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La Famille Alexander et la « Meech Lake House »

Presentations by researcher Michel Lemaire to the GVHS on October 24, 2016 and to the Friends of Gatineau Park Annual Research Forum, Fall 2015 (in French with some English)

Summary: James Alexander and his family arrived at Meech Lake at the end of the 19th century, where they operated a sawmill. During the First World War from 1914-1918, his son Andrew and his wife rented the inn belonging to Thomas Cowden, known as the Meech Lake House. In 1930, Thomas Cowden sold Meech Lake House and in 1970, the National Capital Commission acquired it, and subsequently razed it. But where had it been located? Very few know; and researcher Michel Lemaire presents the results of his research into this mystery.

Résumé : James Alexander et sa famille se sont installés au lac Meech à la fin du XIXe siècle où ils exploitaient une scierie. Pendant la guerre de 1914-1918, son fils Andrew et son épouse ont loué l'auberge de Thomas Cowden, la « Meech Lake House ». En 1930, Thomas Cowden a vendu la « Meech Lake House » et en 1970 la Commission de la Capitale nationale l’a achetée, puis a fait raser le bâtiment. Mais où était située cette auberge – exactement? Plus personne ne le sait.

Presentations:
- La Famille Alexander et le tourisme au Lac Meech (pdf document)
- La Famille Alexander et la « Meech Lake House » (pdf document)

See also "The Alexander Family and Meech Lake Tourism" (pdf document) in English by Michel Lemaire published in the Friends of Gatineau Park Newsletter, No 2015 I.