Parc national d'Oka receives Mention Kéroul award for 2012
Montreal, May 29th, 2012
Parc national d'Oka, managed by the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq), has won the Mention Kéroul 2012. The award was presented at the Gala des Grands Prix du Tourisme québécois, held on May 28 in Sherbrooke and attended by numerous tourism industry representatives.
"Kéroul is proud to highlight the significant efforts of Oka park to make its facilities accessible to persons with restricted physical ability," said André Leclerc, President and CEO of Kéroul. "A member of the Sépaq network, Oka has been a pioneer in improving accessibility among organizations that offer outdoor activities."
André Leclerc presented the award to the park's director, Richard Rozon, who stated: "We are particularly proud of the work done by our staff to make the Huttopia tent and other park infrastructure accessible to persons with restricted physical ability."
Lodging, activities and services
In addition to the Huttopia tent, Oka park has installed adapted facilities, including accessible washrooms, accessible community services (beach, boutique, cafeteria), and a one-kilometre multi use asphalt path. As well, the park rents services and equipment that include two adapted Huttopia tents ("ready-to-camp" concept), a Hippocampe beach wheel chair, "skivels" (customized skis fitted to wheelchairs for moving over snow), etc. The program at Oka park also features several discovery activities that enable visitors to find out more about the park's history, flora and fauna.
Sépaq has been retrofitting many of its facilities over the past few years to better accommodate a reduced-mobility clientele in the park network as well as in various tourist resorts and wildlife reserves. No fewer than five establishments managed by Sépaq are recognized by The Accessible Road—the Aiguebelle, Îles-de-Boucherville, Mont-Saint-Bruno and Oka national parks, along with the Québec Aquarium.
Photo (left to right): André Leclerc, Kéroul's CEO; Richard Rozon, Director, Parc national d'Oka; Lyne Ménard, Assistant Director, Kéroul
Photo credit: Pierre Beauchemin, ITHQ
Lyne Ménard, Assistant Director
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