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Job offer! Agent de développement – Parc du canal de Soulanges

September 27, 2021

Job offer! Agent de développement – Parc du canal de Soulanges

The Parc du canal de Soulanges, through Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges (DEV), is looking for a dynamic, proactive and autonomous person, interested in contributing to a large-scale project. The Parc du canal de Soulange is a signature attraction for Vaudreuil-Soulanges by offering multiple activities for citizens and visitors. Identified as one of the regional priorities, the establishment of the regional park is supported by many municipal, institutional and private players. Reporting to the director of the Parc du canal de Soulange, the Agent de développement will have the main challenges of:

Summary of tasks and responsibilities

→ Assist the general manager in the procedural and operational structuring of the park (budget, policies, etc.).
Propose new initiatives for visitors and citizens.
Plan, coordinate suppliers and / or take charge of the deployment of activities according to the established budget.
→ Contribute to the planning and implementation of communications and marketing strategies.
Respond to requests for information about the Soulanges canal and the Soulanges cycle path.
Establish active links and participate in meetings with stakeholders in leisure and culture, with regional or national organizations and various partners.
Collect and analyze relevant data, such as traffic on the bike path and events.
Monitor trends for programming planning.
All other related tasks aimed at interventions related to the canal.

Requirements and Qualifications

College or university diploma (preferred): tourism, recreation, regional development, cultural animation, or any related field.
Two years of relevant experience (eg: recreation, culture, outdoors, events or project management, etc.).
Great organizational and communication skills.
Ability to lead a new project on time and on budget.
Ability to work with various municipal, private, government and community partners.
Knowledge of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges territory (an asset).
Very good knowledge of French (oral and written) and good knowledge of English (oral).

Terms & Conditions

Temporary position (6 months – possibility of extension).
Full time 35 hours / week (variable depending on the period).
Be available to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends.
Competitive salary.
Hybrid workplace – teleworking and outside (in the open air, along the Soulanges canal).
Travel to plan (own a car).

Apply for this job

Apply by October 24, 2021 by email, including your resume and cover letter, to with the title “Application: Agent de développement”.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Actualité 2021-07-16 Catherine Lauzon
Activities Art et culture Events Yoga

Inauguration of L’Embouchure

July 16, 2021

Inauguration of L’Embouchure

After announcing at the end of June the development of an ephemeral summer terrace at the western end of the Soulanges canal, the partners of the Embouchure unveiled the program that will energize the riverside site over the coming weeks.

Four themes could bring together the different activities presented:


  • Zen Saturdays: free yoga sessions along the canal, every Saturday, until September 11, between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • Serenity at the canal, HARP & SUP at sunset: Mondays July 19 and 26, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Possibility to rent a boat.


  • Meghan Oak: Saturday July 17
  • Galiléo, Orchester symphonique de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent, with the three suites of the “ Water Music ”by Handel : Saturday July 24
  • Pete Fortier: Saturday July 31
  • Marie-Pierre Leduc: July 7 (as part of Nautical Weekends)
  • Guillaume Lafond: Friday August 13
  • Jay Scott: Saturday August 21
  • Denis Miron and Virginie Cummins: Friday August 27
  • Laurent Barsalou: Saturday August 28
  • Émile Bilodeau: Friday September 3

Capacity is limited for all shows. Only 250 tickets are online.
To register, visit our calendar !


Nautical weekends will be presented on July 24-25, July 31-1 er August as well as August 7 and 8 by the Municipalité des Coteaux and the City of Coteau-du-Lac. Faced with the uncertainty of the directives that awaited the organizers for the summer, the municipalities, which had initiated the Nautical Festival in 2019, decided to burst the event by offering free activities spread over three weekends. Nautical weekends are an opportunity to give the population privileged access to water. Initiation to sailing, towed tube tours (by reservation), floating inflatable games, raft construction, loan of non-motorized boats, waterline demonstration and initiation to slackline, zip line, mini-pedal boats, musical performances on pontoon are only ” an overview of the family offer that will be deployed there. A food truck will also be on site. Details of the program can be found online on the websites of the municipalities concerned.

