The annual event is intended to promote the safety of the St. Lawrence River and demand public access for swimming.


About 30 people braved the cool weather Saturday morning and jumped into the St. Lawrence River to promote “safe, public access” to swimming in the Jacques-Cartier basin in the Old Port of Montreal. The event, known as the Big Splash, was organized for its 15th year by the Fondation Rivières. The environmental organization insists the waters of the Jacques-Cartier basin are “practically always clean, and access is safe.” Nonetheless, the Old Port of Montréal Corporation refuses to authorize swimming in the area.


Auteur: La Presse Canadienne

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