Tourist season officially open in the Haut-Saint-Laurent

Publié le 7 juin 2017

Tourism Haut-Saint-Laurent launched the 2017 tourist season during a press conference at the Battle of the Chateauguay National Historic Site on June 6.

©(Photo - Haut-Saint-Laurent CLD)

Tourism Haut-Saint-Laurent kicked off the prime tourist season in the region on June 6, highlighting several new developments including the creation of Tourism Haut-Saint-Laurent Information Centres, the hiring of visitor information counsellors, a new rest-stop for cyclists, and a revamped travel guide featuring over forty colour pages filled with essential information for day-trippers, families and all other visitors making their way to the area this summer. 

The suggestion to improve the travel guide came from the entrepreneurs, producers and small tourism-oriented businesses of the Haut-Saint-Laurent who wanted to showcase more information on their products and services. "The interest locals have shown in our work demonstrates two things: our partners are very involved in what we do, and above all, they believe in us," said Audrey St-Aubin, the Agent responsible for Tourism Development and Promotion with the Haut-Saint-Laurent CLD. "It is mainly because of them that the 2017 version of the Travel Guide has changed so dramatically," she added, referring to the addition of colour photos, a pull-out map, general information sections and listings for attractions in eight categories throughout the MRC. The guide can now be found throughout the region in French, however an English version will be available in the coming weeks.

Several new services

The CLD team behind Tourism Haut-Saint-Laurent also announced the opening of three new Visitor Information Centres strategically located across the MRC to welcome tourists and guide them in discovering the region. In Très-Saint-Sacrement, the Battle of the Chateauguay National Historic Site will serve as one of the new Centres, while the Saint-Anicet Historical Society, located along the shores of Lake St. Francois, will welcome visitors to the western portion of the region. A third Centre will be opened in Huntingdon along the water just in front of the Henderson Bridge. The kiosk, which was donated by the Town of Huntingdon, will open by late-June and will be staffed by a pair of visitor information counsellors. A mobile team of counsellors will also cover events throughout the region over the summer season.

Rest-stop for cyclists

Cyclists visiting the area will be able to benefit from a new rest-stop located at the Cidrerie Rockburn/Vergers Frier in Hinchinbrooke. "Cycling is a passion for me, and I must admit I have a weakness for the roads in the Haut-Saint-Laurent," said Janick Tétreault-Moïse, who co-owns the Rockburn-based businesses. "There was only one thing missing, a rest-stop where cyclists are welcome and where they can enjoy open space and facilities," she noted, suggesting cyclists will now be able to benefit from a picnic area complete with bicycle repair tools. Parking will also be available for cyclists on site.