Regional products

The summer terrace is the perfect place to present the brewers and winegrowers of Coteau-du-Lac and the region. The 5 @ 7 Fridays Discoveries will effectively allow people to discover our flavors. Moreover, the terrace menu offers at all times, among a wider choice, beers from the Brasserie Bois Blanc and the Microbrasserie des Trois-Lacs, spirits from the Distillerie des Trois-Lacs as well as wines from the Pomona vineyard.

July 23: Bois Blancs Brasserie
July 30: Pomone vineyard
August 6: Trois-Lacs microbrewery

About L’Embouchure | The site, which is a magnificent showcase on the Soulanges canal and Lake Saint-François, offers ephemeral furniture and a summer terrace open from Thursday to Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., until September 4. Following a call for projects, the City of Coteau-du-Lac, the Municipalité des Coteaux, the Coteau-du-Lac Recreation Committee and Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges have entered into a partnership with the young company Groupe Loisir Suroît to enhance the Thomas-Monro (Coteau-du-Lac) and Louis-Stanislas-Pariseau (Les Coteaux) parks


Source: Press release issued on July 16, 2021

Photo credit: Catherine lauzon

Actualité 2021-05-26 Bouge bouge
Activities Events

Series of running races organized by BougeBouge in Vaudreuil-Soulanges!


May 26, 2021

First series of running races organized by BougeBouge in Vaudreuil-Soulanges!

Following the government’s announcement of a deconfinement plan, BougeBouge excitedly announces a first series of running activities in Vaudreuil-Soulanges. BougeBouge therefore offers a program of four running activities spread over a 2-day weekend that will take place in the municipalities of Pointe-des-Cascades, Saint-Lazare, Notre-Dame-de-Île-Perrot and Rigaud. This project was born out of a desire by cities to encourage the development and maintenance of healthy lifestyles of their citizens, while respecting public health measures.

The DEV Vaudreuil-Soulanges organization and the municipalities along the Soulanges Canal are thrilled to be involved in this dynamic project!

BougeBouge is a non-profit organization which aims to promote physical health among adolescents, young families and retirees by organizing sports activities gatherings.


Program of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges series

1. Pointe-des-Cascades / Les Cèdres (canal de Soulanges), June 12-13, Parc Saint-Pierre
2. Saint-Lazare, July 10-11, Les Forestiers de Saint-Lazare
3. Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, July 17-18, Boulevard Perrot / Boulevard Saint- Joseph Intersection
4. Rigaud, August 14-15, Chalet de l’Escapade / Parc Chartier-de-Lotbinière

To participate in events:

To be a volunteer:

Source : Series launch press release in Vaudreuil-Soulanges, May 19, 2021

Photo by : Sébastien Dimaulo Team BougeBouge

Actualité 2021-06-22 Olivier Langevin
Activities Environment Events Kayak

A first “paddling event” in the canal on July 10!

June 22, 2021


A first paddling event in the Soulanges canal as part of the Mois de l’eau.

The Conseil du bassin versant de la region de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (COBAVER) and Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges (DEV), in collaboration with the ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC), invite the population to come celebrate Le Mois de l’eau on the Soulanges canal with their small boat.


Explore the Soulanges canal in a different way

With nearly 130 years of history, the Soulanges Canal is a regional museum on the water that has played an important role in the development of navigation in Canada. Its contemplation reminds us of the technological prowess of the time.

Mois de l’eau is a great opportunity to reclaim our rivers by navigating them. Whether by kayak, canoe or paddle board, the descent of the Soulanges canal will allow you to discover it differently, while reflecting on the importance of water, its challenges and the ecological services that this resource. provides us.

