Tourist cabins on the Gaspé road, Percé, 1933
Library and Archives Canada
Cabines are one of Quebec’s contributions to holiday architecture. Simple and inexpensive to build, cabines provided little more than a bed and a roof overhead. But they compensated for their rusticity with extraordinary landscapes and shoreline locations second to none. Equipped with modest kitchens, they were self-catering, an essential service in a region that had few restaurants. With the spectacular surroundings nearby, vacationers spent little time indoors.
Today’s tourists demand all of the comforts of home – and then some, requiring more opulent quarters than those of the past. But cabines are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Like glamping (for glamourous camping), modest accommodations compensate for their lack of square footage with their intimacy. In search of comfort and contact with nature and experiences off the beaten track, the modern traveller is often in search of a room and a bed away from the hustle and bustle of cities or the hum of modern hotels.