The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are awarding a total of $1,047,500 in financial assistance to Montagne du Diable Regional Park (MDRP).
Using this funding, MDRP will be able to build wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities. It will also be able to build a reception chalet, a parking lot, and floating platforms on the lake of the same name. In addition this, MDRP will be able to set up outdoor activities such as safe riding down Windigo Falls.
The announcement was made by Sylvie D’Amours, minister responsible for indigenous affairs and minister responsible for the Laurentides Region, David Graham, member of parliament for Laurentides-Labelle, and Chantale Jeannotte, member of the national assembly for Labelle.
“The Windigo hub has the potential to attract new clients from Quebec, Canada and abroad, clients for whom a park visit, nature- and culture-related activities, and beautiful landscapes are a priority,” said D’Amours. “This is a sustainable project that will have social benefits. MDRP will be able to accommodate more organizations such as Mesure Alternative, an organization that supports extrajudicial measures and sanctions for teens so that they can do their community service at the park. This project will also provide artists with the opportunity to display their works in connection with various topics, including Indigenous culture.”
To support the project, valued at $3,138,500, the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) is allocating a non-repayable contribution of $847,500 under the Quebec Economic Development Program. The Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI) is awarding $200,000 from the Programme d’immobilisation en entrepreneuriat collectif (PIEC).
“The Windigo sector development project, which has been awaited for several decades by the region’s residents and tourism businesses, is important for tourism development in the Hautes-Laurentides region and for its outreach,” said Christian Parent, General Manager of MDRP. “Through the assistance awarded, Montagne du Diable Regional Park will be able to set up quality infrastructures in an environmentally responsible way, incorporating a number of technological aspects. This will definitely increase the park’s clients and provide the entire population with an outdoor site.”