  • Date: Saturday July 10, 2021. Postponed to the next day in case of rain.
  • Cost: Free. Participants must own and transport their boat. Limited places, registration required.
  • Location: Meeting point and departure point of the land shuttle: Pointe-des-Cascades
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate. Route: 7.5 km from Les Cèdres (chemin Saint-Féréol) to the heart of the village of Pointe-des-Cascades.
  • Duration: between 2 and 4 hours, with two portages on the route (including one of 400 meters).

For details and registration, visit


In recent years, a non-motorized boat rental kiosk has been located in the heart of Coteau-du-Lac and provides access to a canal basin for amateur paddlers, as well as the most seasoned. It is in this context and by noting the growing enthusiasm for paddle sports in the canal combined with the lack of accessibility to the rivers of the region that the COBAVER and DEV have undertaken to set up an activity allowing to explore several consecutive sections of the canal. 2021 will see the birth of this event, with the stated objective of transforming this activity into an annual meeting for the citizens of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and for visitors.

«Mois de l’eau Water Month is a great opportunity to kick off the event. The loss of public riparian land has reduced accessibility to the region’s bodies of water and rivers in recent years. This association with DEV at the Soulanges canal will increase this accessibility and the population’s contact with nature, as well as with the history of the region ” says Julie Cyr, director of COBAVER-VS.

June – Mois de l’eau

The Mois de l’eau initiative is provided for in the 2018-2023 Action Plan of the Quebec Water Strategy, which deploys concrete measures to protect, use and manage water and aquatic environments responsibly, integrated and sustainable. This year, Mois de l’eauwill be all about stormwater runoff. A diffuse and insidious source of pollution that affects the quantity and quality of water. For more details, visit or COBAVER-VS paper on the subject.


About the partners

Conseil du bassin versant de la région de Vaudreuil-Soulanges

Founded in 2009, le Conseil du bassin versant de la région de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is a non-profit watershed organization mandated by the Government of Quebec to develop, update and implement the region’s Water Master Plan. and ensure consultation, planning and coordination of integrated water management in the territory.

Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges

Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges’s mission is to promote regional economic effervescence and growth. The organization has been involved in the development and enhancement of the Soulanges canal since it was given this mandate by the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges in 2017.


Photo credit: Olivier Langevin.


Actualité 2020-07-14
Activities Biking Environment Events Piste cyclable

Collective clean up chore in honor of Earth Day


April 14, 2021

Collective clean up chore for Earth Day

Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges (DEV) and the municipalities bordering the Soulanges bike path invite citizens to a great collective chore in honor of Earth Day. Earth Day is a great time to get involved for the planet and this collective chore is the perfect way to start the beautiful season.

The chore will be held on April 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the municipalities of Pointe-des-Cascades, Les Cèdres, Coteau-du-Lac, Les Coteaux, Saint-Zotique and Rivière-Beaudette. In order to ensure compliance with sanitary measures and control attendance, registrations are required this year. Those wishing to register are invited to do so at On the day of the event, bags and gloves will be provided for those who do not have them. Note that the event is postponed to the next day in the event of bad weather.


Sanitary measures

Departures could be done in waves, if the number of participants requires it. Information will be emailed to registrants where applicable. When registering, the names of all group participants must be indicated in the web form. The organizers wish to remind that outdoor activities are authorized in our region provided that the groups do not exceed eight people and that they wear a face covering if they do not come from the same home.


About the Soulanges cycling path

Official opening of the bike path is on May 1st. The Soulanges bike path is part of the green route no.5, which links the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region to Ontario and the island of Montreal. The Soulanges bike path is a 36 kilometer multifunctional trail, the first 23 kilometers of which run along the Soulanges Canal, a heritage and recreational infrastructure of prime importance for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region.

