A magical moment in Montreal

A magical moment in Montreal

BETTING À DAY

During the years of repairing the bridge-tunnel, why not go OVER the top while navigating on the river?

A Madelinot with a melodious accent, Alain Arseneault pilots the Volkerak, a 47-seater that provides a free shuttle between Boucherville and the Tétreauville district of Montreal.

For the 7:15 a.m. departure, we are 14 passengers.

< p>“I hate public transport, I avoid the bus, but the boat is something else!” exclaims Chantale, a special educator who lives in Varennes and who has parked her car near the quay.

“My friends make me jokes about The cruise has fun , and, yes, it amuses me a lot to go boating for an hour a day! »

The Bellerive park landing stage is not close to any metro station. Three passengers have bicycles on board. One uses an electric scooter. For my part, it will be BIXI.

“The boat is magnificent during sunrise,” says Danielle, a teacher at Ville-Marie College, a fan of the river shuttle for more than a year. year.

“The boat takes 30 minutes to leave the island, compared to the hour and a half it could take me by car! says Pierre-Luc Blanchette, owner of the AAA Gourmet butcher shop.

“I would rather arrive oxygenated at work than get stuck in traffic! says Isabelle, a teacher who supervises the physiotherapy course at the Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine hospital.

She drinks her coffee and has breakfast on board.

Our companions crossing rejoice in the sight of the rising sun.

“I don't understand why so few people use the shuttle,” says Danielle.

Me neither!

Departures are every 45 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. from Boucherville to Montreal (from 10:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends) and from 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Montreal to Boucherville ( from 11 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. on weekends) Info: navark.ca

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