• John Jantak

NDIP will provide monthly ferry service to Beauharnois starting in May


NDIP will renew its ferry service from Quai Brideloup one day each month beginning on May 21 that will allow cyclists to cross the Ottawa River to Beauharnois.

Île Perrot bicyclists who are looking for a more direct route to reach the South Shore can take advantage of a ferry service that will take them directly from the Southwest side of Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot (NDIP) across the Ottawa River to Beauharnois.

The service will also allow South Shore cyclists from Beauharnois, Châteauguay, Salaberry de Valleyfield and other municipalities the opportunity to tour NDIP and discover its many unique attractions including the Pointe du Moulin Historical Park and Theatre de la Chapelle.

NDIP Mayor Danie Dêschenes said the service was so popular when it operated during the town’s major events last year– the annual Festival de la S.O.U.P.E. in September and Cultural Day in early October, both cross-river municipalities decided to resume on May 21 when the ferry will operate one day each month.

The lure of drawing a substantial crowd aboard each crossing from the South Shore was evident during both events when each ferry was filled to capacity and is why both municipalities decided to renew the service, said Dêschenes.

She expects the ferry, which will make six crossings this summer, will quickly be booked with the arrival of warmer weather and as more people become aware of the service, which has already been very well received by NDIP residents.

“It was a huge success and we’re sure the ferry is going to be full when it begins operating this year because there was a tremendous amount of people who wanted to get aboard the boat last year. We’re expecting more people will use the service this year as they become aware of it,” Dêschenes told Your Local Journal.

The town will also work with two nearby Vaudreuil-Soulanges municipalities, Les Cèdres and Les Coteaux, that already operate ferries to Salaberry de Valleyfield to promote their respective services and tourist attractions together, said Dêschenes.

The ferry will leave from Quai Brideloup located on Rue de l’Église at the water’s edge at the bluff behind Église Sainte-Jeanne-de-Chantal heritage site. Tickets for the service will be available only on site during the days it operates. More information will be posted on the town’s website as it become available at www.ndip.org/en/evenement/navette-fluviale-ndip-beauharnois/.

There’s another special event planned exclusively for NDIP residents later this summer to spend an evening aboard a private boat as part of a fundraising event to raise money that will go directly into the town’s youth fund, said Dêschenes. “This is specifically for our citizens,” she said. “It’ll cost $40 and allow people to come on board, spend time with our council and have a fun evening.”

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