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Tribute to the People of the St. Lawrence

Corporation des Amis du Port-Joli (2015)

Contribution to maritime life in Quebec

In 2015, the Musée maritime du Québec (MMQ) and the Fête des chants de marins seafarers’ shanty festival paid tribute to the Corporation des Amis du Port-Joli. Since its incorporation in 1997, the Corporation has become a flagship in protecting the maritime heritage of the Côte-du-Sud region and promoting its history with local residents and tourists. The MMQ wishes to acknowledge the work and dedication of Corporation volunteers and members who contribute to keeping the local maritime heritage alive and well through the achievement of constructive projects.

Thanks to the Corporation des Amis du Port-Joli, the Pilier de Pierre Lighthouse located offshore from Saint-Jean-Port-Joli was saved from demolition. Over the years since the new millennium, major improvements have been made to the lighthouse, including significant indoor and outdoor renovations and repairs to the landing wharf. The category of the lighthouse was also reclassified, making it a heritage building as designated by the federal government. In addition, improvements to the rest stop along Route 132, exploration and documentation of the SS Canadian shipwreck and creation of the maritime interpretation trail adjacent to the Saint-Jean-Port-Joli marina have been completed.

The origin of the Corporation

Public mobilization and public and private partnerships are central to the history of the Corporation des Amis du Port-Joli. The organization was founded informally in 1990, when it tackled an issue head on which was generating a heated debate: saving the Saint-Jean-Port-Joli wharf from demolition by the federal government. After several years of political wrangling, dialogue and public representations, the citizens were successful: restoration work on the wharf began. The new wharf was inaugurated many years later in 2003, providing local residents and tourists with a safe, convenient pedestrian access to the St. Lawrence River. Public mobilization and public and private partnerships are central to the history of the Corporation des Amis du Port-Joli. The organization was founded informally in 1990, when it tackled an issue head on which was generating a heated debate: saving the Saint-Jean-Port-Joli wharf from demolition by the federal government. After several years of political wrangling, dialogue and public representations, the citizens were successful: restoration work on the wharf began. The new wharf was inaugurated many years later in 2003, providing local residents and tourists with a safe, convenient pedestrian access to the St. Lawrence River.