Modern international usage
With the emergence of the Alpine travel business, chalets were transformed into vacation houses used by ski and hiking enthusiasts. Over the years the term chalet transformed to its modern general meaning of a vacation house built in an Alpine style. In Quebec French, any summer or vacation dwelling, especially near a ski hill, is called a chalet whether or not it is built in the style of a Swiss chalet. Nowadays, in North America and elsewhere in the world, the use of the word chalet can refer to more than just a mountain location. The term chalet is even used to describe resort-like homes or residential properties located by the beach. For example, in Lebanon a chalet usually refers to vacation homes at one of the six Lebanese ski resorts, but the term can also refer to a beach cabin at seaside resorts. In North American ski areas, the word chalet is also used to describe buildings that house cafeterias and other services provided to the tourist, even though they may not resemble a traditional Alpine chalet. In Britain, the word chalet was used for basic sleeping accommodation at holiday camps built around the mid-20th century. Quebec French (French: francais quebecois) or Quebecois French is the predominant variety of the French language in Canada, in its formal and informal registers. Quebec French is used in everyday communication, as well as in education, the media, and government. Canadian French is a frequently used umbrella term for the varieties of French used in Canada including Quebec French. Formerly it was used to refer solely to Quebec French and the closely related varieties of Ontario and Western Canada, but is no longer usually felt to exclude Acadian French, which is also spoken in some areas of eastern Quebec. The often derogatory term joual is commonly used to refer to a variety of Quebec French associated with the working class, characterized by certain features perceived as incorrect. A Holiday camp, is a type of holiday accommodation that encourages holiday-makers to stay within the site boundary
nd provides entertainment for them between meals. Today the term has fallen out of favour with terms such as Resort or Holiday village replacing it. As distinct from camping, accommodation typically consisted of chalets - accommodation buildings arranged either individually or in blocks. From the 1960s onward, many camps also added static caravan accommodation and today large numbers of static caravans are also termed holiday camps. Cunningham's Young Men's Holiday Camp at Douglas on the Isle of Man is sometimes regarded as the first holiday camp. However, it differed from the definition above - especially as accommodation was still in tents. Cunningham's was still open by the time Billy Butlin opened his first camp in 1936 (and still averaged 60,000 campers on a good year). By the start of the 20th century, camps were beginning to be built based on hut based accommodation. Opened in 1905 by J. Fletcher Dodd, Caister Camp in Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk was one of the first and later advertised itself as "The Oldest Established Camp". Inspired by visits to Caister Camp, 'Pa' Potter opened a similar camp in Hemsby, Norfolk called Potters Camp it moved to Hopton-on-Sea in 1925 and to another site within that village in 1933. In the 1930s camps took on a larger scale with the establishment of large chains. The first of these was Warners, founded by Harry Warner who opened his first site on Hayling Island in 1931, with another three opening before the outbreak of World War II. During the early 1930s, Warner asked Funfair entrepreneur Billy Butlin to join the board of his company and in 1935 Butlin observed the construction of Warner's holiday camp in Seaton, Devon. Butlin learned from the experience of Warner, and employed the workers who had constructed the Seaton camp to come to Lincolnshire to build his first camp under the Butlins name at Skegness in 1936, by the outbreak of the war, Butlin had 2 camps and a third under construction. By 1939 there were around 200 Holiday Camps in the UK, at different seaside locations.
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