A COLLECTIVE EFFORT TO SLOW THE TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS
Until further notice, Héritage Saint-Bernard and the City of Châteauguay require the collaboration of visitors in order to respect the employees on duty as well as the instructions issued by the public health authorities:
Hiking trails remain accessible, both at the centre écologique Fernand-Seguin and on the île Saint-Bernard (Tertre de l'île and refuge faunique Marguerite D'Youville). The principle of "first come, first in" applies to everyone for access to sites. Unfortunately, you may be denied access if the parking lot is full. A word of advice: arrive early to take advantage of it, favor visits during the week and favor active transportation
On Île Saint-Bernard, the Pavillon de l’île is open to provide access to the wildlife sanctuary and bathrooms (only a limited number of people will be allowed at one time). Café de l'île is also open monday to thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and friday to sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for take out orders.
At the centre écologique Fernand-Seguin, the reception chalet is open to access the toilets (access to a limited number of people at a time).
Visitors have to respect the new rules at all times. If the rules are not respected, staff are authorized to intervene to enforce them. If the offender does not cooperate, this person will be asked to leave the premises. If necessary, staff will contact the local authorities to report the situation and follow their recommendations.
In addition to the mask, people are encouraged to have their own hydroalcoholic gel and water bottle, since the water fountains are not accessible.
MEASURES DURING THE PANDEMIC
Wearing a mask is mandatory in outdoor queues and in closed places for people aged 10 and over. Visitors are also invited to have their own hydroalcoholic gel and water bottle, since the water fountains are not accessible.
Even in times of a pandemic, going off-trail is strictly prohibited.
Stay home if you or your family members have symptoms.
Respect closed areas and one-way streets.
Avoid traveling between regions.
Outdoor gatherings are permitted based on government guidelines.
You must be aware of the following essential elements and measures when visiting Île Saint-Bernard or the centre écologique Fernand-Seguin.
Wearing a mask is mandatory and it is recommended to have your own hydroalcoholic gel.
Wash your hands often, cough and sneeze into your elbow, avoid touching your face. Avoid touching furniture and infrastructure; if necessary, disinfect your hands.
Our team is taking the situation seriously to protect the health of visitors and employees and thus avoid the risk of the virus spreading. Hygiene, cleaning and disinfection measures comply with the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health. The spaces have been rearranged, the outdoor furniture has been removed or replaced, areas that are too small have been closed and access to the site has been restricted in order to respect the distance. We make sure that customers and employees adhere to hygiene measures and respiratory etiquette. We have also increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting interior spaces.
At the CENTRE ÉCOLOGIQUE FERNAND-SEGUIN, the chalet is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A limited number of people are allowed inside. The toilets are accessible during opening hours.
Sur L’ÎLE SAINT-BERNARD, le Pavillon de l’île est ouvert du lundi au jeudi de 8h à 17h et du vendredi au dimanche de 8h à 19h. Un nombre limité de personnes est admis à l’intérieur. Les toilettes sont accessibles durant les heures d’ouverture. Le Café de l’île offre son menu pour emporter. Des toilettes extérieures sont aussi à la disposition des randonneurs.
The municipal park of Île Saint-Bernard, also call the tertre (knoll), is open to the public. However, to respect distancing measures and prevent gatherings, some measures were taken: the mill is closed along with access to the stairs and the grotto. It is possible to walk in the orchard unless signs say otherwise.
We have had to cancel several activities to allow access to our natural sites and the reopening of walking trails. As, viewpoints and the garden are not accessible at the moment. Trails have been organized to respect the two-metre distance as much as possible. The Café de l’île offers take-out meals or picnic.
Since access to the parking lot at Île Saint-Bernard is limited, the parking spaces are reserved for visitors to Île Saint-Bernard only (hikers, clients, etc.). People who meet at the island to go for a bike ride in the area or to run in a group are asked to park somewhere else. This measure was already in place before the pandemic and will remain so after.
The ramp for non-motorized watercraft is no longer available on Île Saint-Bernard. Boaters can use the city of Châteauguay boat ramps found at the nautical centre, on Higgins road and on Salaberry Nord boulevard (La Sauvagine bridge).
The principale of "first come, first in" applies to everyone for access to sites. Unfortunately, you may be denied access if the parking lot is full. A word of advice: arrive early to take advantage of it, favor visits during the week and favor active transportation
Wearing a mask is recommended for everyone. Visitors are also asked to have their own alcohol-based hand sanitizer and water bottles since drinking fountains are not available. Masks and hand sanitizer are sold at the counter where you pay to enter at the Pavillon de l’île.
It is possible to bring a blanket to sit on to have picnic with members of your own family unit or use the outdoor furniture. Considering the exeptional measure implemented to prevent gatherings and maintain distancing, we ask that you plan shorts visits to Île Saint-Bernard so other visitors can take their turn and enjoying nature.
We will ensure that measures implemented are respected. If you see that this is not the case, please mention it to a staff member. We have received clear instructions and our protocols allow us to act quickly.
For reasons of privacy, we cannot divulge this information. However, rest assured that all measures will be taken to ensure the regular cleaning and disinfection of spaces. Furthermore, these measures are in place at all times to keep everyone safe.