Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Feet in the water

Women and children enjoying the beach, two children playing in the sand, and sea-bathers wearing long bathing suits.

The shore at Cacouna, at the turn of the 20th century.

© Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Belle-Lavoie coll., bl0176.

This superb photo shows the beach at Cacouna. On the right-hand side, we can admire the magnificent bathing cabins. Notice the board walkway placed on the ground so that bathers could walk to the water without cutting their feet on sharp stones or burning them on the sand. Bathers were given many options, according to the place and era. Old drawings show us bathing cabins on wheels: bathers could go directly down into the water from these cabins (the depth of the water varied according to the tide) without having to walk in the mud or seaweed.

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