Who we are

Vallée Bras-du-Nord is a solidarity cooperative based on an innovative model of cooperative management. Many awards over the years attest the success of our model, since the founding of the coop in 2002. This model combines the employees (workers), the producers of tourism services (producer members) and landowners providing rights of access (support members). Its Board of Directors consists of 11 members, divided into three categories.

All have a common desire to ensure sound management and quality development. This results in better control in regard of the tourist boom of the Valley, and builds a high sense of belonging among employees, partners and the community in general.

Our members

Producer members (13):

A person or company that has the ability to be a user of services offered by the Cooperative, and be a producer of services of the Cooperative. The Coop has 13 user-producer members of tourist services.

  1. Camp Kéno
  2. Authentik Canada
  3. Hôtel Le Roquemont
  4. Camping et chalets Etsanha
  5. Chalet en Bois Rond
  6. Chalet de la Rivière
  7. Chalet Villa Éco
  8. Au Chalet en Bois Rond
  9. Chalet Petit Loup
  10. Chalet Geai Bleu
  11. Camping de la Vallée
  12. Canyoning Québec
  13. Aventurex

Workers (20):

An individual who can perform any kind of work for the Cooperative. The Coop has 20 workers.

  1. Permanent team
  2. Eco-forestry workers
  3. Attendants
  4. Guides

Members of corporate and individual support (16):

Company or person who has an economic or social interest in achieving the objective of the Cooperative. The Coop has 16 supporting members.

  1. Corporation de développement de Saint-Raymond (corporate)
  2. Chambre de commerce régionale de Saint-Raymond (corporate)
  3. Dion Moto (corporate)
  4. 11 Vallée Bras-du-Nord residents
  5. 2 founding members

Rights of access

From the very beginning of the development of the Vallée Bras-du-Nord, we were supported by the local population who believed in this project. Visionary owners and trusted people who allowed a right of access for trail development on their land. Over time, we have developed this extensive network of trails. Without the support of the community and the openness of the owners, our development would never be what it is today. Here we salute the important contribution of these people, and thank them from the bottom of our hearts. They are, in their way, the builders of our unique ecotourism cooperative. Thank you all, and long live these agreements.

  1. Éric Alain
  2. Madeleine Alain
  3. Yvan et Denis Alain
  4. Frédéric Asselin
  5. Jean-Guy Cantin
  6. Julien Cantin
  7. Serge Cantin
  8. Frédéric Canuel
  9. Rollande Cloutier
  10. Mario Drolet
  11. Pierre Eggen
  12. Patrick Girard
  13. Paul-Émile Girard
  14. Gérald Jacques
  15. Marcel Jobin
  16. Pierre Leclerc
  17. Jacques Moisan
  18. Martin Moisan
  19. Sylvain Morasse
  20. Jovette Ouellet
  21. Doris Paquet
  22. Luc Petitclerc
  23. Réjean Plamondon
  24. Fanny Roy
  25. Charles Voyer
  26. Scierie Dion et Fils inc.
  27. Zec Batiscan-Neilson

The Team

  • Frédéric Asselin

    Director

  • Etienne Beaumont
    Director
  • Mathieu Dupuis Bourassa
    Director of operations
  • Antoine Lebeau
    Trail coordinator
  • Marie-France Tessier
    Client experience coordinator
  • Magalie Hurtubise
    Reservation manager
  • Philippe Jobin
    Graphic designer and communication agent
  • Simon Bilodeau et Sara-Maude Noreau
    Accounting Manager
  • Gézu Plamondon
    Field team leader
  • Gilles Morneau
    Bike trail designer (journalist and bike pro)

Board of Directors

  • President
    Jean Labranche
    Hôtel Roquemont
    Producer member

  • Vice-president
    Gilles Morneau
    Mountain bike specialist
    Supporting member
  • Vice-president
    Etienne Beaumont
    Directeur adjoint
    Worker
  • Treasurer and Secretary
    Louis Cantin
    Corporation de développement de Saint-Raymond
    Supporting member
  • Administrators
  • Marc-AndrÉ Lebuis
    Villa Éco
    Producer member
  • Charles Lessard
    Au Chalet en Bois Rond
    Producer member
  • Hugo Lefebvre
    Producer member
  • Marie-France Tessier
    Client experience coordinator
    Worker
  • Mathieu Dupuis Bourassa
    Director of operations
    Worker
  • Antoine Lebeau
    Trail coordinator and head guide
    Worker
  • Philippe Jobin
    Graphic designer and communication agent
    Supporting member

