Enhancing the PPJ experience through a virtual tour

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Pontiac Warden and Mayor of Fort-Coulonge, Raymond Durocher stands with President of the PTA, Martin Bertrand during the Association’s Happy Hour at Esprit Rafting where they launched their new PPJ virtual tour.

Deborah Powell

DAVIDSON – The PPJ Trail offers a great


Pontiac Warden and Mayor of Fort-Coulonge, Raymond Durocher stands with President of the PTA, Martin Bertrand during the Association’s Happy Hour at Esprit Rafting where they launched their new PPJ virtual tour.

Deborah Powell

DAVIDSON – The PPJ Trail offers a great
opportunity to observe nature, learn more about what you’re seeing with the help of the many
interpretive panels, and to stop for refreshments and shopping in the villages along the route. Trail users can now tap into more than a hundred years of  PPJ Trail history through the region’s first virtual tour, which was launched at Esprit Rafting on June 16 during the Pontiac Tourism Association’s (PTA) Happy Hour.
Initiated by the MRC Pontiac in partnership with the PTA and the Pontiac Historical Society with financing from
the recently abolished regional conference of elected officials (CREO), the tour aims to help visitors and residents discover the history of the Pontiac Pacific Junction (PPJ)
railroad and how it touched people’s lives.
“It’s really important to get that history out and easily available in order
to enhance the Pontiac
experience for visitors and as an additional source of pride for residents,” said Emilie Chazelas, MRC Pontiac Cultural Agent.
Rich with videos, photos and print material, the virtual tour can be downloaded to smart phones or accessed by computer at www.baladodiscovery.com; scroll through the tour menu and click on ‘The Cyclopark PPJ: a Pontiac Train Story’. The next screen allows you to select points of interest by either clicking on the maps or choosing from the descriptive menu on the left.
Pontiac Tourism President Martin Bertrand also took the opportunity during the Happy Hour to speak about the advantages of being a member of the Association, as well describe the Association’s mission to improve what is offered for tourists in
the area and provide
a strong voice for the
industry to different levels of government.