Activities Art et culture Events Yoga

Call for projects for the animation of the western mouth – summer 2021


March 23, 2021

Call for projects for the animation of the western mouth of the Soulanges canal – summer 2021

Stretching over 23.5 km, the Soulanges canal has had a major impact on the socio-economic development of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. Today, it represents, for the some 150,000 residents of the region (including 13,000 in the municipalities directly affected by this call for projects), a prominent heritage, cultural and outdoor space. The western mouth of the Soulanges canal is an area that is considered to have high recreational tourism potential given its location and the characteristics of the land that makes it up. The site is shared between two municipalities, in large part by the Thomas-Monro and Louis-Stanislas-Pariseau parks, totaling approximately 20,000 square meters. Although belonging to two separate municipalities, these two parks are contiguous. Located near a village center, at the crossroads of the Soulanges cycle path (200,000 passages in front of the meters in 2020) forming part of the Route verte, they constitute a window on Lake Saint-François (Saint-Laurent river) and are currently little exploited. In addition, many boaters navigate the waters of Lake Saint-François and the western mouth sector is a privileged place for anchoring.

The municipalities of Coteau-du-Lac and Les Coteaux as well as DEV would like to join forces with private projects to animate and enhance the site of the western mouth of the canal for the 2021 season in a collective and original formula.

Investments from regional partners are planned for 2021, in particular:

  • Concerts, events and / or cultural services;
  • Docking of a shuttle for thematic cruises (subject to authorization to set up a dock);
  • Free yoga sessions on Saturday mornings as part of Zen Saturdays at the Canal;
  • Site development by adding furniture and recreational items;


Regional organizations and businesses are invited to submit projects to animate and enhance the site this summer. The projects sought may be exclusively commercial (catering or other support service for the tourist industry), nautical, cultural, event or even combine different spheres of activity in order to create synergy.


All the info can be found here ➡️ Call for projects – information document


Main photo credit: Olivier Langevin


Source: Marianne Sigouin-Lebel, Canal de Soulanges project manager | 450 424-2262, poste 3231

Activities Kayak

Job offer! Kayak and SUP rental agents – Canal de Soulanges (seasonal)


March 22nd, 2021

Job offer! Kayak and SUP rental agents – Canal de Soulanges (seasonal employees)

Since 2018, DEV has been mandated to animate and enhance the Soulanges canal in the context of the creation of a regional park. Among the activities set up as part of this mandate, there is a rental kiosk for non-motorized boats (kayaks and paddle boards) in the village heart of Coteau-du-Lac. DEV is looking for dynamic and autonomous people to provide service for the kiosk for the summer of 2021. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the Carrefour jeunesse emploi de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (CJEVS).



  • Provide the boat rental service, according to the standards in force;
  • Collect payments and visitor information;
  • Provide safety equipment and accompany visitors in launching their boat;
  • Control the comings and goings on the site,
  • Clean the various equipment according to the procedures in place and make visitors aware of compliance with health standards;
  • Represent DEV, the CJEVS and their partners to various clienteles;
  • Participate in the animation or monitoring of micro-events being attempted on the site or (exceptionally) elsewhere around the Soulanges canal;
  • Respond to visitors’ requests for information;
  • Occasionally, travel around the area to perform cyclist counts or other interventions on the bike path;
  • All other related tasks aimed at helping DEV and the CJEVS in their interventions in the field.

Requirements and qualifications

  • Be under the age of 30;
  • Have a good experience in customer service;
  • Have well-developed social skills to enhance the visitor’s customer experience;
  • Demonstrate the following professional attitudes and behaviors: aptitudes for teamwork, autonomy, dynamism, versatility, sense of initiative, sense of organization;
  • Desire to work outdoors, good physical shape;
  • Bilingualism (essential);
  • Have a good knowledge of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region and its tourism industry (an asset);
  • Be available to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends;
  • Having access to a car, an asset.

