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$1.3M in the MRC du Fjord-du-Saguenay to promote winter tourism

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar26,2024

1,3 M $ in the MRC du Fjord-du-Saguenay in order to promote winter tourism

The announcement was made by deputies François Tremblay and Andrée Laforest with the prefect of the MRC du Fjord-du-Saguenay, Gérald Savard.

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The government of Quebec and the MRC du Fjord-du-Saguenay are investing $1.3 million to make the territory the winter tourist destination par excellence.

The announcement was made Monday afternoon by the minister responsible for the region, Andrée Laforest, the prefect of the MRC du Fjord-du-Saguenay, Gérald Savard, as well as the deputy for Dubuc, François Tremblay. The press conference was organized at Valinouët, one of the two ski resorts found on the territory of the MRC.

The government of Quebec is investing $1.1 million through the Regions and Rurality Fund. For its part, the MRC contributes $225,000. With climate change, government authorities want to ensure that the sector consolidates its position as a winter tourist destination of choice.

Because, yes, the MRCs will have to plan development on their territory because of climate change, indicated Minister Andrée Laforest. We're really planning for the future, it's good news today.

The funding will be used by businesses so that they can, among other things, take advantage of the snow, extend their season or improve their infrastructure. The projects selected by the MRC are not yet known, but should materialize soon. Politicians have, among other things, discussed the idea of ​​offering an electric snowmobile circuit or even adding snow cannons to a ski resort.

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Amounts are still available for companies wishing to submit their ideas.

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The electric snowmobile from the Quebec company Taïga

The Monts Valin, located in the territory, receive on average nearly six meters of snow per winter, which makes it famous throughout the province. The MRC du Fjord-du-Saguenay therefore decided to make it its signature. She recently developed a strategy to develop and highlight winter and snow.

When we talk about the MRC du Fjord-du-Saguenay, we think of the Valin mountains, we talk about several meters of snow on the mountains and this is what can attract local, regional, national and even international visitors, explained prefect Gérald Savard. This is what forced us and what made us understand to choose snow.

Snow is an opportunity for us.

A quote from Gérald Savard

The investment was welcomed with a smile at Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. The current climatic context is pushing people to choose the region as a destination to enjoy the snow. Adventure tourism and outdoor activities continue to be popular with visitors.

To aim to have a tourist experience that is offered throughout the year is a goal that we have set for ourselves collectively, mentioned Julie Dubord. . Obviously, strengthening the winter is one of the advantages we have. We have potential, we have extremely interesting offers and obviously companies that are really motivated and ready to welcome customers.

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Julie Dubord is the general director of Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

According to the general director of Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the region did well this winter. According to preliminary results, the 2024 season went rather well even if there was less snow than normal.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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