November 16, 2010
More projects planned for Baie-Comeau!
A recent addition to Québec’s cruise ship tourism supply, Baie-Comeau is planning a further series of initiatives to enhance services available to visitors. A number of projects were completed in 2010 as part of the inaugural phase of the city’s infrastructure enhancement plan. Work finalized to date includes a comprehensive facelift operation conducted in the city centre… with much more yet to come!
This year, cruiseshippers and locals took particular delight in the rejuvenated, more accessible, more people-friendly, and decidedly more attractive city centre. Sidewalks were widened, and the flow of vehicle and pedestrian traffic was enhanced to provide for improved safety for all. A number of new shops also made their appearance for the added pleasure of visitors.
Garden of the Glaciers, an exceptional attraction
The Garden of the Glaciers, now fully completed, has proven a tremendous success and continues to reap prizes and awards. The year 2010 had indeed proven to be one of the most notable for the city which earned three provincial tourism industry grand prizes. Readers will recall that the Garden of the Glaciers showcases a fascinating series of spectacular maritime landscapes of glacial origin. Set on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River in the heart of the Manicouagan-Uapishka World Biosphere Reserve, the Garden of the Glaciers features a mix of interpretive, experiential and educational activities in a location as exceptional as it is unique. In 2010, cruiseshippers stopping in at Baie-Comeau were offered an opportunity to discover this awe-inspiring new attraction.
The summer of 2011 is also destined to be ripe with new additions, such as the construction of new greeting facilities designed primarily for cruiseshippers but adapted to the needs of other visitors at other times of the year. In early October, Nicole Ménard, Québec’s Minister of Tourism, announced a contribution of $3.4 million to enable Baie-Comeau port of call to outfit itself with the necessary facilities and equipment to welcome international cruise ships into port. To this contribution must be added an amount of $4.1 million for the same project announced by Honourable Denis Lebel, federal Minister of State representing Economic Development Canada. Work, set to begin in the near future, is scheduled for completion in time for the 2011 fall season.
To boost the attractiveness of Baie-Comeau as a port of call, the team at Croisières Baie-Comeau is working hard on new excursion packages designed to enhance cruiseshipper experience.
These new activities include a walking tour of the city’s historic quarter. The new walking tour itinerary, to be inaugurated in May 2011, has been drawn up to respond specifically to the needs of cruiseshippers.
Ever more visitors flocking to the region!
Two ships stopped in at Baie-Comeau in 2010, but already double that number has been confirmed for 2011. Raynald Tremblay, manager of tourism for the City of Baie-Comeau, is forecasting a dozen or so in 2012.
In the interim, every effort is being made to create a one-of-a-kind tourism experience for visitors. From transport amenities with multilingual guides to added tourist attractions, all possibilities are being assessed and analysed with a view to guaranteeing international visitors a memorable stopover in the region.