Several Quebec municipalities observed last summer, with the help of security guards introducing various measures, including restricting access to parks and beaches for tourists.
“Last summer, we did not expect that. But this year, we had time to take serious action to prevent a few spoilers from damaging the reputation of citizens and our parks,” said Raymond Ruzo, Rawton’s acting mayor.
The Park Des deck in Lanadier was due to close in June 2020, according to the mayor, where “non-resident” tourists gathered. Fearing that the scene would be updated, we hired a security company that controls the number of visitors to its two tourist parks and the beach.
“People are parked everywhere on the streets and at the private entrances to houses. So the price of the crime report goes up from $ 50 to $ 250 and illegally parked cars are being towed.
Fare parking lots such as Douglas Beach in Esther have often come to reduce attendance.
In Shannon, near Quebec, a rally after National Patriots Day prompted the move.
“Our beach was attacked by hundreds of people, mostly from elsewhere. The city collected more than 47 garbage bags from the nature park. It took drastic measures,” explains Mayor Mike-James Noonan.
Access to some of the beaches, including Mercier Beach in Mont-Trembland, is completely unlimited for tourists this season.
New places to access a body of water thanks to infection. This is the situation in La Concepcion, which has created three sites patrolled by security guards so that swimmers on the Laurentians can enjoy the Rouge River.
“People are happy to pay $ 10 for access to parking, supervised river, toilets and garbage cans. When we reach the limit in one place, we redirect them to other sites, ”explains Mayor Maurice Bluff.
Those who still park in private courtyards will be surprised by the crime report.
Mayors in contact Newspaper They are unanimously happy to see these measures pay off because no one wants to renew the frenzy.
However, the next two weeks of the construction holiday will be the final test, and they hope that tourists will continue to cooperate.
– With Elsa Iskander