By John Jantak
PHOTO COURTESY VILLE DE VAUDREUIL-DORION
City workers are in the process of building three sledding hills in Vaudreuil-Dorion (pictured is Mozart Park) in order to offer its residents the opportunity to get some outdoor activity during the pandemic which has forced the closure of all indoor sports facilities.
The Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion is in the process of putting the finishing touches on three sledding hills that are being built at Mozart, Aurèle-Joliat and Bicentenaire Parks which will give residents the opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy the popular winter leisure activity.
The city has been busy the past few days using snow cannons that are usually used at ski hills to add between 24 to 36 inches of snow at each of the three parks which should provide for excellent sledding opportunities and extend the season by three to four weeks.
“The little snowfall we received recently in addition to the closure of all the city’s indoor sports facilities which will remain closed until at least February 8 greatly limits the activities our residents can participate in,” said Mayor Guy Pilon. “We hope that the development of these snow sports sites will entertain our residents.”
The official opening of the three sledding hills will take place on Saturday, January 30, depending on the weather conditions. Residents are asked not to use the hills until then to avoid damaging the surfaces at the three venues. The contractor who is making the hills obtained the necessary authorization to continue working on the project after curfew.
Residents are reminded that even though sledding is an outdoor activity, people still have to adhere to the Coronavirus safety protocols that are currently in place.
PHOTO COURTESY SOCIÉTÉ DE DEVELOPMENT DU PARC HISTORIQUE DE LA POINTE-DU-MOULIN
With the closure of many indoor sporting facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cities in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region are focusing on outdoor attractions such as (above) Pointe-des-Glaces skating at the historic Pointe-du-Moulin in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot.
Further winter fun can be had on the island of l'Île-Perrot.
As part of its Pointe-des-Glaces event, the town of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot is offering a 350-metre skating trail and an 800-metre snowshoeing trail which also offers a history lesson dating back to early 1700 at the historic Pointe-du-Moulin site. Activities are free for residents of the island which also includes Ville de L’Ile-Perrot, Pincourt and Terrasse-Vaudreuil. Ticket reservation in advance is mandatory. For visitors outside the island, admission is $15 per vehicle, regardless of the number of passengers. For more information, consult pointedumoulin.com/en/pointe-des-glaces-en/