Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

May 14, 2008 13:00 ET

Media Advisory: Free Shuttle Service Provided to Recreational Users at Laniel Dam

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) will be offering a free shuttle service this summer and upcoming fall from Kipawa Lake to the Kipawa River during the reconstruction of the Laniel Dam. This special shuttle service is being offered again this year to allow recreational users with kayaks and canoes to bypass the dam and have safe access to the river, away from the potential hazards of the construction site. It gives users access from the lake to the river and takes them to the nearest and safest point downstream of the dam.

The shuttle service will be available on demand, from May 15 to November 15, 2008, using a pickup truck. The shuttle service will allow users to safely bypass the dam with kayaks and canoes, away from the construction area. This service, for recreational users coming from Lake Kipawa to the Municipal Quay in Laniel, will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day, including weekends. The shuttle will leave from the Municipal Quay in Laniel and travel to the rest stop, about 3 kilometres north of Laniel on Highway 101. Users will need to request access through the owner of the restaurant, "Eau bord du quai," located about 12 metres from the Municipal Quay in Laniel. Signage will be posted to direct the public.

For the whole duration of the Kipawa Festival, from June 20 to June 23, 2008, the shuttle service will use two pickup trucks and will run continuously from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., from the Town of Laniel Parking Lot to the Telebec station adjacent to the bridge at Highway 101. PWGSC will also install a launching area at a rest stop, situated 3 kilometres north of Laniel on Highway 101. Festival goers are invited to make it to this rest stop on their own between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m every day to access the river. Please note that camping activities will not be allowed at the rest stop.

A portage trail will also be available at all times from the Telebec station to provide all users access to the river. Signs will be posted on site to direct the public.

PWGSC wishes to remind the public and all recreational users to stay clear of the construction site, to respect all construction signs, that the dam is part of the construction site and that passing through the dam sluiceway is prohibited at all times for safety reasons.

For more information about this service, please telephone the PWGSC National Service Call Centre at 1-866-664-6608.

PWGSC news releases are also available on our Internet site at: www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/medias-media/index-eng.html.

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