Callander Bay Heritage Museum & Alex Dufresne Gallery Exhibition

The Northern Coney Island
Until December 31, 2019 (Starts at 2:00 PM)

Quintuplet Drive, Dionneville, The Quintuplet Village, and Quintland all describe a 300 meter stretch of road that attracted over 3 million tourists in the 30s and 40s as they came to watch the five identical Dionne Quintuplets dance and play in an outdoor observatory. This "Coney Island of the North" rivaled Niagara Falls as the top tourist destination in Canada as thousands of people each day were counted waiting in line for these free shows. For the area, an influx of tourists meant an opportunity for business and commercialization, and in a short amount of time souvenir shops, information booths, public restrooms, and other buildings to develop.

This exhibit explores the evolution of Quintland, from a regular country road to a bustling attraction that compared to the likes of Radio City Music Hall, Mount Vernon, and Gettysburg. It is comprised of over 75 photographs, many from private collections, as well as unique artefacts that have a relation to these various buildings.

Please join us for the official opening of this exhibit on Saturday May 26th at 2pm with light refreshments and free museum admission. Donations welcome.

*Image supplied from the Callander Bay Heritage Museum and shows a crowd rushing to get a good view of the Dionne sisters on the porch of their nursery. The building in the middle is a souvenir shop that employed the two midwives who assisted int the birth.

107 Lansdowne St. E. (Callander, ON)