Lower North Shore finally connected by road at western end

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Lower North Shore finally connected by road at western end

Am counting the days to being able to drive off the coast for the first time:
 
La route 138 bientôt jusqu'en Basse-Côte-Nord

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Old Fort Bay, St. Paul's River, and Blanc Sablon on the eastern end of the Lower North Shore were connected to the Labrador Highway about ten - fifteen years ago.

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(SDI translation)
 
The construction of the bridge, which crosses the great Natashquan River is virtually completed

the construction of the bridge that spans the vast Natashquan River is virtually complete. This fall, it will be possible to drive up to the village of Kegaska, located at 80 km from Natashquan.  (actually 44 km...)
 
It remains only to complete the paving of the bridge. The official inauguration of the bridge by the Ministry of Transport should be done in the next few weeks.
 
Thirty young Innu of Natashquan have participated in the construction. Ex-chief of the Innu community of Natashquan, Richard, supra; Malec stressed that these young people are now proud to have contributed to the yard. They were able to learn their craft, he adds.
 
Conflict finished

for Richard, supra; Malec, who works for Atik Construction joint venture the Innu in charge of the work, the conflict between the community leader, Rodrigue Wapistan and Atik construction is now a thing of the past. "It has been able to realize this bridge, despite all the criticisms, accusations", commented Mr., supra; Malec.
 
According to him, the main argument of the leader, who was opposed to the construction of a bridge with central pillar, no longer holds the road. "It was a pretext, believes Richard, supra; Malec, he said it was going to harm salmon. I can tell you that this year, c'has been one of the most beautiful seasons of harvest of salmon on the big river Natashquan. "
 
The village of Natashquan was connected by road 138 in 1996. It took 17 years to continue the road up to Kegaska.

 

Unionist

Bravo, and welcome back BB!

 

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Thanks, U. At the rate they're going, the whole Lower North Shore should be accessible by road - 100 years from now!

I'll post when I'm able, still busy here, and have a hospital date coming up. Nothing serious, hopefully - just tests.

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The Natashquan River bridge is now opened, and we have a gravel road all the way to Kegaska from the bridge. So - when are babblers coming for  a visit? Laughing

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Quebec  AM (CBC):
New road connects Kegaska to the province
People in Kegaska on the Lower North Shore can now drive to Natashquan and the rest of the province, because of a new bridge and road. Catou MacKinnon speaks with crab fisherman Harold King about what this means for Kegaska.
 

TVA:
Prolongement de la route 138
Le pont de Natashquan inauguré

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Boom Boom, I just reread your OP. It is too bad you can't modify it, cause you were always able to drive off the coast, just now you can do it without getting wet. (Okay, I crack myself up, sorry it is at your expense)

Unionist

Actually, you can drive off just about any coast, if you're willing to retrieve the balls.

 

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Gee, Boom Boom, you're making me homesick for Cartwright (NL)...the video of the townscape has similarities. It looks to be about a 500 km trip by boat, though.

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Boom Boom wrote:

The Natashquan River bridge is now opened, and we have a gravel road all the way to Kegaska from the bridge. So - when are babblers coming for  a visit? Laughing

 

Well, it looks like Kegaska is quite the tourist attraction. Maybe you should prepare for an inundation of babblers! 

Check this out:

http://www.tourismlowernorthshore.com/kegaska.asp

 

The "Navigators' Route" boat trip sounds awesome.  Not to mention hiking trails, beaches and whale watching. Sounds great. I've enjoyed exploring the south shore around Rimouski but this looks even better.

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I've probably seen 2 or 3 whales in the 18 years I've lived on the coast. However, I see small sharks almost every fall around this time in the harbour  feeding on the caplin.

Kegaska still has about 40 km of gravel roads from Natashquan - very hard on tires. No service station here (in Kegaska) but if you need help, someone will oblige.

I don't have a spare bedroom yet, but am thinking of getting a folding bed for visitors.

janfromthebruce

Boom Boom are you originally from there? It just seems so remote.

