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In a lively, typically Gaspé ambiance, this historical site highlights the life and works of Québec and French Canada's first author/composer/performer - Mary Travers, “La Bolduc”.

Physical Description: 

Mary Travers in Montreal. (Photo - Courtesy)Through a typically Gaspesian atmosphere and presentation, the seaside site evokes the life and works of Mary Travers and allows visitors to discover the Gaspesian way of life in earlier times (the clothing, good times and song) in a folkloric ambience.

Mary Travers La Bolduc:
The Great Depression tested the endurance of working men and women. Despite those hard times, Mary Travers-Bolduc made ordinary people like herself laugh with her witty songs of everyday life in the 1930s.

Irish on her father’s side, with a French-Canadian mother, Mary attended school only briefly. Fluently bilingual, she learned how to sing and play the accordion, fiddle, and harmonica. She usually played Irish reels, which she intertwined with "turlutes", Acadian mouth music. Without knowing it, young Mary Travers was laying the foundation of the Quebec "chanson."

Her first big hit was “La Cuisinière” (The Cook) and by 1930, she was expected to produce one record per month. Her on-stage appearances increased and, as the unemployment rate rose, she became the voice of courage.

The songs broadcast from Montreal generated such a demand that Mary and her troupe of entertainers began regular tours of Quebec and New England. During one of these, in June 1937, she was involved in a serious traffic accident. When the doctor examined her injuries, he discovered a cancerous tumor. In 1941, the final curtain came down on the singer who was known simply as "La Bolduc."


The site boasts a collection of her music, lyrics, newspaper articles and other materials on display that portray the life and times of Mary Travers in the “Vivre en Chanson” exhibition hall.

Special Activities: 

Stamp by Canada Post.--Continuous animation
--Site tour
--Traditional music
--Beach area
--Children’s amusement park
--Photography in period setting
--La Bolduc Commemorative Festival in August
--Commemorative Gala
--Elderly and physically challenged persons day
--Children’s Day (Face-painting, games, lunch, animation)
--Folkloric shows



Business Hours: 

June and September: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
July and August: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Adults: $5.50
Seniors and students: $4.50
Groups of more than 15 persons: $5.00
Family (2 adults, 2 children): $16.00
Children 6 years old and under: Free



124 rte 132,
Newport, QC
G0C 2A0

(418) 777-2401
(418) 777-4701