Andyman

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  1. The F.-A.-Gauthier is back 19 OTHER After experiencing all kinds of problems over the past year, the ferry F.-A.-Gauthier, which provides the link between Matane and Baie-Comeau, resumed service on Sunday. Play Video QMI AGENCY Sunday, January 26, 2020 19:59 UPDATE Sunday, January 26, 2020 9:36 PM After having encountered all kinds of problems during the past year, the ferry F.-A.-Gauthier, which provides the link between Matane and Baie-Comeau, resumed service on Sunday. The boat made the two usual crossings scheduled, that of Matane to Baie-Comeau at 2 p.m. and that of Baie-Comeau to Matane at 5 p.m. After work on the ship's thrusters, which lasted a year and cost nearly $ 22 million, the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) had to repair the boat's engines. "We noticed, in terms of certain control systems, that the two electric motors that power our entire propulsion system were not working well," says Stéphane Lafaut, of the STQ. At the end of December, specialists from the manufacturer General Electric even had to be called in to help find the problem on the ferry and repair it. “We brought in the specialists directly from Europe. They spent, in fact, most of the holiday break working with our teams, ”continues Mr. Lafaut. The boat was out of service since December 17, 2018. In the past few days, the ferry has passed sea trials. The STQ ensures that its staff are ready too. Despite its return, air links are still maintained until January 31.
  2. Drama in Lac-Saint-Jean: the guide would have tried to save the front of the peloton The three survivors said that the guide asked them to turn back before leaving to catch up with the rest of the group 37 OTHER Drama in Lac-Saint-Jean: the guide would have tried to save the front of the peloton PHOTO AGENCE QMI, ROGER GAGNON Logo of journalist Pierre Paul Biron from the Journal de Quebec, Friday March 29, 2019. STEVENS LEBLANC / JOURNAL DE QUEBEC / AGENCE QMI) PIERRE-PAUL BIRON Thursday, January 23, 2020 4:10 p.m. UPDATE Thursday, January 23, 2020 4:10 p.m. SAINT-HENRI-DE-TAILLON | The expedition guide who turned to drama Tuesday evening would have voluntarily returned to the open waters of Lac Saint-Jean in an attempt to catch up with the front of the peloton, which was heading straight for death. He will finally have left his skin too. • Also read: [VIDEO] The son of a missing snowmobiler climbs the podium at the Biathlon World Cup • Also read: Drama in Lac-Saint-Jean: the identity of the five missing tourists revealed • Also read: [IN PICTURES] Resumption of research on Lac Saint-Jean to find missing snowmobilers According to Charles Tremblay, owner of the convenience store where the three survivors took refuge, guide Benoit Lesperance returned to the center of Lac Saint-Jean after making sure that the latter were safe and sound. "From what they told us, the guide came back to them after realizing that they were no longer following, that they had fallen into the water," says Mr. Tremblay. “He told them to come back here, to the convenience store, that they were going to catch up with the others and join them. He never came back. ” This testimony therefore suggests that the guide, probably understanding the danger of letting the five snowmobilers out in front, chose to risk his life to join them. "If he hadn't returned, he would have made it with the other three. But a guide will not let his world go. He surely put the gas on the bottom of the water to try to pass and join them, "believes Charles Tremblay. A local resident, Dany Gaudreault, also told the Journal on Wednesday that the police had seen "traces of snowmobiles turning around the islands and returning to the water", which could correspond to the whereabouts of the guide for find his group. Towards death This missing portion of the story would also explain why the three surviving snowmobilers did not panic when they arrived at the convenience store. For them, the rest of the group had only continued on their way. A path that will probably have led them to death. "When it's dark like that, you don't know what you're falling into." You don't know if it's a big hole or not, ”says the owner. According to his reading of the thread of events, the three French would never have really understood what had happened to their comrades. "They seemed to believe that they had taken the wrong path. They thought that the others had the right path to cross and that they had just continued. That's why they just said that they had lost their group and that they were trying to call them, ”says Tremblay, still shocked by the extent of the drama. "It's absolutely terrible."
