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May 30 2012

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New Quyon Ferry will be bigger and better

Local representatives for the Pontiac region

Politicians and local representatives were at Quyon's Lions Club Hall Friday to announce a new ferry being built. The new vessel will raise the carring capacity of the ferry from 10 tons to 90 tons, allowing for larger vehicles including tractor-trailers and large campers. Pictured left to right, MNA for Pontiac Charlotte L'Écuyer, Pontiac Mayor Eddie McCann and Quyon Ferry owner and operator Don McColgan.Photo by Hamish McKillop, THE EQUITY

BY HAMISH MCKILLOP
Equity Reporter

After years of planning and anticipation, the announcement came: Quyon will soon be receiving a brand-new ferry, which is currently being built, that will better accommodate tourists, truckers, campers and the environment.

At an estimated cost of $2.84 million, including the cost of building the new ferry and making changes to the docks, the new ferry will replace two smaller ferries that had a limited capacity for carrying certain types of vehicles.

In order to accommodate the new ferry, $1.2 million will be required to dredge the riverbed to accommodate the new boat and its significantly larger carrying capacity, according to Dwight Eastman, chairman and general manager of the Mohr’s Landing and Quyon Port Authority.

Canada Economic Development is providing up to $600,000 and up to $488,827 is being channeled from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev) to help cover the construction of the new docking terminals, at Quyon and Mohr’s Landing.

According to ferry owner Don McColgan, “they’re cutting the steel right now.”
The official launch is expected by next spring in time for the 2013 season.

See Page 1 of the May 30, 2012 issue of THE EQUITY for the full story.

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