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Yacht basin at CVGR (Aylmer) at the end of the season.
The Club de Voile Grande Rivière is the only sailing club which is located on the Québec side of this part of the Ottawa River, and it operates primarily in French. CVGR also ranks as one of the larger and better equipped clubs on this body of water.

The Club de Voile Grande Rivière was founded in 1974 to promote sailing among francophones. It also opened the region's first French language sailing school. For its first two years, the club operated out of a cottage on Lac Deschenes just east of it present location. The club moved to the Aylmer Marina when it opened in 1976. This marina was originally operated by an agency of the Québec Government responsible for economic and regional development. However, the CVGR took over the operation of the marina's yacht basin and boating facilities around 1990. The marina's pavilion and offices were taken over by an independently operated bar and restaurant.

The Club's facilities include a travel lift, pumpout, and 170 slips, most of which are equipped with electricity and dock lights. It should be noted that the CVGR has the only travel lift on this part of the Ottawa River, and it is therefore the best equipped club on Lac Deschênes to launch and haul out large boats.

The colour photo above shows the yacht basin at CVGR at the end of the season. The large structure with an orange/red roof on the left houses the independently operated bar and restaurant. The Club's brand new club house (completed in 2003) is located on the right side of the photo. Note the travel lift in the middle.

Historical note - Aylmer was home to one of oldest yacht clubs, and quite possibly, the oldest clubhouse on this part of the Ottawa River. Although not directly related to the CVGR, the Aylmer Boating Club was established in 1891, and became known as the Victoria Yachting Club a few years
Victoria Yachting Club in Aylmer, circa 1905.
later. It had up to 300 members and was described as being a "very exclusive club". It was next door to "Queen's Park", an amusement park with an elaborate water slide, an impressive merry-go-round, a roller skating rink, a maze, and other activities. All this was located in an area just north of Aylmer Island. Both the park and yachting club closed in the 1920's, but the area is still identified as "Queens Park" on today's nautical chart.


For more information about CVGR,
see their web site at: http://www.cvgr.qc.ca/

Club de Voile Grande Rivière (CVGR)
e-mail: infocvgr@cvgr.qc.ca
819-682-2847
C.P. 555, Aylmer,
Québec, J9H 1L1


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Text and colour photo by Michael McGoldrick.
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