Working conditions

Salary: $ 16.50 per hour
Schedule: 30 hours/week
Duration: 11 to 13 weeks
Start: training and start-up in June
Deadline: April 9, 2021


Apply for this job

Anyone interested must send their curriculum vitae, by April 9, 2021, by email to:

DEV Vaudreuil-Soulanges – Soulanges canal project
Rental agent position – kayak and SUP on the canal


Actualité 2021-03-22 L'Art de capter par Josiane Farand
Activities Art et culture Biking Events Kayak Piste cyclable Yoga

Job offer! Animation coordinator – Canal de Soulanges (seasonal)


March 22, 2021

Job offer! Animation coordinator (seasonal job)

Since 2018, DEV has had the mandate to animate and enhance the Soulanges canal in the context of the creation of a regional park. Among the activities set up as part of this mandate, we find a non-motorized boat rental kiosk (kayaks and paddle boards) in the village heart of Coteau-du-Lac, Zen Saturdays at the canal, the organization of various one-off events as well as the management of a brand new website to promote activities on the canal.

DEV is looking for a dynamic and autonomous person who will be responsible for coordinating field activities for the 2021 summer season.



  • Assist the project manager in planning activities and events at the canal for the summer of 2021 (communications, promotion, logistics, relations with suppliers and employees, etc.);
  • Prepare the kayak kiosk season and ensure the sound management of activities during the weeks of operation;
  • Manage the reception of participants and suppliers, the taking of statistics and photos, etc. during entertainment (Zen Saturdays, concerts, nautical events, occasional presence at the kayak kiosk, happy hour, etc.);
  • Ensure the complete coordination of certain internal projects (collection of traffic statistics on the cycle path, classification of the website database, etc.);
  • Depending on the individual’s profile, contribute to communication tools related to the channel (newsletter, website, blog, etc.);
  • Where applicable, be responsible for the telephone line or social media dedicated to the Soulanges channel;
  • All other related tasks aimed at assisting DEV in its interventions related to the channel.


Requirements and Qualifications

  • Have a good experience in customer service;
  • Have experience in event coordination or project management;
  • Demonstrate the following professional attitudes and behaviors: autonomy, dynamism, interpersonal skills, availability, honesty, versatility, sense of initiative and sense of organization;
  • Bilingualism;
  • Be available to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends;
  • Have a good knowledge of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region and its tourism industry (an asset);
  • Hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a car;
  • University students and young people under 30 are welcome to apply.


Working conditions

Salary: $ 18 per hour
Schedule: 20 to 30 hours / week, depending on the period
Duration: 16 to 18 weeks (mid-May to mid-September)
Deadline: April 9, 2021


Apply for this job

Anyone interested must send their curriculum vitae, by April 9, 2021, by email to:

DEV Vaudreuil-Soulanges – Soulanges canal project
Animation coordinator position – Soulanges canal


Main photo credit: The art of capturing by Josiane Farand

Actualité 2020-07-14
Activities Biking

An all-outdoors summer at the Soulanges canal


September 17th, 2020

It’s already the end of summer, and with it comes the time to look back. It goes without saying, we had quite a summer at the canal! Affluence has been a record high, and the public health situation lead us to think a lot about our practices and to show ingenuity. And I think we can say mission accomplished. A lot of citizens of Vaudreuil-Soulanges benefited from the rental kiosk at the canal, the Zen Saturdays and the Soulanges cycle path. Big thanks to all of our partners, such as the Carrefour jeunesse emploi,the city of Coteau-du-Lac, the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the Comité piste cyclable Soulanges, the Comité jeunesse La Presqu’île, the Ministère des Transports du Québec and the Conseil des arts et de la culture de Vaudreuil-Soulanges. And a special bravo to our student employees and our yoga coaches who masterfully took on the challenge! For more details, I invite you to take a look at the press release below. We put away our equipment and we’ll see you next year!

Marianne Sigouin-Lebel, project lead – Soulanges canal


An all-outdoors summer at the Soulanges canal (Press release)

The first days of September marked the end of some summer activities at the Soulanges canal. Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges (DEV) draws up a more than positive assessment of summer 2020. Let’s remember that the economic development organism suggested to visitors various activities, such as a kayak and SUP rental kiosk as well as Zen Saturdays, thanks to the financial support of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the participation of various partners in the region.

