Matane Lighthouse, about 1960
Société d’histoire et de généalogie de Matane
Tourist information bureaus were created in many cities and towns to disseminate information to travellers. Almost every town seemed to have a tourist information counter. Today, they are spread around the Gaspésie and uphold standards of service set by the Québec government.
Lighthouses have always been iconic stops for tourists. But when in operation, they were usually off limits to visitors. Lighthouse keepers had work to do to keep the light turning and provide an essential service to ships and their captains.
When the Matane lighthouse closed in 1950, it seemed like the best place to welcome tourists. It was an attraction unto itself and at the entrance to a city better known for its industrial plants and ferry terminal than for its tourism. Which lighthouse in Canada is the most photographed? Matane is probably at or near the top of the list.