This nationally designated historicsite features 11 well-preserved buildings, which were built in 1838-1840, and which were used by the two largest Jersey Island fishing companies of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Charles Robin Company and Le Boutillier Brothers. A permanent exhibit, theatrical performances and a multimedia display illustrate the lasting influence Paspebiac had on the development of Eastern Canada’s fisheries.--Information courtesy of Banc de Pêche Historic Site.
Located in the town of Paspebiac, the site played a decisive role in the history of the inshore fishery in Eastern Canada, and especially in the commercial cod fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The geography of the site was conducive to the development of this activity, owing notably to the abundant cod stocks and the presence of a sandbar projecting into Chaleur Bay.
This site is divided into two distinct areas. The larger, western sector best illustrates the diversity of fishery-related occupations with, among other things, the former “cook rooms” used to house the workers, along with several sheds and warehouses, including the huge five-storey B. B. building (Le Boutillier Brothers) and a carpenter’s shop for shipbuilding.
The eastern sector includes the former powder magazine, a flour shed and the vault -- all that remains of the general store which burnt down in 1964. The site’s architectural character is unique, with the largest wooden building in North America, built from 1838 to 1840.
Traditional fishing equipment in multimedia displays.
• Theatrical perfomances
• Permanent exhibition “Paspébiac, capitale de la pêche en Gaspésie”
• Multimedia show:Entre gestes et mémoires
• Souvenir shop
• Children’s play area
• Guided visits
• Traditional demonstrations:
shipbuilding; net-mending; blacksmithing; barrel-making
• Free parking
• Pets allowed on leashes
• Picnic area
June to September: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Groups (12 pers.) $4.00
Children under 6 Free
Special group rates are available. Reservations are required for groups.
Site Historique du Banc de Pêche - Paspebiac