The call of the snowmobile and ATV clubs in the area was heard. They will receive $ 578,355 to improve trail safety.
There are 12 projects in Estrie that have been approved by the ministry. The projects consist mainly of the construction of bridges or bypasses to improve the trails. Danny Gagnon, Executive Director of the Quebec Quad Clubs Federation, explains that there are two major projects that will be undertaken.
“The link between Bromptonville and Saint-Élie is a priority,” he says. It will be a permanent path of about ten kilometers along Highway 55 which will perpetuate the network, it is positive for everyone. We also want to work with the municipalities of Ascot Corner and East Angus to redevelop the old railway line into a multifunctional trail. These are important files. ”
Benefits of 3G $
“This is a historic investment because we are talking about new money to help this industry, which has an economic spin-off of more than $ 3 billion for all of Quebec,” says Véronyque Tremblay, Minister Responsible for Transport, in Bromptonville for the announcement. We think of restaurants, hotels, motels, lodges and gas stations. This is important for Quebec’s economy. We want to continue to offer this beautiful hobby. ”
“The help is important because we talk about 3 billion benefits, but the clubs do not benefit from these benefits, they are supported by volunteers,” says Mr. Gagnon.
This financial support is provided under the Temporary Financial Assistance Program, with an envelope of more than $ 10 million.
“All Estrie projects have been selected,” said Luc Fortin, MP for Sherbrooke, Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Estrie region. We are the cradle of snowmobiling in Quebec and the snowmobile and ATV tourism industry occupies a major place. That’s very good news. ”
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The many volunteers present at the press conference took advantage of the presence of several political personalities to address the issue of a hotel trail to Sherbrooke. This trail would allow users access to the hotels and restaurants on King Street. The trail would cross the industrial park and take a bike path.
“We had this trail since 1987, but it was closed three years ago by the City,” said Daniel Beaudette, president of the Estrie Harfangs club. We are working to reopen it and redraw it. We go to the Ministry of Transport for permission to cross Route 220. It limits us a lot in the activities we can organize to not be able to offer a hotel. ”
“I spoke at length with the Mayor of Sherbrooke, we had a specific meeting on this issue, said Luc Fortin. I hear the call from snowmobilers wanting to use the city’s accommodation and food facilities, but you have to understand that there are residential neighborhoods nearby. There is still a desire to create a circuit that would allow snowmobilers to access services. ”