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Thirst for culture

Year after year, the Butte continued to grow. At its peak, the café-theatre welcomed more than 500 people who often took the opportunity to extend their stay and discover the beauty of the Laurentians. They could enjoy other activities offered by the Butte, as well as Val-David and the surrounding area.

Black and white photo of Jean-Guy Moreau, from behind, and François Cousineau at the piano on the stage in front of spectators at La Butte.

Jean-Guy Moreau and François Cousineau performing


At two shows a night, more than 1,000 spectators could take their place in front of the stage. People came from all over. During the high season, hotels, inns and motels sold out so quickly that many homeowners turned their basements into dormitories. Restaurants were packed. Skiers, hikers and climbers ended their day at the Butte. And village youngsters found stimulating employment.

In the spring, the Canadiens ice hockey players were often among the crowd of spectators. During the playoffs, they stayed quietly at the Hôtel la Sapinière. “Don’t let them drink,” coach Scotty Bowman told Gilles Mathieu.

Black and white photo of Hôtel La Sapinière in the snow in the winter of 1936-1937. In front of the log building is a sled with two people and three sled dogs.

La Sapinière – winter 1936-1937