Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lower St-Lawrence

As you saw from my post on the village of Millbrook, in which I included pictures of some old Ontario houses, I am interested in old buildings, especially old houses.

Driving back home from our visit to eastern Québec, we followed the St Lawrence, and I thought I would now give you an idea of what old Québec houses look like in the lower St Lawrence region.


The extension at the back of the following house is a summer kitchen (in the days when cooking was done on a wood stove, this was a room - not connected to the main body of the house-where you did the cooking in summer. so as not to heat up the whole house).

Village church (St-Jean-Port-Joli).

The following one is probably the oldest of the lot.

Field of rape seed


  1. I pass so many houses I wish I could document. The red metal roof is extraordinary. I would have a red metal roof! The summer kitchen house that grew like Topsy. Great pictures, thanks.

  2. We love old quebec houses and even more old barns. Most have colored roofs, and lovely shapes. We just built a veranda here in Alsace, France and call it our canadian room because it's covered outside in wood siding and painted a lovely moss green. Not something often done here in Alsace! Thank you for sharing your picture,

  3. A wonderful selection of old buildings Alain. The view looking towards the village church is especially pleasing.
    Who can resist a field of rape seed? The essence of summer.

  4. I have spent a lot of time in summer kitchens. They were an essential part of every farmhouse. As you say it was to allow the house to keep cool by moving the cooking out of the main kitchen in hot weather. Perhaps the most important use of the summer kitchen was preserving food for the winter months. As both my grandparents and an aunt all had summer kitchens and "did up" fruit and vegetables for winter, my sister and I spent hours on each summer visit to their homes preparing food for preserving. It was also a great place to dry herbs.

  5. Such a classic Quebec house! Love it.

    1. Sorry, Quebec HOUSES. I want the stone one at the end.

    2. Who would not want the stone one at the end! I think it is 18th Century.


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