Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

From the Great Lakes to the St. Lawrence Estuary

young woman sitting on a ship’s deck, surrounded by chairs.

Blanche Boucher aboard the steamboat Rapids Prince.

© Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Joseph-Adélard Boucher coll., jab1470.

The steamboat Rapids Prince was built by the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co. in 1910 to cross the rapids between the Great Lakes and Montréal, before the St. Lawrence Seaway and its many locks. 

This type of boat made long trips easier. Quebec newlyweds could now discover Niagara Falls, a popular honeymoon trip. But especially, technical innovations allowed thousands of tourists from all over North America to travel along the St. Lawrence River without the inconveniences of the past. 

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