Backgrounder: CED funds nine projects to modernize the tourism supply in the Cantons-de-l’Est region


Sherbrooke, Quebec, August 3, 2023Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

The following information is in addition to the news release issued on August 3, 2023, on CED’s financial assistance and the recipient organizations and businesses and their respective projects.


  • 9 projects supported by CED
  • $2,034,730 in financial contributions from CED
  • $6,487,928 in total investments generated


Recipient Municipality Project objective Main activities funded by CED CED Contribution Total project cost

Corporation Ski & Golf Mont-Orford


The aim of the project is to acquire and install a four-seater fixed ski lift with galvanized cables on the Alfred-DesRochers slope at the Mont-Orford ski resort, and the following equipment: a positioning conveyor with barriers and a concrete pit; signage; drive and return station with unrestricted entry and exit (electrical system); protection devices for machinery in motion and catwalks for outriggers; manufacturer’s manual and the issuing of an RBQ certificate of compliance; maintenance vehicle (metal structure attached to the main cable); upstream and downstream operating buildings; hydrostatic evacuation motor; and electrical distribution.

The new disengageable quadruple will increase lift capacity by 60%.

The CED funding will target all the project costs.




Corporation du vieux moulin d'Ulverton inc.


The business aims to develop an immersive, participatory, three-dimensional experience for its clientele with a view to increasing the number of visitors to its site and attracting visitors outside the summer season.

The main activities to be carried out are the design of an augmented reality application linked to the wool mill’s past activities, including the interface, animated character modeling and 2D video recording; the development of multilingual scripts and audio clips; project maintenance and management; leasehold improvements associated with winter heating; the acquisition of tablets and headphones; the refurbishment of old-fashioned machinery; and advertising for this project.

The CED funding will target all the project costs.




Société zoologique de Granby inc.


The Granby Zoo plans to adapt its tourist attractions to increase the zoo’s drawing power.

The main activities include upgrading the large mammal pavilion (home to elephants and giraffes), which is open to visitors during the winter; the addition of drinking fountains and water-bottle filling stations; the installation of shade structures on one of the terraces; and the revamping of the website.

The CED funding will target all the project costs.




Auberge du changement d'ère


The goal of the project is to develop Auberge du changement d'ère’s out-of-the-ordinary accommodations to help reinforce the Coaticook micro-destination.

The main activities will be to acquire and install three unique “Gouttes d’Air” accommodation units; two standard accommodation units; a washroom facility; equipment and furniture for an outdoor kitchen; and a tipi for gatherings.

The project will also include the interior design of the Ultra-Yourte 3; the acquisition of outdoor public furniture; and the restoration and stabilization of the stream’s banks.

The CED funding will target all the project costs.




Hébergement aux Cinq Sens


This Indigenous tourism sector business aims to modernize its facilities and reinforce the Piopolis micro-destination in Le Granit RCM.

The main activities involve the acquisition and installation of three tiny houses, including delivery, the installation of solar panels and propane systems, landscaping, and the addition of toilets in the units and a rainwater recovery system.

The project will also include the development of rental housing near the reception area and the creation of a digital and interactive medicinal plant trail.

CED’s funding will cover the acquisition and delivery of three tiny houses.




Camping de la rivière Nicolet inc.


Camping de la rivière Nicolet aims to develop its accommodations to reinforce the Wotton micro‑destination.

The main activities to be carried out are the addition of 40 visitor campsites, water and electricity hook-up infrastructure, a tipi, water games and a washroom facility.

CED’s contribution will focus primarily on the costs associated with the new campsites; infrastructure for hook-ups; the water games; and the washroom facility.




Vallée heureuse du Mont Élan 2004 inc.


The project aims to enhance the client experience at the Vallée heureuse du Mont Élan and increase the number of visitors by modernizing the site’s accommodations.

The main activities planned include adding several campsites for travellers, as well as a yurt, a shelter, toilets and nine disc-golf baskets; renovating living areas and the reception chalet; developing the brand and the website; and purchasing a commercial vehicle.

The CED funding will target all the project costs.




Camping Aventure Mégantic inc.


The project aims to develop the tourism supply at Camping Aventure Mégantic in response to the increase in the number of visitors to the Lac‑Mégantic region.

The main activities include the installation of high-efficiency furnaces; the development of 94 new sites (90 for visitors and 4 seasonal); changes to the campsite entrance; the addition of washroom facilities; the addition of a four‑season ready-to-camp facility; the installation of playgrounds and a spa; and required accessibility upgrades.

CED’s funding will focus on the costs associated with the development of new campsites for visitors.




La Halte des Pèlerins inc. 


The project aims to provide visitors to La Halte des Pèlerins with an enhanced experience and address new customer needs.

Activities include developing a reception area and a space in the vineyards for gatherings and presentations; redeveloping the parking lot, notably upgrading the signage and installing an electric charging station; creating a virtual tour; acquiring reservation software; and installing insectivorous bird houses.

CED’s funding will go towards all the project costs, except for the construction of the bird houses.





Media Relations, CED

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