~ Boat Launch ~

You can use the public Pélissier ramp from May until October to put your boat in the water and take it out, for the summer cottaging season or for a day excursion.

A reminder that the ramp is open daily during the following hours:
– From 6am to 8pm (May -date TBC annually until June 23)
– From 6am to 9pm (June 24 until Labour Day)
– From 7am to 7pm (Labour Day until September 30)
– From 7am to 5pm (October 1 until October 14)
– From 9am to 5pm – Saturdays & Sundays only (October 15 until October 31)
Click here for a useful bilingual Safe-Boating Guide (which includes details on the fees), and here for the regulations related to the Public-access Ramp at Pélissier beach on McGregor Lake (available in French only).

Fees for Residents and Tax payers:

– Non-motorized boats: FREE
– Motorized boats: Fee ranges from $5 to $60 for the season (based on motor power/size)

Fees for Non-Residents:

– Non-motorized boats: FREE
– Motorized boats: Fee ranges from $10 to $120 per day (based on motor power/size)

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Boating regulations and good boating etiquette

Behaviour which amounts to the dangerous operation of a boat is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. Just as you would do if you witness dangerous car driving, call 911 if you feel the situation is urgent. 

Anyone who witnesses inappropriate or dangerous behaviour in the operation of a boat should try (only if safe to do so) to get some evidence (photo/video/boat registration number) so that they could provide information to the police. They should report it to the MRC des Collines police by calling (819) 459-9911.

Having fun on the lake should never be at the expense of someone’s wellbeing. We all need to do our part to ensure the lake is safe for everyone.

In August 2019, the MLA sent a formal letter to Mayor Jacques Laurin regarding the rising number of complaints from lake residents regarding boat safety issues on the lake, particularly on weekends. The MLA has reaffirmed its long-held position that the Municipality needs to step up its efforts to police the waterways on weekends and high traffic periods, as well as educate boaters, particularly those accessing rental equipment at the public ramp at Pelissier Park. You can read the letter here (Lettre à Jacques Laurin FRLetter to Jacques Laurin EN).

Here’s a refresher on boating regulations and good boating etiquette. Please ensure your kids/teenagers, guests and renters are also aware. Please read the safe boating guides linked below and the Small Vessel Regulations (EN / FR) for full details.

For all vessels (motorized and non-motorized):

  • Never operate a boat while impaired (alcohol/drugs) – this is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Regulations & good boating etiquette for motorized boats:

  • Operators are required to have a pleasure craft licence (EN / FR) and an operator card (EN / FR).
  • Operate at a low and safe speed in lower visibility and in smaller bays/channels/narrows.
  • Avoid doing U-turns close to shore, particularly in dead-end bays (e.g. near Pélissier Boat Ramp) and never do a U-turn at high speed, or near other vessels.
  • Be aware of other boats (motorized as well as non-motorized such as kayaks, canoes, SUP, sailboats) and swimmers around you. Keep in mind they can’t maneuver very fast, so motorized boats should not come too close.
  • Don’t follow a waterskier/kneeboarder or people towed in tubes; pass with a wide berth.
  • Do not jump the wakes of a boat that is towing a waterskier/tubing, etc.
  • Motorized boats should not be operated within 30 meters of the shore (unless docking); and should be operated at very low speed (at idle or close to idle, with bow down) within 50 meters of the shore or docks, and at low speed (with bow down) within 100 meters.
  • Keep the bow down, meaning your boat (be it a 15 hp or a 200 hp) should be in flat position to minimize the size of its wake as large wakes are bothersome (and can be dangerous) to other boats/swimmers.
  • A lifejacket must be available for each person on board as well as additional safety equipment (such as whistles, watertight flashlight, etc.). Visit this link for more details.
  • Don’t harass wildlife – steer clear of the ducks, loons, etc. swimming in the lake.

Rules & good boating etiquette when towing (waterskiing, barefoot skiing, tubing, kneeboarding):

  • You must have a spotter on board the boat who can keep watch on each person you are towing and communicate with you (as the operator, keep your focus on operating the vessel safely).
  • There must be an empty seat on your boat for each person you are towing in case they need to come on board.
  • You may only tow persons with a personal watercraft (e.g. seadoos) made to carry three or more people.
  • If someone you tow is not wearing a lifejacket, you must have one on board for him/her.
  • You may not tow anyone when visibility is poor or from one hour after sunset to sunrise.
  • Do not pull water skiiers/tubes, etc. within narrows and small bays.
  • Avoid repeatedly going around in a circle within one area (for e.g. when pulling kids on a tube).
  • When overtaking another boat, give a wide berth.

For non-motorized vessels (kayaks/SUPs/etc.):

  • A lifejacket must be worn or in the boat.
  • If it is worn, a whistle is also needed.
  • If it is not worn, a whistle and a buoyant 15 meters heaving line is also needed.
  • If operated in low light or after sunrise/before sunset, a watertight flashlight is also required.

The MRC des Collines Police will be issuing fines for boaters who are not respecting the federal regulations related to small vessels (motorized and non-motorized) and the fines can be steep.

Make sure to be safe and follow the rules while having fun on McGregor Lake!

 

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Watch your Wake!

Where and how you operate your boat can help McGregor Lake residents and visitors preserve the shoreline and improve safety for everyone.

Boating can be enjoyed, and wakes controlled, by operating your boat in a flat position.

Flat means bow down!

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Operating your boat at slow, almost idle speed, is a great way to cruise and enjoy the beauty of the lake in a natural flat-boat position;

– The channel between Mud Bay and McGregor Lake is an environmental sensitive area where boat speed is restricted to idle-speed only;

When operating your boat at faster speeds, use your engine to get your boat into a flat, or plane, position as rapidly as is safe then maintain this flat position;

Boats designed or driven to produce large wakes should avoid operating their boats in wake-producing mode in channels and narrower areas of the lake as these wakes destroy the shoreline, damage docks and moored boats, and have the potential in these smaller areas to create unsafe boating and swimming conditions.

Be smart, be courteous, and enjoy the lake, but…

Watch your wake!

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Safe-Boating Guide and Licensing

The Municipality of Val-des-Monts has published a Safe-Boating Guide (EN) & (FR).

Here are some links related to Pleasure-Crafts, including information on how to obtain your Pleasure-craft Operator Card.

-Pleasure-craft licensing (EN) & (FR)

-Proof of competency for recreational boaters (EN) & (FR)

-Pleasure-craft Operator Card FAQ (EN) & (FR)

– Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide 2019 (EN) & (FR)

Boating License Canada website (includes link to Boat Smart Exam – seulement disponible en anglais)

Info from Paddle Canada (disponible en anglais seulement)