4. Issues and Strategic Directions

4.2 Strategic Directions

4.2.7 Site management and co-operation

Key Considerations

Co-operation agreements and the creation of strategic alliances are vital avenues for Parks Canada, as it can no longer afford to fully finance the development and operation of canals.

Support for interpretation of the site as well as access to the exhibition in the super-intendent’s house and its associated functions have required the involvement of various partners, and will continue to do so.

The impact of the dam is felt over an approximately 50-kilometre long zone, raising the water level as far as Chambly. Managing the water level is a sensitive issue for residents along the river and requires particular attention to personal and boat safety.

The use of the dam as a pedestrian link between the banks requires the ongoing presence of a guard on the west side during opening hours. Reception and safety services on the west side have been made possible thanks to a partnership with the municipality of Saint-Roch and a co-operating association.


  • Take advantage of every opportunity for third-party co-operation to oversee site management and development, by mandating partners to provide activities or services that relate to or complement Parks Canada objectives.

  • Consolidate existing collaborative agreements and create new ones, especially having to do with developing regional tourism and promoting culture and boating, as well as the new fish ladder.

  • Outline a framework for co-operation, establishing selection criteria for projects and partners as well as intervention criteria for partners on Parks Canada properties.

  • Support the development of new client-oriented products and services, making basic Parks Canada infrastructures available to interested partners.

  • Consolidate management strategies for high-traffic periods for the benefit of both pleasure boaters and shoreside visitors.

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