The Québec Port Authority is pleased to announce, in the wake of the Laurentia project, a significant investment to improve facilities in Beauport Bay. This project is the result of a concerted and collaborative effort with the members of the Forum des usagers de la Baie de Beauport. With this investment, which includes an improvement in the services offered, the QPA wishes to reiterate the recreational and tourist vocation of the Beauport Bay, the only site in Québec City where citizens can swim in the St. Lawrence River in complete safety.
Mindful of some of the effects caused by the future infrastructure of its container terminal on the Beauport Bay site, the QPA decided to turn these constraints into opportunities by suggesting an upgrade to the site’s layout that will better meet the needs of its users. The QPA is thus committed to carrying out a development plan to mitigate the impacts of the Laurentia project while improving the quality of the infrastructures that allow for nautical activities.
Designed for citizens, the upgrade will include:
- a brand-new water play area
- an urban wading pool for children
- pergolas for users
- a boat launch ramp
- an expanded boat parking area
- mobi-mat beach access mats for people with reduced mobility
- a buoyage system for sailing sports
- space for a sailing school
- training for users through courses offered by the sailing school
- a new harbour master’s office
- a new boating safety lookout
- additional wharves
The cost of this work amounts to a little more than $7M and will be entirely paid by the QPA.
All of these new facilities hold great potential for the continued development of the recreational boating component of the Beauport Bay.
Note that the Beauport Bay site will remain open and accessible and users will be able to continue to practise their sport during the construction period.