Also checking here the population for Kegaska is 130 people in which you are one. I also noted that you are lucky and have an NDP MP representing you. 

Philip Toone Gaspésie--Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Member of Parliament

Deputy House Leader
Deputy Critic for Fisheries & Oceans (Atlantic)

Great that you got a road.

lagatta

Jan, Boom Boom certainly has an NDP MP, but not Philip Toone: http://jonathangenestjourdain.npd.ca/ One of the two Indigenous Québec NDP MPs (the other,obviously, is Romeo Saganash). Both of these bros represent ridings larger than a great many sovereign States...

Please correct me if there are other Indigenous NDP MPs from Québec!

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Yeah, Jonathan is my MP. Has a wicked sense of humour, and is quite a clothes horse. No one in Parliament is as dapper as he.

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I've served in remote locations before, so I knew what to expect. I like the solitude. I've been on the coast since 1995, and was just south of James Bay before moving here. I feel lost in the city.

lagatta

Boom Boom, I was going to say not just how dapper he is, but also "such a handsome young man", being a dirty old lady, but I don't want to be like men of a certain age objectifying attractive - and also intelligent and accomplished - young women. He is very witty, I presume in Innu as well as in French and Engish.

There are parliamentary videos at his website.

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Thanks - I didn't know about "parliamentary videos". I'm shocked, I tells ya! Laughing

janfromthebruce

lagatta wrote:

Jan, Boom Boom certainly has an NDP MP, but not Philip Toone: http://jonathangenestjourdain.npd.ca/ One of the two Indigenous Québec NDP MPs (the other,obviously, is Romeo Saganash). Both of these bros represent ridings larger than a great many sovereign States...

Please correct me if there are other Indigenous NDP MPs from Québec!

Thank you. I tried to figure it out but I missed my mark. Genest-Jourdain is the only Innu currently in Parliament. Watching a video right now and thanks for directing us to this smart young man who also is a smart dresser.

It's interesting how the media party likes to describe the youthfulness of the Quebec NDP caucas as lacking bench strength or accidential. Genest-Jourdain like most of the newly elected fresh perspective NDP MPS as just the opposite.

lagatta

Moreover, while young by gerontocratic standards, Genest-Jourdain isn't a kid - he's 34. He just looks young. Peter Penashue (Cons, Labrador) is also an Innu, but had to stand down due to campaign irregularities, and was then defeated in a by-election.

janfromthebruce

Lagatta, I am in agreement with you - Genest-Jourdain is not a kid and has great experience coming into his position as MP. He was elected municipally in 2009, went to law school and practiced corporate law since 2007.

Sounds like he at age 34 has a ton more educational/professional/work experience, coupled with previous political experience (elected municipally) than the current Liberal leader at age 43.

That is the difference of someone who not a born silver spoon politician and one who is actually driven and worked their way to where they are today.

Bomb Bomb you are so lucky.

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I hope Jonathan runs and gets elected again, I really like him. Imagine in ten years or so and he's still an elected MP - imagine him taking a run at the leadership - fluent in three languages.

I hope Mulcair can get elected as PM and he hands J G-J an important portfolio in the meantime. Smile

janfromthebruce

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So when do we get to the point where the road is contiguous all the way to Blanc-Sablon? How many segments are missing between Vieux-Fort and Kegaska?

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Oh, gosh. Good question. I was talking just yesterday with someone who lives in Tete-a-la-Baleine (Whalehead) and she said the road that was promised between Chevery and Whalehead is nowhere near completed. A road between Harrington Harbour Island (where I used to live)  and Chevery hasn't been started yet. The road between La Romaine and Kegaska was started about four years ago, and so far only about two kilometers has been completed.

I have no idea at all if road construction has begun in Old Fort Bay heading west at all. There is a paved road going from Old Fort right to Labrador.

Various people have called for investigations as to where federal and provincial monies that were given for the roads have gone, because it appears to have been misappropriated.