PORT-MENIER, QC, June 22, 2018 – Isabelle Melançon, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, announced an investment of $7.2 million for the implementation of various projects on Anticosti Island on behalf of her colleague, Luc Blanchette, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, and Dave Boulet, Vice-President, Wildlife Sector Operations at Sépaq.
These amounts will be used for the construction of a 16-room pavilion appended to the Auberge Port-Menier, the consolidation of the Sépaq Anticosti outfitter’s infrastructure and the replacement of the Vauréal Falls lookout point at Anticosti national park.
A national treasure to protect
Anticosti Island is a national treasure that deserves a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Our determination to protect its exceptional natural character also means giving the island and its residents the means to share its beauty with the rest of the world.
– Isabelle Melançon, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change.
This wild and mesmerizing island, the largest in Québec, has exceptional potential not only because of its rich heritage and resources, but also because of its residents’ strength of character and hospitality. This investment reiterates our government’s commitment to showcasing what Québec has to offer!
– Luc Blanchette, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks.
The announced investment will have a beneficial and significant impact on the vitality of the village of Port-Menier, on Anticosti Island as a whole, and on the Côte-Nord region’s tourism offering.
– Pierre Arcand, Chair of the Conseil du trésor and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region.
For many hunters, fishers and vacationers, Anticosti Island is the destination of a lifetime. Sépaq wants to offer Anticosti visitors a product and experience that lives up to their dreams.
– Dave Boulet, Sépaq Vice-President, Wildlife Sector Operations.
A new chapter is being written
The construction of a new 16-room pavilion at Auberge Port-Menier will increase the village’s accommodation capacity. In addition, the presence of additional retractable beds in each room will increase the island’s accommodation capacity in the event of travel delays caused by bad weather.
The facility’s comfort will be coveted by both the island’s outdoor adventurers and visiting professionals. The work will cost $3.4 million and will begin next year. The facility will open to the public in 2020.
Particular care will be taken to reproduce the buildings’ distinctive features and architectural style from the time of chocolate maker Henri Menier. High-quality materials, such as wood and stone, will be favoured.
A $2.4 million investment will also be used to refurbish a number of cottages and lodges in various parts of the island, to replace the lookout point for the spectacular Vauréal Falls, an iconic landmark in Anticosti national park, and to take part in the development of the island’s summer tourism offering.
Finally, $1.4 million will be used for the construction of a new building and the renovation of housing units for Sépaq employees.
Total economic benefits
$7.24 million investment in Anticosti Island
- $7.24 million investment
- 73 direct, indirect and related jobs
- $6.13 million in GDP
- $1.15 million in tax and parafiscal revenue