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  • Hunter Cresswell

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La Pêche plans to prohibit swimming at the Wakefield covered bridge.

Following a recommendation from a Quebec coroner in a report about a summer 2021 drowning om the Gatineau River near the bridge, La Pêche Mayor Guillaume Lamoureux announced on April 20 that the municipality plans to forbid swimming at the popular river spot.

He announced the plan on his Facebook page on April 20 along with a citizen meeting with a question and answer period at 8 p.m. on April 27 about the coroner’s report.

“The details regarding the bylaw itself are not yet final so I don't know the timeline yet,” Lamoureux wrote in an email to the Low Down when asked how and when the ban would be enforced.

“I recommend that the municipality of La Pêche review its laws to prohibit all swimming at Gendron Bridge due to the dangers of the river and to avoid drownings,” Coroner Francine Danais states in her report, which the Low Down received from the Quebec coroner’s office.