August 9, 2022

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Port of Quebec: First harbor bath in North America

Port of Quebec: First harbor bath in North America

The wish of many was granted this Friday when the first swimmers entered the waters of the Louise Basin for the inauguration of the Oasis du Port de Quebec, the first port bath in North America.

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The first swimmers jumped into the waters of Bassin Louise on Friday, including federal minister Jean-Yves Duclos, former MP Agnes Maltese and Michel Beaulieu, representative of the Société des Gens de Baignade.

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The first swimmers jumped into the waters of Bassin Louise on Friday, including federal minister Jean-Yves Duclos, former MP Agnes Maltese and Michel Beaulieu, representative of the Société des Gens de Baignade.

Quay behind Espace 400e Completely renovated at a cost of $2.6 million.

Removable facilities allow access to the harbor bath, which has an area of ​​650 square meters and five lanes of 50 meters as in Olympic swimming pools.

Nearby, areas with a bar, terrace and street furniture are available to visitors.

Live the experience

Among the hundred people donning swimsuits this Friday, former Taschero MP Agnes Maltese is on the starting line. Remember that in 2006, she took part in a symbolic swim in the Bassin Louise so that citizens could one day reclaim the site.

News magazine Also tested the new basin, finding the water warmer than he had been holding. Rescue officials said a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded.

The depth of the basin is also very impressive. Depending on the tide, 16 feet can separate the bottom from the surface water. It is enough to scare the writer of these lines, they will reach the bottom very fast.

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The presence of algae can also create discomfort.

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Water quality

Quebec City conducted tests for two months to determine the quality of the river’s water. Daily reports are also prepared.

Moreover, for this first day of swimming, an “A” rating was recorded, meaning “excellent” water quality.

“Most of the time, it’s an A rating. 10% of the time it’s a B, very good,” says Marc-Olivier d’Amours, manager of the Port of Quebec’s Nordic Village. It should be noted that in Quebec water bodies, swimming above grade D is prohibited.

During our visit at midday, there were fewer swimmers. Mr. According to D’Amours, the site is still unknown and needs to be created, especially since access is free.

“People marvel at the harbor basin. They ask a lot of questions. However, the terrace of the oasis is filled with the view of the marina.

A few people there indicated that the water was refreshing, but comfortable. Same observation for rep LogHad a very pleasant time in a unique setting.

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