Three Gaspé tourism businesses share $ 237,000

Canada Economic Development for the Regions of Quebec will finance the realization of tourism projects in Mont-Saint-Pierre, Grande-Vallée and Bonaventure.



Part of the money donated by Ottawa will be invested to help Mont-Saint-Pierre develop its tourism offer (archives).


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Part of the money donated by Ottawa will be invested to help Mont-Saint-Pierre develop its tourism offer (archives).

Ottawa will donate $ 112,000 to the Mont-Saint-Pierre Tourist, Economic and Social Development Solidarity Cooperative.

The money will be used to develop plans and specifications for a large tourism project.

The president, Jean-Sébastien Cloutier, explains that the village wishes to develop various activities such as mountain biking or hiking, in partnership with the International Appalachian Trail (SIA).

The improvement of the free flight infrastructure or the development of a reception and multimedia distribution center at the top of Mont Saint-Pierre are also in the works.

The cooperative has also undertaken to renovate the old inn in the center of the village to make it a welcoming place for visitors.



The glacial valley of Mont-Saint-Pierre has an under-exploited tourist potential, estimates Jean-Sébastien Cloutier.


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The glacial valley of Mont-Saint-Pierre has an under-exploited tourist potential, estimates Jean-Sébastien Cloutier.

This openness to tourists should energize the village, believes Jean-Sébastien Cloutier. “It is a tourist gem, but it must be developed to its full potential. If we want young families to come back to Mont-Saint-Pierre. It is fundamental», Argues the manager of the development cooperative.

A “singing” bridge in Grande-Vallée

A little further east, the municipality of Grande-Vallée will have $ 75,000 to develop its tourism offer.

The village will use this amount to transform the Galipeault bridge into an interactive site. The covered bridge underwent a facelift in 2016 and is now classified as heritage since last July.

Four sound stations will be installed on the bridge. Visitors will be called upon to hum certain tunes or song lyrics. The bridge will respond in sound and light to this request. A scenic device will also be installed on the bridge which will allow musicians to connect to an amplifier.



The Galipeault Bridge in Grande-Vallée was classified as a heritage building in 2020.


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The Galipeault Bridge in Grande-Vallée was classified as a heritage building in 2020.

This is part of the integrated tourism project set up by the council to encourage tourists to stay longer in the village, explains the mayor of Grande-Vallée, Noël Richard.

By the end of 2021, more than $ 600,000 will have been invested in total, in various projects such as the development of a circuit incorporating the Galipeault Bridge, water games, an ornithological trail or improving access to the beach, says the mayor.

The tourist project called “the Singing Bridge”Is to be inaugurated at the beginning of next summer. The total cost of “Singing bridgeIs $ 200,000.

New sites for Cime Aventures

Finally, a sum of $ 50,000 will allow Cime Aventures to improve its offer accommodation. The company plans to develop 32 new sites in a hosting formula “ready to camp».

The general manager of Cime Aventures, Élodie Brideau, explains that the site’s capacity will not increase, but the units will allow accommodation for 14 to 20 weeks of camping, which will lengthen the season while making it more comfortable.



Cime Aventures offers accommodation and activities such as kayaking and canoeing on the Bonaventure River.


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Cime Aventures offers accommodation and activities such as kayaking and canoeing on the Bonaventure River.

She adds that the new units will be built in a perspective of sustainable development with recycled and local materials.

The total investment amounts to nearly $ 230,000.

With the collaboration of Jean-François Deschênes

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