Despite a delay of a few days or a few weeks, boaters are looking forward to commencing their season since the government announced the opening of the marinas on the 1st June.
The public attention was naturally drawn to the campsites, the sites tourist accommodation and outfitters, Wednesday, during the announcement of the minister of Tourism, Caroline Proulx, but has also allowed the resumption of activities in marinas.
Around 20,000 sailboats and other boats stored on land, remained inaccessible since the beginning of the health crisis, according to Boating Quebec, who speaks of an industry that generates benefits of up to 420 M$ per year.
“Everyone would have liked it to be earlier, but in the context, it can open, so it is very positive. People will be able to have access to their boat. It should not be forgotten that it is their property, it belongs to them, and everyone is ready to take the necessary precautions, ” responded the coordinator of communications, Diane Théberge.
“People were eager to have access to their boat, put it in the water and keep it at the dock and then navigate on the river. You can progressively open up our operations, so I think everyone agrees that this is good news for boaters, ” responded the director-general of the Marina of the Port of Quebec, Kathleen Paré.
Slight delay in the bassin Louise
The regulars of the bassin Louise, however, will have to wait a little longer, according to dr. Paré.
“We will not be open on the 1st of June. It is in the preparations. People can come and prepare their boat, but it will not open the building as long as it does not have all the measures in place then we will not begin the updates to the water on June 1st, it will go maybe a week later, ” she said.
The Yacht Club of Quebec, has obtained authorization to operate from the last week, because of its particular status, its educational mission and its membership in Sail Canada and the Quebec sailing Federation.