Usage of the Linear Park
The end of rail activity, and the removal of the tracks in the 1980’s along lac Mercier, marked the beginning of a major dispute between those who wanted the linear park for snowmobiles and those who favoured “green” activities like Nordic skiing.
- In 1990, the association created a committee for the Linear Park, whose specific mandate was to address the problem of the snowmobiles along the abandoned rail bed, and it’s activities included.
-Meetings with snowmobile clubs, and l’ Association Touristique des Laurentides (ATL)
-Submission of a Memorandum, and various representations to the Municipality of Mont-Tremblant the MRC, the CRLL, Canadian Pacific, and the Provincial Government in order to find solutions to reduce the major problems associated with the dense traffic of the snowmobiles, night and day
-Multiple interventions in order to find a detour track for the snowmobiles (1991-1993)
-Because of failure of all consultative measures, a lawsuit was begun.
-Presentation of a request for a Summary Judgement, which would prohibit snowmobiles along the Linear Park (October 1993). The Government of Quebec imposed two injunctions, opposing our legal procedures
Finally, failure of our legal proceedings because of the decision of Judge Crête (August 1996)
The frozen lake became a race track for snowmobiles during the winters 1992 and 1993.
- The association was mandated to utilize all available measures to protect the rights of residents. Different methods were utilized in an attempt to control the snowmobile activity on the lake (1993-1998)
- Full support to the « Coalition pour la protection de l’environnement du parc lineaire Le petit train du Nord » created later.
-Finally, success with Judge Langlois’s decision on November 30, 2004, permanently prohibiting snowmobiles along the Linear Park from Saint-Faustin-lac-Carré to Labelle
-After several years of delay, the decision was appealed, and it was not until 2009 that the matter was definitively settled in favour of the residents along the linear park.
- Ongoing participation in the dossier relating to future usage of the linear park, including :
-Opposition to the proposal to asphalt the Linear Park (since 2004)
-Constant vigilance in the face of promoter-driven projects for non-ecological activities along the Linear Park
-Opposition to the project of a tourist tram (2006)
-Interventions opposing the project to “renew the Petit train du Nord” (since 2006 and still active)
-Request to the regional municipality to authorize non-motorized activities along the Linear Park i.e. walking, snowshoeing, skiing (since 2005)
- Requests to the Regional Municipality to define the rules, rights and occupation permits along the Linear Park (2005-2014)
-Evaluation of non-authorized occupation of the shoreline at the level of the Linear Park
-Request that formal occupation permits be given, following the installation of numerous new docks and fences along the track (2005)
- Several interventions with various organizations to promote non-polluting “green” activities along the Linear Park
- Actions undertaken to prevent the destabilization of the artificial surface along the Linear Park and to maintain the stability of the rail bed along the shoreline where important contaminants are buried below the surface
- Requests to the Regional Municipality (MRC) to minimize their cutting of vegetation along the park in order to protect the shoreline.
The Association remains equally vigilant in resisting the pressures to pave the surface of the linear park with asphalt.