Is Ile Orleans still too popular?
Having received several calls to report a disturbing traffic, the mayor of Sainte-Pétronille Harold Noël, as well as the other elected officials of the municipality, will meet Monday to “make a decision at the beginning of the week”, informs the mayor.
M ven with its non-core businesses closed, the Island of Orleans and its beautiful landscapes remain a concern attractiveness in the current context.
“Last weekend and this weekend, there was a huge crowd, like a normal spring. As if the shops were open, which is no longer the case, ”describes Nicolas Gagné, resident of Ste-Pétronille. “I even had tourists on my property who asked me if they could go and photograph Montmorency Falls,” he adds.
According to this resident, a police officer was present on Saturday to manage traffic at the intersection of Horatio Walker Street and Royal Road.
The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) confirms that this intersection was monitored by a police officer this Saturday given the large crowd of citizens who came to take advantage of the good weather. “It may give the impression of a gathering, but it is not a gathering proper,” said Ann Mathieu, communications sergeant at the SQ, who recognizes that this spontaneous convergence of walkers “can lead to parking problems”.
“There are a lot of people who go around the island by car, without necessarily getting out of their vehicle, as every spring,” notes the mayor of Ste-Pétronille. “If you stay in your car, the risk of contamination is very low. The thing we are tackling is the places where people can get out of their cars and congregate. ”
“At the moment, there are no shops that welcome people. We think that people are walking around the island, that’s all, ”shares Sylvain Bergeron, mayor of Saint-Pierre-de-l’île-d’Orléans, who also observes this spring traffic.
Situation under observation
Last Friday, “the mayors and leaders of the Sûreté du Québec met”, informs Mayor Sylvain Bergeron. The traffic of car and pedestrian walkers is one of the subjects which were discussed by the committee which wonders if this influx is rather made up of citizens of the island or people from outside.
“We want to isolate ourselves, but the government must do something so that people stop coming to visit us too,” says Nicolas Gagné, resident of Sainte-Pétronille.
As access to Île d’Orléans and its municipalities is via a provincial road, mayors do not have the power to restrict access to motorists.
The mayors are however in communication with the provincial authorities who are “listening to the comments of local elected representatives”, also indicates Sylvain Bergeron.