Inauguration of the new Baie-de-Valois Nautical Centre
Pointe-Claire Mayor John Belvedere and members of the City Council this morning inaugurated the new Baie-de-Valois Nautical Centre, located at 90 Bord-du-Lac ̶ Lakeshore Road. This nautical activities facility, fully accessible to people with reduced mobility, will enable the City to continue providing better services while preserving an unobstructed view of Lake Saint-Louis.
“This new building fits in with our vision of enhancing and diversifying the services we offer to our community,” Mayor Belvedere said. “This site, visited by more than 4,000 users each summer, offers ideal access to Baie de Valois and Lake Saint-Louis for sailing enthusiasts, boat rentals, day camp groups and our Canoe Kayak Club athletes, many of whom have excelled at the provincial, national and international levels.”
The 665-square-metre building features a large, glass-walled, turnkey reception hall with a superb view over Baie de Valois and Lake Saint-Louis that can serve to host a variety of events.
The basement, which provides office and storage space along with changing rooms, is available for boaters and day camp groups as well as for canoeists and kayakers or anyone renting a boat.
A second patio, set back, allows the landscape to be appreciated in all seasons. Beneath, there is a storage area that opens the view over Lake Saint-Louis while optimizing the space required for boat storage in winter.
The building’s construction incorporates sustainable-development principles: a “cool” roof; a concrete rather than asphalt parking lot to reduce heat islands; priority given to procurement of local products and materials; and installation of a rainwater recovery system. Ash wood reclaimed as part of the fight against the emerald ash borer was used for interior finishing work and for the soffits outside. Ten trees were also planted on the site.
The building, the two patios, the parking area and the pathway leading to the docks are all universally accessible, designed for everyone to take full advantage of the new facilities.
Mr. Belvedere concluded: “For decades, this site has hosted many events and activities. These new facilities will allow us to continue to offer these services that are so appreciated by our community. A permanent exhibition inside the new centre bears witness to the importance of the site’s mission for the community, a legacy we want to preserve with these modern facilities.”
From left to right : Mr. Brent Cowan, councillor District 8, Mr. Paul Bissonnette, councillor District 2, Mr. Claude Cousineau, councillor District 1, Mr. John Belvedere, mayor, Ms. Kelly Thorstad-Cullen, councillor District 3, Ms. Cynthia Homan, councillor District 5 and Mr. David Webb, councillor District 6
From left to right : Ms. Karen Oljemark, administrator (PCCCK), Mr. Paul Bissonnette, councillor District 2, Ms. Christine Merrill, secretary (PCCCK), Mr. Stephen Marshall (son of Mr. Lorne E. Marshall who designed the chalet in 1946), Mr. John Belvedere, mayor, Mr. Michel Archambault, commodore (PCCCK), Mr. Nick Zaferis, former president of the Venture Sailing Club, Ms. Cynthia Homan, councillor District 5 and Ms. Brigitte Giguère, vice-commodore (PCCCK) (PCCCK = Pointe-Claire Canoë Kayak Club)
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