 

Our partners

*by alphabetical order
  • Accès travail Portneuf
  • Aventure Écotourisme Québec
  • Caisse populaire Desjardins de Saint-Raymond-Sainte-Catherine
  • CAPSA Portneuf
  • Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Portneuf
  • Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Portneuf (CLSC Saint-Raymond)
  • Chambre de commerce régional de Saint-Raymond
  • Commission scolaire de Portneuf
  • Concert’Action Portneuf
  • Conférence régionale des élus de la Capitale Nationale
  • Corporation de développement de Saint-Raymond
  • CLD de Portneuf
  • Développement économique Canada
  • École secondaire Louis-Jobin, Saint-Raymond
  • Emploi-Québec
  • Fédération québécoise de la marche
  • Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable
  • Forum jeunesse de Québec (FRIJ)
  • INAQ (Intervention Nature Aventure Québec)
  • L’Autre avenue, organisme de justice alternative - Donnacona
  • Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs (Québec)
  • Ministère des Ressources naturelles (Québec)
  • Ministère du Tourisme du Québec
  • Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC)
  • MRC de Portneuf
  • Office du tourisme de Québec
  • Sans trace Canada
  • Secrétariat à la Capitale-Nationale
  • Service Canada
  • Table d’actions préventives jeunesse Québec-Centre
  • Table de concertation en environnement de Portneuf
  • Table de gestion intégrée des ressources et du territoire
  • UQAC (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi)
  • Vélo Québec
  • Ville de Saint-Raymond
  • Zec Batiscan Neilson
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ABOUT

Our cooperative model is a tangible, living and inspiring sustainable development. It's a park where outdoor enthusiasts coexists, whether they're tourists, residents, farmers, cottagers, forest workers, tourism businesses and local organizations. This cohabitation promotes dialogue and real and continuous dialogue to reconcile economic, social and environmental requirements of the Vallée Bras-du-Nord. Read more

A model of sustainable tourism

To give our ambitions a chance to avoid uncontrolled exploitation of the territory, the Vallée Bras-du-Nord coop adopted since its inception the principles of sustainable tourism development. Not only is it our philosophy, but also a duty and above all, a responsibility. Read more

Our success stories!

Vallée Bras-du-Nord is the recipient of numerous awards. We are cited as an example throughout Quebec and internationally as a model of sustainable tourism integrating both young, local people and local stakeholders. Read more

Our social and job reintegration projects

Every year since 2002, Vallée Bras-du-Nord coop hires a dozen youth from Portneuf region who went through various issues of life (dropping out of school, substance abuse, delinquency, etc.) We offer them a few months in a different kind of school, the forest. Here, they work to build and maintain our trail system. This unusual approach forces them to confront a hostile environment that teaches patience, tolerance, discipline, teamwork, determination and perseverance. Read more

Option plein air: outdoor adventures

Louis Jobin High School in St. Raymond has developed a school program with an outdoors concentration that leverages the wealth of St-Raymond’s territory and surrounding areas. It was built in collaboration with Vallée Bras-du-Nord’s coop, whose expertise in education through adventure and nature has been successfully used. The school offers this program to students of 4th and 5th secondary level. Read more

Conference offers

Many successes in recent years and multiple benefits generated by Vallée Bras-du-Nord’s model of cooperative solidarity attract curiosity. This model shines throughout Quebec and beyond its borders. Read more

Press

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Continuity : Development Plan for 2012-2017

Since the founding of Vallée Bras-du-Nord in the summer of 2002, much effort was devoted to start-up and implementation of the cooperative. More specifically, this first phase of development is defined by the creation of many trails, equipment, facilities and events (raids, competitions, etc.) Total investments of this first phase are estimated at more than $5 million. Read more