The Basques : Telling the Tale

Gabrielle Ayotte Garneau carries on the Basque storytelling tradition with a legend that has thrilled her neighbours for decades.

Co-produced by Julien Gagnon-Rouillard & Robert Majewski

Posted June 21, 2022

Bordered by the river and the winding streets of the Morency waterfront, the heritage ruins of the Haunted House of Trois-Pistoles reminds residents and visitors of the more obscure parts of Les Basque’s history. Gabrielle Ayotte Garneau, executive director of Compagnons de la mise en valeur du patrimoine vivant de Trois-Pistoles, tells us the legend that has thrilled residents for decades, thus perpetuating the tale and underlining the important place occupied by the tradition storytelling in the region.

For a complete immersion in the world of storytelling, why not take part in the Rendez-vous des grands gueules, festival of tales and stories from the Francophonie, which takes place every autumn in Trois-Pistoles?

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