Our cooperative is a tangible, living and inspiring model of sustainable development. It’s a park where outdoor enthusiasts cohabit, whether they’re tourists, residents, farmers, cottagers, forest workers, tourism businesses and local organizations. This cohabitation promotes a continuous dialogue to reconcile economic, social and environmental interests of the Vallée Bras-du-Nord.
The story of the cooperative
In spring 2002, an emerging need within the community to have an entity that would create an harmonious development of ecotourism in the Vallée Bras-du-Nord. Riparian owners, companies offering recreational and tourism services, recreational tourism forest workers as well as local tourism stakeholders all had the desire for sound management and quality development that would enhance this beautiful valley. The birth of our cooperative is the fruit of a local consultation between all stakeholders.
To ensure a cooperative spirit, a harmonious and sustainable recreation and tourism development as well as the development of the Vallée of Bras-du-Nord and Saint-Raymond region.
- To become an essential recreational tourism destination in Quebec, and a prominent leader in mountain biking in eastern North America.
- To develop, manage and promote activities while providing quality services to our producer members, supplying work to our worker members, and ensuring a harmonious coexistence of the human environment and conservation of the natural environment and safety.
- To regroup in our mission shoreline property owners, businesses, workers, associations and organizations by creating a sense of belonging, and reconciling the interests and concerns of these groups and their respective customers.
- To strengthen and promote our innovative approach that integrates youth in the development of our trails.
- To strengthen and promote our cooperative model of sustainable tourism
Our core values
- Respect for the human and natural environment
- Member economic participation
- Commitment to the community
Integration of young people
- Management autonomy
- Participatory democracy
- Primacy of people
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)..
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.