MONTREAL, Jan. 31, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Conférence régionale des élus
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (CRÉGIM) is associating with the
Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec (FCMQ) to improve the
practice of off-trail snowmobiling in the Gaspésie region.
In effect, the committee for the sustainable development of off-trail
snowmobiling aims to find solutions that will allow this ever-more
popular activity to be better managed. The main themes: safety and
respect for communities and the environment.
According to Gilbert Scantland, Executive Director of the Conférence
régionale des élus Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (CRÉGÎM), "we have
noticed a rise in the popularity of this activity in recent years, most
noticeably in the Haute-Gaspésie. We believe it is an excellent
opportunity to develop winter tourism. However, we must first ensure
the harmonisation of activities in order to avoid problems, such as
damaging tree plantations or disrupting wildlife."
The first action of this pilot project will be the distribution of a
leaflet indicating restricted areas as well providing a code of
behaviour for off-trail outings. This awareness-raising document will be available as of this winter in
snowmobile clubs in Gaspésie as well as in businesses that are members
of the Association touristique régionale de la Gaspésie (hotels,
restaurants, snowmobile rental agencies offering off-trail guiding services, gas
"It is critical that we find sustainable solutions that will allow the
activity to be structured in such a way as to ensure it is practised
safely while respecting communities and the environment. The committee has begun to offer concrete solutions that will lead to
the sustainable development of the sport in Quebec. We will eventually be able to use the Gaspésie example and extend it to
other regions of Quebec that are experiencing the same challenges",
believes Philippe Soucy of the FCMQ.
Off-trail snowmobile enthusiasts are welcome in Gaspésie to take in this
exceptional territory, while adopting responsible behaviours.
SOURCE: Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec
For further information:
Tel : 418 368-6171, ext 233
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