You may have already heard of Beauharnois-Salaberry Regional Park, but do you really know it? When you are there, there are at least 10 good reasons to get to know and visit this park this summer which welcomes an average of around 100,000 users annually! Yet it is here, very close to us, in our backyard, and it is the envy of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts from all over Quebec.

The Regional Park is officially integrated into the most important cycling network in Quebec, the provincial Route Verte, and it is also accredited to the network of regional parks of Quebec (PARQ).

The Regional Park is offering a tourist services pilot project this summer 2021. The services will be offered at the Halte des Plaisanciers (Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka) as well as at the Halte des Villages (Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague) on Thursdays and Fridays (noon to 4 p.m.), as well as Saturdays and Sundays (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The services will also be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Halte de la Gare (Sainte-Martine) on Saturday July 31st , as well as August 14th  and 21st .

The Regional Park offers free access to 72 km of paved and smooth cycle paths.

There is a true open-air museum made up of nearly twenty interpretation rest areas and observation towers allowing visitors to discover the region, its history, its villages, its occupants, its biodiversity and its natural environments, as well as its flora and fauna.

The Park has many places (picnic areas, benches, woodlands, gazebos, etc.) where we can rest and relax with the nature that surrounds us.

The Regional Park, with its observation towers and its wetlands, is a favorite place for birdwatchers, being located in an axis of migratory flows known for the winged creatures. 2, rue Ellice, Beauharnois.

The Regional Park is renowned for its grandiose panoramic views where one can appreciate the achievement and immensity of major engineering projects (Beauharnois Canal, Saint Lawrence Seaway, Beauharnois Locks, Beauharnois Generating Station, Madeleine-Parent Elevated Bridge, etc.)

The Park gives you access, in proximity (a few additional kilometers by bike), to a multitude of local and regional products, ranging from vineyards and microbreweries, to honey and bakery products, to fruits and vegetables, fine meats, to plentiful and tasty desserts, etc.

It lists an RV stop, 2 launching ramps and several docking docks for nautical accommodation.

You can travel on the Park’s bicycle network in complete safety, thanks to the presence of Sûreté du Québec cadets, Sécuri-Parc agents, the thirty or so cycle patrollers in service, a system of geolocation and mechanical breakdown stations.

Here are just 10 good reasons to come and visit Beauharnois-Salaberry Regional Park, but there are many more! Still not convinced? Let yourself be tempted, even for just one day, to come and live the experience and you will want more.

Steve Sauvé

Steve Sauvé

Journaliste

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