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GRADUAL REOPENING OF NATURAL SITES IN CHÂTEAUGUAY

Veuillez prendre note que dès le 18 juillet, les personners qui entreront dans les bâtiments de l’île Saint-Bernard devront porter le masque.

Héritage Saint-Bernard and the city of Châteauguay are happy to announce the gradual reopening of Île Saint-Bernard and the centre écologique Fernand-Seguin in Châteauguay. Starting on June 3, walking trails will therefore be accessible, both at the centre écologique Fernand-Seguin and at Île Saint-Bernard (the tertre (knoll) and the Marguerite-D’Youville wildlife sanctuary). Other services and activities have been postponed until further notice.

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).

At centre écologique Fernand-Seguin, the reception building is closed until further notice to limit gatherings of people. A chemical toilet will be at the disposal of visitors outdoors.

However, considering the pandemic, sites will be reopened gradually to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Limited access to the parking lots will enable us to control the number of people entering the sites. Hygiene and physical distancing measures have been implemented to prevent the virus from spreading. 

Visitors must 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 or ask them to intervene.

We recommend that everybody wear a mask. We also ask that people have their own alcohol-based hand sanitizer and water bottles since drinking fountains will not be available.

MEASURES DURING THE PANDEMIC

  • ÎLE SAINT-BERNARD (REFUGE FAUNIQUE)
  • CENTRE ÉCOLOGIQUE FERNAND-SEGUIN
  • The parking is open at 100% 
  • On the island’s tertre (knoll), access to the mill, stairs and the cave is not allowed.
  • Picnics on blankets are allowed and furniture is available to visitors.
  • The boat ramp for non-motorized watercraft is no longer available on Île Saint-Bernard. Instead, 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).
  • A limited number of people will be allowed at the same time inside the Pavillon de l’île, to gain access to the Marguerite-D’Youville wildlife sanctuary and bathrooms.
  • The Pavillon de l'île is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Café de l'île will be open on june 22nd for take-out. The online order will remain available from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m https://order.chkplzapp.com/cafe-de-lile/menus.
  • Rates are in effect for trail access at the Marguerite D’Youville wildlife sanctuary. Contactless card payments are recommended.
  • Sites are patrolled continuously to ensure all visitors respect rules.
  • People with an annual pass for the Marguerite-D’Youville wildlife sanctuary will see this pass extended for at least three months (to compensate for confinement time and restricted access measures).
  • Changes have been made to some trail sections. One-ways were created to help physical distancing and narrow areas and play modules have been closed. Users will be informed of changes once they get to the site and must respect the new indications.
  • The Manoir D’Youville (hotel) and the Bistro La Traite will gradually restart their activities. For further information : manoirdyouville.ca / 450 692-8291.
  • Wearing a mask is recommended. Visitors are also asked to have their own alcohol-based hand sanitizer and water bottles since drinking fountains are not available.
  • The centre écologique reception building is closed until further notice to prevent gatherings.
  • Trails are open free of charge as usual.
  • A chemical toilet is at the disposal of visitors outdoors.
  • Changes have been made to some trail sections. One-ways were created to help physical distancing and narrow areas have been closed. Users will be informed of changes once they get to the site and must respect the new indications.

HIKERS' CODE OF CONDUCT

HYGIENE MEASURES

It is recommended to wear a face covering and carry your own hydro-alcoholic hand gel.

OTHER PEOPLE AND NATURE

Even in times of a pandemic, going off-trail is strictly prohibited.

SINGS AND NOTICES

Do not enter closed-off areas and follow one-way signs.

DISTANCING MEASURES

In narrow spaces, turn your back to the other users you pass and look at nature.

HYGIENE MEASURES

You must be aware of the following essential elements and measures when visiting Île Saint-Bernard or the centre écologique Fernand-Seguin.

Le port du masque est obligatoire et il est recommandé d'avoir votre propre gel hydroalcoolique.

Wash your hands often, cough and sneeze into your elbow, avoid touching your face. Avoid touching furniture and infrastructure; if necessary, disinfect your hands.

Q&A

Our team takes the health of visitors and staff very seriously so as to limit any potential virus spread. Our hygiene, cleaning and disinfection measures follow the recommendations of the Québec national public health institute. Spaces were reconfigured, outdoor furniture was removed, narrow and small areas were closed and access to the site is limited to respect physical distancing. We will ensure that visitors and staff respect hygiene measures and respiratory etiquette. We have also increased the cleaning and disinfection frequency of indoor spaces.

At the CENTRE ÉCOLOGIQUE FERNAND-SEGUIN, the reception building is closed to prevent people from gathering in groups. Changes have been made to walking trails to ensure physical distancing is respected. Rules are in place to ensure hygiene measures are respected. Educational and family activities have been postponed until further notice.

On ÎLE SAINT-BERNARD, a limited number of people will also be allowed to enter the Pavillon de l’île at once, to gain access to the Marguerite-D’Youville wildlife sanctuary and bathrooms. Educational and family activities have been postponed until further notice.

In the coming weeks, the team may ease measures, depending on the public’s participation and respect for rules. All this will take place in a way that complies with recommendations of public health officials.

At the CENTRE ÉCOLOGIQUE FERNAND-SEGUIN, the reception building is closed to the public. However, a chemical toilet is available outdoors for visitors and disinfectants are supplied for cleaning the toilet after use.

On ÎLE SAINT-BERNARD, the Pavillon de l’île is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A limited number of people will be allowed to enter. Bathrooms are available during opening hours. Chemical toilet are also available outdoors and disinfectants are supplied for cleaning the toilet after use.

The municipal park of Île Saint-Bernard, also call the tertre (knoll), is now 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 (e.g. during spraying periods).

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. Group activities, day camps and pontoon rides have also been cancelled. The Café de l’île offers take-out meals or picnic.

Since access to the parking lot at Île Saint-Bernard is limited, we have reserved the parking spaces 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).

People with an annual pass for the Marguerite-D’Youville wildlife sanctuary will see this pass extended for at least three months (to compensate for confinement time and restricted access measures).

It is not possible to "book" your hike on Saint Bernard Island. 

For the best chance of accessing the island, people are encouraged to use active transportation (biking, walking), if possible. 

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.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our team : info@heritagestbernard.qc.ca

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Île Saint-Bernard

480, boulevard D’Youville
Châteauguay (Québec)  J6J 5T9

Phone number : 450 698-3133
Email : info@heritagestbernard.qc.ca

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