A camping honeymoon

We were married in Huberdeau on July 2, 1949, a beautiful sunny day, surrounded by the entire Paquin family, including Ghylaine’s seven brothers and sisters, their friends and my sister, Anita, who had just arrived in Canada.

My two months off from the École du Meuble meant we could plan a long honeymoon and our curiosity about this enormous country took us as far as the Pacific Ocean. I earned my ticket by doing drawings for the Canadian National Railways and Ghylaine used her savings to pay for her own ticket—discreetly, since in 1949, I should have been paying for everything. Our limited resources meant we would be camping—a bit of folly we kept from the family! But the camping equipment in those days was nothing like today’s light, high-performance equipment. At Eaton’s department store in Winnipeg, we found a small tent, a sleeping bag and a buggy to carry our trunk, my drawing materials and our supplies.

Wedding of Ghylaine and Frédéric Back. Huberdeau, July 2, 1959
Wedding of Ghylaine and Frédéric Back. July 2, 1959
Poster for the Canadian National Railways. Credit: Frédéric Back, 1949
Marguerite Paquin, Ghylaine Paquin-Back, Frédéric Back and Lucien Paquin. July 2, 1949