Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Have a good laugh, will you?

English-language newspaper caricature showing a swimmer talking with a fisherman standing in a rowboat, a strange fish dangling

Pleasures of Cacouna, engraving by John Henry Walker, published in Diogène (1869).

© McCord Museum, M930.50.6.119.

Published in a humoristic journal in 1869, this caricature shows a sea-bather staying at Cacouna’s St. Lawrence Hall hotel diving into the saltwater morning, noon and night. The punchline is the swimmer asking a sportsman what kind of fish he caught when, in fact, it’s a small shark. As the locals say, “Where there’s a little shark, a big shark is never far!” Imagining the impending danger, the sea-bather decides to return to Montréal on the spot!

This caricature would lead us to believe that at this time most Diogène readers would not only have known Cacouna as a seaside resort, but also the therapeutic benefits of sea bathing. 

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