Turcotte Family Business Since 1944 – The Chip Stand

Celebrate Community …

Last year we were pleased to present our first exhibit of the 2019 season in our Community Corner space at the Mattawa Museum.  It featured a small-town business that has come to be a large icon on a Main Street in a small Northern Ontario town.  


Some of the history in the press …

The Mattawa Recorder

1st Generation …

The Chip Stand, as we all fondly know it, was started 75 years ago by Lavina and Maurice Turcotte.  While we all know and love this local eatery , food trucks in general, chip stands in particular, are taken quite for granted in our Province and Country these days.

Left to right – Lavina, Danny Sr., Celine, Danny Jr., Maurice

But 75 years ago when the Turcottes had dragged an old trailer home to Mattawa and announced they were going to start a business where you cooked the french fries in a trailer and sold them to people …

Well ??? You can just imagine the comments. Regardless, they started their business.

Lavina’s chips with a little vinegar and a smile

2nd Generation …

Celine

In time, it was taken over by son Danny and his wife Celine, along with Danny Jr.


3rd Generation …

In April 2015, Danny Jr. and his wife Tamra, with their son Dali, officially became third generation for this family owned and operated business. 

Tamra, Dali, Danny Jr.

We celebrated with them with this Special Community Exhibit


Danny Jr. is also a well known photographer.
Catch-Light Photography

He and Tamra, along with Dali, had traveled to Machu Pichu in Peru.  When they came back, Danny entered one of his photos to Lonely Planet.

Award winning photo

He won 1st prize

which was an all expenses paid trip to Abu Dhabi!


Community Interest …

Part of our exhibit in the museum was the canvas print of that winning photograph from Peru.  Many times over the season, visitors to the museum would comment on how beautiful the photograph was, but also, wouldn’t it be wonderful to see pictures of the trip!  With so many requests, how could we say no. In these days of COVID-19, consider this our gift of travel.

Danny put together a beautiful album for everyone to enjoy.



Abu Dhabi, The Travel Diaries …

Click on the double headed arrow in the upper right corner for a full screen view

Travel to and Arrival in Abu Dhabi

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Breakfast then Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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The Abu Dubai Louvre Museum

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Emirates Palace

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President’s Palace followed by Dinner at our Hotel

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President’s Palace followed by Dinner at our Hotel
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President’s Palace followed by Dinner at our Hotel
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Off to the Desert

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Off to the Desert
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More Desert Fun, then Travel Home

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More Desert Fun, then Travel Home

Thank you, Danny and Tamra for your generosity of spirit in sharing.

We all wish you the very best as you begin year #76!