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The Reford Gardens - 50 years of Shared Beauty
Reford Gardens
Grand-Métis , Quebec

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   The Reford Gardens - 50
years of Shared Beauty
   The summer of 2012 marks
the 50th anniversary of the
opening of Les Jardins de
Métis to the public. This
exhibition presents a part of
this special history with the
help of photos from our
archives and from the many

visitors who have accepted
our invitation to share their
history with you. We invite
you to discover the history
of this fishing camp that was
transformed into one of North
America's most beautiful
gardens.
   The history of this
estate began 125 years ago,

in 1887, when George Stephen,
founder and first president
of the Canadian Pacific
Railway, built Estevan Lodge.
The use of Douglas Fir for
the pannelling of the house
was the first use of this
wood in eastern Canada.
Estevan was the telegraph
code used by George Stephen

for his confidential
correspondence with the
general manager of the CPR,
Willam Van Horne. This
imposing residence is closely
linked to Les Jardins de
Métis. Without it, the
gardens would not have their
special cacht. Gifted to
Stephen's niece, Elsie

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