancien navire anglais dont il a toutefois été impossible de déterminer le nom.

[English translation]

A very special hostel!

This house with its unique architecture was built in 1872. First the residence of Joseph Aubin and his wife, it passed to the hands of his son Alphonse in the early twentieth century. Quickly, the new owner turned the building into an inn. This change of vocation testified to the democratization of tourism in North America.

Indeed, during the 1920s and 1930s, there was a major expansion of Quebec's road network, paving the way for itinerant tourism. From then on, Sainte-Flavie became known as "the gateway to Gaspésie." The Old Inn was a stop for many motorists who wished to spend a night there, buy a souvenir, or simply receive tourist information.

The reputation of the Old Inn was partly due to its original appearance. Popular memory is that Joseph Aubin built his residence with the remnants of a Scottish ship wrecked near Pointe-aux-Cenelles, near the village. Visitors were also reminded that the many wood carvings on the hotel came from an English ship that ran aground on the shores of the St. Lawrence River.

Is all this myth or reality? It remains difficult to say. One thing is certain though, the hotel was demolished, taking with it many secrets!

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• A tourist attraction
Already in 1930 Sainte-Flavie asserted itself as a major regional tourist center. Note the sign with the inscription "American Tourist Red Book."

• The Old Inn, a unique one-of-a-kind building.

• The Old Inn ornamentations came from an old English ship whose name was impossible to determine.
 
Erected by Municipalité de Sainte-Flavie.
 
Location. 48° 36.651′ N, 68° 13.826′ W. Marker is in Sainte-Flavie, Quebec, in La Mitis MRC. Marker is at the intersection of route de la Mer (Quebec Route 132) and route Flavie-Drapeau (Quebec Route 132), on the left when traveling north on route de la Mer. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 492 route de la Mer, Sainte-Flavie, Quebec G0J 2L0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Le magasin général / The General Store (a few steps from this marker); La maison du bedeau / The Sexton's House (a few steps from this marker); La maison Langlois (within shouting distance of this marker); Le presbytère / The Rectory (within shouting distance of this marker); L'église de Sainte-Flavie Church (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); La grange à dîme / The Tithe Barn (about 90 meters away); Place Clément-Chouinard Plaza (approx. half a kilometer away); Les Jardins de Métis (approx. 7.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sainte-Flavie.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sainte-Flavie. (Submitted on January 11, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Un peu d'histoire sur Sainte-Flavie. (Submitted on January 11, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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