Rehabilitation of the canal: Parks Canada at work
What damage did the 2017 floods do to the jetty that required it to be closed for so long?
Following the flood, the surface of the jetty became unsafe and could no longer be used by pedestrians. The flooding washed away all the pavement that had been applied to the surface of the jetty. The strong water flow also caused scouring (erosion caused by the current) which aff ected the stability of the structure.
When will the jetty be reopened?
Parks Canada is currently studying several scenarios for the rehabilitation of this infrastructure, including more sustainable paving options, but does not have the necessary funding to go ahead with the project in the short term. User safety, environmental issues and the sound management of public funds remain a Parks Canada priority in the infrastructure planning.
What is happening with the downstream jetty?
The downstream jetty was also damaged by the 2017 fl oods. As a result, a portion of the downstream jetty will remain closed indefi nitely. In the summer of 2019, Parks Canada conducted a soil stability analysis of the structure and secure the jetty with fencing.
Why has there been so much work on the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal for the past several years?
Until 2020, Parks Canada will be working on various projects to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements at the Sainte-Anne- de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site, including the lock, walls and grounds.
This investment is part of a record $3 billion investment program over fi ve years to build infrastructure at national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas across Canada.
As part of this investment, more than $14 million has been allocated to the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site.
Several structural elements of the waterway and the site in general will be upgraded to ensure that the thousands of visitors who visit this historic site can continue to enjoy it for many years to come.
The upstream jetty was refurbished in 2016 and 2017. The jetty was scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2017. However, due to the 2017 spring floods, the structure and surface were damaged. For environmental and user safety reasons, the jetty will remain closed for the summer of 2019.