Photograph of ice cutting from the waterways during winter.


The ice cutting business was popular in municipalities across Québec from approximately 1875 to 1950. In the winter, the blocks of ice were cut from the waterways and stored in buildings insulated with sawdust. In the summer and fall, the ice was delivered to homes to keep foods cold, like our modern coolers.

Alfred Vignon, marchand de glace, ca. 1928
Anonymous photograph
Beauport, Québec
Musée de la civilisation, fonds d’archives du Séminaire de Québec, PH1987-761