Magnificently situated on the shores of the St-Laurent River, the Auberge du Portage will charm you by the elegance of its Victorian style of the beginning of the 20th century.
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The construction of the property started in 1903. In 1930, the Boucher family converted this summer residence into an inn. Back then, the family also owned the Boucher Hotel as well as many summer residences in the area. Besides its tennis and petanque (bocce), the inn already stands out for the quality of its cuisine.
The village of Notre-Dame-du-Portage started to attract its first tourists around 1915. The sea salt bath treatments aroused the interest of the wealthy people of the time. The river banks of Notre-Dame-du-Portage were the perfect place for such sea salt bathing activities.
In 1969, Ginette and Claude Defoy became the owners of this magnificent holiday site. Since 1984, a large terrace and two scenic lookouts enrich the place. When the sky is clear, on top of these viewpoints, it is possible to admire the space between Saint-Irénée-des-Éboulements (on the west side) and Les Escoumins (on the east side). The Pèlerins island (in front of Saint-André), the Lièvres island and the Laurentides then only seem a few meters away.
The story of the Auberge du Portage is first and foremost the story of individuals determined to perpetuate the touristic vocation of Notre-Dame-du-Portage. It is also the story of a family, the Defoy family, proud of their region and pleased to welcome you.