  3. TQ3: a temporary agreement is concluded January 23, 2020 - Modified at 11:34 a.m. on January 23, 2020 Reading time: 30 s Photo of Shirley Kennedy By Shirley Kennedy TQ3: a temporary agreement is concluded The TQ3 and the beauty of the hinterland of the Haute-Côte-Nord will be accessible to snowmobilers and tourists, as of Saturday morning. (Photo: Facebook) An agreement has just been concluded between the Pourvoirie des Bouleaux Blancs and the Nord-Neige Snowmobile Clubs of Forestville-Colombier and Bourane of Portneuf-sur-Mer. The parties agree to a temporary route of the TQ3 according to that proposed by the Club Nord- Neige, conditional on snowmobilers agreeing to respect the marked trail of the TQ3 crossing the Seigneurie-des-Mille-Vaches, property of Tom Soucy. Another important condition, snowmobilers must also promise to avoid driving around the operations of the Pourvoirie des Bouleaux Blancs. Evidence of the goodwill of the administrators of the three parties involved, this agreement will be formalized this afternoon by the signing of relevant documents while the TQ3 trail will be accessible from Saturday morning. Share this article
  4. A guide with 20 years of experience French tourists weren't getting started with snowmobiles 7 OTHER Guide Benoit Lespérance lost his life. His body was recovered on Tuesday. PHOTO FACEBOOK The guide Benoit Lespérance lost his life. His body was recovered on Tuesday. ANTOINE LACROIX Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:00 AM UPDATE Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:00 AM The Montreal snowmobile guide who tragically perished in the Lac Saint-Jean accident on Tuesday evening was far from being his first expedition. He had about 20 years of experience. “He's been a snowmobile guide for a long time, he's an experienced guy. It didn't seem like a daredevil guy either. He was a very appreciated person, "said Stéphane René Tremblay, a friend who has known Benoit Lespérance for 15 years, completely flabbergasted. Frequent traveler, the latter was not often in Montreal. However, he still had a pied-à-terre in the metropolis, his daughter's apartment. "It had been a year since I last saw him and I saw him again last week. I can't believe this is happening, it's sad, ”added Mr. Tremblay, who also owns the apartment. The 42-year-old guide, who mentioned on Facebook having 20 years of experience, accompanied the group of eight French snowmobilers when the tragedy occurred in an unmarked area of Saint-Henri-de-Taillon. "I have a friend who died" “Personally, I have a friend who is [presumed] deceased,” testifies Francis Pierrel, an organizer of snowmobile trips to Quebec, in shock when speaking of one of the French victims. “He has been coming to snowmobile with me or others since 1995. He was passionate about Quebec and snowmobiling. " Departing from Saint-Michel-des-Saints on Monday morning, the troop stayed in the evening at Relais 22 Milles, not far from La Tuque, before finally hitting the road the next day towards the Lac-Saint-Jean region. Among the possible hypotheses, Mr. Pierrel does not rule out that the group dispersed on the path and that the tourists unfortunately found themselves in a precarious situation. "The guide may have seen them and gone to meet them to warn them of the danger," said Pierrel. Experienced tourists The company responsible for the trip, Aventures 3000, was stingy with comments all day. The owner of the company, Patrick Denis, refused to answer questions, but a shareholder of the company, Jean-Pierre Turci, however reacted to the "unfortunate event". He specified in particular that the tourists, like the guide, had experience with such devices. “We have five clients who died [missing] and a guide. Customers who came regularly, ”said Turci. Repeating several times do not want to "short-circuit" the survey. He added that he was "saddened to lose knowledge". It was impossible to know the identities of the French tourists involved. According to the France 3 channel, the three survivors are from Haut-Rhin, in the east of the country. The five missing tourists, aged 24 to 58, are from the Alsace or Vosges region.
  5. Snowmobile hike in Lac-Saint-Jean turns into a nightmare for a group of tourists LAURA LÉVESQUE The Daily Share A snowmobile hike in Lac-Saint-Jean turned into a nightmare for a group of nine tourists. One or more snowmobilers fell into the water on Tuesday evening. At the time of this writing, a victim had been recovered from the waters in critical condition. The Sûreté du Québec was however unable to confirm his death. Five other snowmobilers were missing shortly before 11 p.m. “The event started around 7:30 p.m. when a snowmobile fell into the water near the Grande Décharge river, near Saint-Henri-de-Taillon. He was able to get out of the water himself and contacted the emergency services. At that time he had lost sight of the rest of the group. Three other people from the group found themselves in a business in the sector. Firefighters and police later recovered a critical water man. He was taken to hospital. Rescuers are still looking for five other snowmobilers, ”said Marie-Michelle Moore of the SQ. The nine tourists were accompanied by a guide. The firefighters used nautical equipment for the searches and the police criss-crossed the area by snowmobile. Aid from the military was requested late in the evening. A helicopter was expected before midnight.
  6. Years past we would ride a few streets and join the trail you see in green by the e in Forestville. If I was sitting in Forestville I would be heading to that green trail to rejoin the 3 west of the bridge. When you click on the red dot is says Pont Boralex which is a power company. My guess is they are working on their dam or bridge??? Hopefully the local club comes up with a detour very soon.
  7. I know where this dam is I am just confused what is going on?
  8. No....they have it marked.....there is some sort of dam at the location
  9. Message already sent looking for info.
  10. Just got this reply and this is a quote moderators!!! "Yes there is a major f.... up there.... there is a river crossing that may not be too safe yet. We crossed twice good thing we came from the west...going west the trail is closed"
  11. Just west of Forestville as of yesterday. I will update as soon as I get more info. Maybe someone with good french could call the club president and ask what is going on as they have no website or Facebook presence. My buddies are on the ferry at press time!
  12. Like Mike I am retired and we both have more than 50 years under our belts on the snow and I agree with you Quebec Bob sometimes we just have to keep moving. However one day a number of years ago I wish I had taken others' advice and just stayed put and as we call it had a camp day rather than spend a night in a blizzard in a snow cave. From my aviation background: Learn from the mistakes of others you will never live long enough to make them all yourself!!! Andy
  13. I have sent a message to a group who say they got through awaiting an answer. They are using the ferry that goes to the Magdelan Islands today so there is a crossing but very undependable. Will update as I get info. Andy
  14. I put a post on a french forum and got an answer. Landowner issue with a right of way. My guess some moron ran through his fields or plantation and he has had enough. Too bad the local club would not put some updated info out so the FCMQ could update the online maps to prevent sledders from getting blocked in with nowhere to go.