« This summer was absolutely crazy at the canal! Employees and collaborators managed to overcome the challenges imposed by the pandemic and the heavy traffic.» says Marianne Sigouin-Lebel, project lead – Soulanges canal at DEV. More than ever, citizens took advantages of the activities and services that were offered to them. « We could see it in people’s eyes, going out and practice safe activities close to their homes really did them some good », adds Mrs Sigouin-Lebel.

Citizens paddled at the canal this summer!

The rental kiosk in downtown Coteau-du-Lac was a must this summer for the region’s population. More than 1000 rentals were made during the nine weeks of operations. Uplifting statistics for this second year. « We’re really satisfied, this excitement for boating on the canal already allows us to plan for
an upgraded version next year! » sustains Marianne Sigouin-Lebel. The Carrefour Jeunesse emploi Vaudreuil-Soulanges (CJEVS) joined forces with DEV for the daily coordination of the activities. This allowed for 5 young people to benefit from a rewarding work experience, outside, near their homes. « I didn’t hesitate for a second to get on board with this amazing project. It’s our mission to allow young people to work in places where they’re happy and can surpass themselves. The CJEVS is proud to be part of this project and to contribute to the influence of the canal and the region! » says Ève Belec, the organism’s general director. DEV and the CJEVS want to highlight the excellent work from the team and to thanks the Ville de Coteau-du-Lac and Service Canada for their precious collaboration.

Saturday mornings more Zen than ever!

Zen Saturdays were also back on the edge of the canal, in Coteau-du-Lac’s city centre. The 9 days scheduled on the calendar allow to welcome more than 260 yogis this summer for free, one-hour-long sessions. DEV wishes to thank the professors and animators of these workshops who certainly did a world of good for participants : Stéphane Verkempinck, Sonia Lefebvre, Édith Chamberland, Julie Perreault and Stéphanie Théorêt.

A record-smashing year on the Soulanges cycle path

The season also was characterized by record traffic on the Soulanges cycle path. Already at the beginning of May, the numbers provided by the automatic counters would prepare the Comité piste cyclable Soulanges for an extraordinary summer. Indeed, between May 1st and September 14th 2020, more than 120 000 passes were recorded by the counter, an increase of 20% compared to last season. « We’re happy, the people of Vaudreuil-Soulanges found in the Soulanges cycle path a place to safely enjoy the summer. We hope this trend will stay and that they will keep visiting us for walks during the winter » says Martin Juneau, pesident of the Comité piste cyclable Soulanges and municipal advisor at Pointe-des-Cascades. Let’s remember that measures were quickly deployed to ensure the safety of the cycle path’s users. A partnership was also concluded between DEV and the Comité Jeunesse La Presqu’île to deploy a bike patrol service (the Anges des parcs) and activities destined for young people (the Projet X). These two initiatives contributed to make of the cycle path an animated and safe place.

Maintenance on the Soulanges cycle path for bicycle season officially ends on October 15th. However, it remains accessible all year long for walking.

Source : Audrey Bourgon Touchette, Director, communications and tourism promotion | 450 424-2262, ext. 3235

Actualité 2020-07-14

Safe escapades at the Soulanges canal for this summer season!


July 14th, 2020

Safe escapades at the Soulanges canal. The enchanting site adapts and is animated this summer!
(Press release)

The current pandemic period changes vacation plans for a lot of families. The Soulanges canal has become for several weeks a choice place to practice one’s favorite activities and to take a sunbath. Local and regional partners mobilized to offer visitors safe activities to allow them to fully take advantage of this great space. « Since the start of spring, traffic near and in the Soulanges canal is very high, which brought a revising of our strategy for this summer to adapt to the new COVID-19 reality», mentions Mrs Marianne Sigouin-Lebel, project lead for the Soulanges canal at Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges (DEV). To take on this challenge, DEV could rely on numerous partners, such as the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the riverside municipalities as well as the collaboration and enthusiasm of the Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi Vaudreuil-Soulanges (CJE) and of the Comité Jeunesse La Presqu’île (CJLP).

