The popular site for tourism of waterfalls, Rawdon, in Lanaudière, had to be closed Sunday afternoon due to a too high traffic and the behavior of the many people who were gathered.
The Sûreté du Québec had assigned several agents and cruisers in the sector, especially for the traffic on route 341 and prevent the tourists to park their cars in inappropriate places.
The cascades Rawdon began to be taken over a few weeks ago by the tourists in search of fresh air and cool during the containment, to the despair of some citizens.
The small town of the Lanaudière region, which has 11 000 inhabitants, attracts hundreds of people and dozens of vehicles from the outside. “No one has ever seen it. It must be the containment, father’s day, holidays…,” said a woman encountered by a team of TVA Nouvelles.
The popularity of the waterfalls is such that individuals apply for up to $ 40 to rent a parking space on their private land. One of them even said that they had been offered up to $100.
Other visitors were less scrupulous. A resident returned home after an outing to the beach were surprised to find eleven unknown vehicles in his yard.
She has used a tug to move the unwanted parked without permission on his land. For a pick-up truck, the operation will cost 220 $ for the driver.
Another spoke of boats used without permission by strangers. “They are stationed everywhere in our home, and then they throw all their junk when they have finished and they come to borrow our boats without permission. No, it’s not fun,” said the citizen living near the site of the waterfalls.
“The best day in the last three months”
The tourists encountered by TVA News Sunday seemed to enjoy their day without an ounce of guilt, in a highly charged atmosphere.
“This is the best day in the last three months!” exclaimed one of them.
Few of these individuals adhered to a distance of two metres. “The distancing, it is more difficult, but we try,” said a young woman from Saint-Hubert, sitting near his friends.
Loss of control
The mayor of Rawdon had requested the assistance of the Sûreté du Québec to manage the sudden influx of tourists, and some harmful behaviours that have been reported.
Saturday evening, fireworks were lit, despite the real risk of fire they pose during a heat wave.
Residents of Rawdon, also complained of misbehaviour, lack of public-spiritedness, and turbulence. There is mention of “acts ugly” that took place in the woods nearby.
In addition, tourists arrive equipped with coolers, sometimes containing alcoholic beverages in anticipation of their trip. They would not hesitate not to leave plastic cups and waste on site.
At 14: 30, Sunday, in front of this difficult situation, the SQ closed off the Park cascades Rawdon, which was full to bursting.