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The Dugas Story
At the turn of the 20th century, Henri Dugas (the great-great-grandfather of the current owners) and his brother Nazaire were studying architecture in Montreal, where they worked on the world famous Notre-Dame cathedral. Nazaire would go on to become the first Acadian architect, and the two brothers would be the first in the Acadian Peninsula to build using detailed architectural designs.
Built in 1926, La Maison Touristique Dugas would form part of an impressive estate including a wood mill, a flour mill, a sawmill, and a window & door factory. Unfortunately in 1945 a large portion of the estate was destroyed in a fire, with only the house and grange remaining. To this day parts of the old estate can be found on our beach.
The quality of the building and the materials used reflects the care taken in producing good-quality work. You can admire the beautiful oak woodwork, the fine moulding and the elegant spiral staircase, which so many of our visitors enjoy. Everything was created by Henri in his mill workshops. The décor, dinnerware, the piano and the furniture are all traditional, the majority dating back to the early 1900's. This makes it a rare example of a typically Acadian 20th-century house. The second house built much later, was renovated to resemble the original, with its hardwood flooring and its doors with the same moulding.
The land, which runs down to the sea, was developed to allow our guests to enjoy the beauty of the forest whilst still being closely located to the town.
Having inherited the house from her father Émile, Martina Dugas converted it into a bed and breakfast around 1977 under the name 'La Maison Touristique Dugas'. It is now run by us, the 4th and 5th generations of the Dugas family. We await your arrival to give you the warmest of welcomes for your stay in a friendly and familial atmosphere in one of New Brunswick's hidden gems.
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