Even the Waters of the Saint Lawrence River are Celebrating!
The Saint Lawrence River, Québec City, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are long-time partners.
Without this waterway, which has always transported people and merchandise, Québec City would never have come into existence. And still today the river is an integral part of the identity and culture of this city, which over time has become a true maritime community.
But it would not be what it is today without the people who over the years have tamed and used this waterway, this "road that walks," which has been so essential to the development of the city.
Today, the Saint Lawrence River has become a trade route that must be kept accessible and safe. This is the responsibility of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, working through its regional office and the Canadian Coast Guard base, both located in the Old Port of Québec.
But the Department also plays a wider role. It places buoys to mark navigable routes and clears those routes of ice, facilitates maritime communications, and saves lives. It also undertakes scientific research, protects this marine resource, and manages commercial and recreational fishing. Finally, it supplies hydrographic data, maintains a network of fishing harbours and protects marine habitats and the environment.
As a partner in the history and socio-economic development of Québec, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will participate in the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the city's founding by offering a number of free activities to the public.
Find out what our site has to offer you.
What's been done
- A committee responsible for the 400th anniversary preparations was created in 2006 and a calendar of events was developed.
The Canadian Hydrographic Service has published a commemorative map that traces founder Samuel de Champlain’s travels between France and our land.
- Three main activities were prepared:
- An exhibition to teach visitors how the Canadian Coast Guard is an integral part of Québec City’s history, as its activities have largely promoted Québec City’s socio-economic development.
- It also describes the essential services this federal agency provides to the Canadian economy and the interesting and stimulating career opportunities it offers.
- The famed heritage launch Surveyor was in Québec City during the summer of 2008.
What will remain
- Greater awareness of the contribution of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to the economy and history of Québec City and Canada
- A lasting memory for generations to come