This summer, in addition to the popular Soulanges cycle path, outdoors activities will be there at the canal (kayak, SUP, yoga, bicycle rally, etc.). Moreover, an offer specially dedicated to teens and young adults was developed.

Coteau-du-Lac’s Kayak Shack

In the heart of Coteau-du-Lac, right in the dedicated parking lot for the Soulanges cycle path, is installed the Kayak Shack , a single or double kayak and SUP rental container. Also, citizens possessing a non-motorized boat can use the wharf to launch them on the rental site. This year, DEV partnered with CJE for the rental service to allow the organism to promote its services. « The Kayak Shack offers us the opportunity to go beyond our walls and to directly meet young people in a totally different context », mentions with enthusiasm Eve Bélec, the organism’s general director. « Our support service allows us to support young people aged 15 to 35 in their professional career», adds Mrs Bélec while reminding us that these past few months were particularly hard for them.

Projet X on the shores of the Canal

Still for young people, the popular initiative Projet X will be deployed for the first time on the shores of the Soulanges canal. At various places and in a spontaneous manner, animators from the CJLP will offer three times a week various activities for teens. According to Judith Girouard, general director of the organism, « these playful animations will bring healthy alternatives for young people while balancing socialization with physical distancing» Deployed for a few years in parks of certain Vaudreuil-Soulanges municipalities, Projet X allows to reduce misdemeanors and substance abuse while offering teens a caring ear as well as an adapted intervention.

Besides, thanks to collaboration between organisms, the« jeudis des jeunes » will allow teens aged between 14 and 17 to have a preferential location fee for kayaks and SUP and the possibility to be entertained on site with Projet X’s animation. Several surprises will make these Thursdays interesting.

Return of Zen Saturdays

Again this year, yogis will meet up to recharge on the shores of the Soulanges canal, as part of Zen Saturdays. At 9:30 am every Saturday morning until August 29, free, one-hour long sessions lead by a yoga or Qigong instructor will be offered near the Kayak Shack in Coteau-du-Lac. Participants must bring their towel or yoga mat.

Bicycle rally with family or friends

Two bicycle circuits will be held on August 23 at the Soulanges canal, a 25 km rally or a 50 km one. Participants will need to go as a team along the cycle path and riverside neighborhoods, looking for clues while seeing the Soulanges canal under a new light. For the low cost of 60$ per team (maximum 4 members per team), participants will receive gifts, taste local products and will perhaps go home with the grand prize of a value of more than 600$ (escapade for 4 in Vaudreuil-Soulanges). Teams can sign up on the ExploreVS website at the following address.

Dedicated cycle path patrol and hygiene rules

Bicycle patrol teams will raise awareness about municipal rules and the respect of hygiene measures. The Anges des parcs, a project also spearheaded by the CJPL, was made in partnership with the Sûreté du Québec. This patrol will also lend help in case of an injury, an accident, minor bicycle damage, etc. Their presence is also reassuring because they’re also certified to intervene on the canal’s waters.

« The 23-kilometer-long Soulanges canal and the 35-kilometer-long Soulanges cycle path going through six municipalities, from Rivière-Beaudette to Pointe-des-Cascades, will offer this summer a place to be entertained and take advantage of the great outdoors, in a enchanting and safe setting» underlines Joanne Brunet, DEV’s general director. «Many of these projects were made possible thanks to the financial participation of the Fonds d’aide et de relance COVID-19 of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and I want to take the opportunity to thank the Conseil des maires for their participation», she concluded.

Hygiene measures reminder

All the actors insist that users of the Soulanges canal’s facilities respect hygiene measures, to keep a two-meter physical distancing and to avoid large gatherings. Many municipalities make their public toilets accessible and ensure their frequent cleaning. As such, we recommend visitors bring their own personal belongings, as well as disinfecting gel or towelettes . Actors and municipalities free themselves from all responsibility concerning eventual inconvenience stemming from the usage of sanitary blocs. Visitors must be vigilant.

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