Since the mid-nineteenth century, Champlain had been the subject of both popular and antiquarian interest. The location of his tomb has been a recurring theme over the past 150 years. The 1908 celebration provoked a long and probably never performed drama by J.M. Harper and a celebratory ode "Canada" by F.G. Scott recited at a special meeting of the Royal Society of Canada in Quebec City on the 22nd of July.* The Champlain's exploits first appeared in the Contes Historiques published by the Société Saint-Jean Baptiste de Montréal in 1919 in "comic book" format. The collection Notre histoire en images coloriées was frequently reprinted.
*Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada. 1909. Ser. 3. Vol. 3. p. VII.