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Posted by Michael McGoldrick, Tue Feb 5 2013 at 10:54 pm

No new cable ferry for Quyon until 2014.
A new cable ferry operation at Quyon that was supposed to start in 2013 will now be delayed until 2014.

Last year it was reported that Quyon Ferry operation was going to replace its two smaller diesel-powered ferries by a much larger cable ferry.  However, higher than expected construction and dredging costs means the introduction of the cable ferry will be delayed by a year.

The Quyon  Ferry operation crosses the Ottawa River between Quyon,  on the Quebec side, and a point just north of Fitzroy Harbour, on the Ontario side.

Since a cable ferry is pulled across a river by large cables, such an operation could have implications for sailboats heading upriver. However, with most ferry operations of this type,  there is usually sufficient sag in the cable trailing from the ferry’s stern to allow sailboats to pass at some point behind the ferry. Moreover, the cable is usually slackened when the ferry is at dock.  Nevertheless, it is not clear if sailboats will be able to pass through this part of the Ottawa River while the cable ferry is in motion.

One potential advantage of an electric-powered cable ferry operation is that it should be far less noisy than the current diesel-powered ferries.  This means it may be possible for people to spend the night tied up at the Quyon docks with a little peace and quiet.

The CBC report about the cable ferry operation being delayed until 2014:

An earlier report about the introduction of a cable ferry operation in 2013:

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