THE OTTAWA RIVER | A LEISURE ATTRACTION
Symmes Inn Museum
1, rue Front, Gatineau, (Québec), J9H 5E6
Marjorie Davison, turning a hobby into a profession. With such attractions as its famous amusement park: Queen’s Park (1896), the upscale Hotel Victoria (1897) and the Victoria Yacht Club (1906), Aylmer became a favorite destination for visitors and vacationers from throughout the north-eastern part of the continent seeking relaxation and pleasure. After the great fire of 1921, Aylmer-born Marjorie Davison became fascinated with fires, which she documented with her camera. This talented photographer was one of the first women in Canada to join the national press corps in the 1940s. It was also during this time period that leisure activities regained momentum in Aylmer, earning the town the enviable title of “The Leisure Capital within the Capital”.