Association des propriétaires du lac Gagnon


Concerts Duhamellois                                      

(August 14 2018) Concerts Duhamellois
Duhamel is inviting you to concerts.

Click here for details

50th - Celebrating lac Gagnon                                      

(August 8th 2018) APLG’s 50th Anniversary
The weather forecast is still good for Saturday, however, check your emails, if we have to postpone the event to Sunday because of the weather, we’ll send an email out on Friday.
Here are some final details and reminders to make this a successful event.
  • 1) Schedule: The reception opens as of 11:30. Voluntary donation (suggested amount $5 for adults and $3 for children 8 and under).
    The meal will be served around noon. Activities will take place throughout the afternoon.
  • 2) Reservations: This is your last chance. We have 175 people already, so if you haven’t reserved, please let us know by return email no later than Thursday evening (number of adults and children) so we can ensure there is enough food for everyone.
  • Access to the beach area: By boat: This is the easiest. Volunteers will be on hand to direct traffic so the area in front of the party is kept clear, please listen to them.
    By road: The beach can be accessed by Chemin du lac Gagnon Est, near P1. The Municipality will be directing traffic there. With the heavy rains lately, the two access paths are quite muddy. We recommend you use the road by the gate, but it is a bit of a walk.
  • Meal: The meal (2 hot dogs, chips, veggies and a drink) does not include dessert. You’ll need to bring your own if you want something sweet afterwards.
  • Lac Gagnon Tees and hoodies. Special introductory price
    They will be available on site for an introductory price of $15 for the T-shirt and $40 for the zippered hoody. Cash or cheque only please. After Saturday, they will only be available at the Serjo convenience store for $17.50 and $43.50 (plus tax).
    They are truly representative of our lake and a great gift idea for family and friends.
  • Thanks: We’d like to mention the Municipality’s and SÉPAQ’s excellent collaboration. They’ve been helping us since the very beginning.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
The APLG Board of Directors

Lost and founds                                      

(August 3rd 2018) Two docks and a peddle boat were found after last week’s torrential rains. Click here for the details

50th - Celebrating lac Gagnon                                      

(August 2nd 2018) APLG’s 50th Anniversary
There are only 10 days left before the August 11th activity. Thank you to everyone who has already replied. So far, the long-range weather forecast is excellent. You will find below additional information to help make this a memorable event
  • In our first communication, we had mentioned that the cost would be a voluntary donation. The suggested amount is $5 for adults and $3 for children 8 and under. Of course you can always contribute more. Any surplus will be used for our activities on behalf of property owners.
  • New picnic tables will be available for the event, but there won’t be room for everyone. We suggest you bring beach chairs.
  • Soft drinks and water will be provided with the meal. If you want to bring your own drinks, please bring cans.
  • There will be beach activities, such as volleyball, pétanque and tug of war. Feel free to bring your own beach games.
  • There will also be face painting for children, gifts for the younger children (8 and under) and a draw with several prizes.
  • As an added surprise, we’ve had t-shirts and sweatshirts printed that are representative of our wonderful lake (see attached pictures). They will be available to buy at a cost of $20 for the t-shirt and $50 for the zippered, hooded sweatshirt. (Payment by cheque or cash only please.)
  • IMPORTANT - RESERVATIONS Some 100 people have already confirmed they will be attending and we’re still getting responses. To ensure we have enough food for everyone, please reserve by return email as soon as possible.
  • IMPORTANT - SECURITY The APLG, Municipality or SEPAQ will not be supervising children. It’s your responsibility to keep an eye on your children at all times.
We look forward to seeing you all.


(July 23rd 2018) Environment - Nominingue
Interesting article about the prohibition of gaz motor boats on lake Sainte-Marie, in Nominingue in the Laurentians: La Presse - Bateaux à moteur à essence: Nominingue obtient une rare victoire (French only)

50th - Celebrating lac Gagnon                                      

(July 19th 2018) APLG’s 50th Anniversary
It’s official. We’re celebrating the APLG’s 50th anniversary as announced in the Remous and at the Annual Meeting. The details are provided below:
  • Date: Saturday, August 11th at noon (postponed to Sunday the 12th in case of rain)
  • Location: South end beach/picnic area (access by boat or by car)
  • Meal: BBQ hot dogs (regular, vegetarian and gluten free (prepared separately)), soft drinks, vegetable platters. You can bring your own drinks as well.
  • Activities: Games, surprises, prizes for children
  • Cost: Voluntary donation, the suggested amount will be indicated at a later date.
  • RSVP: To help us plan and manage quantities, please confirm your attendance (number of adults and children) by email at: info@aplg.ca by July 31st.
  • Volunteers: We’ll need volunteers to help us on the day of the event. If you’re interested, please email us at: info@aplg.ca

Invasive plants                                      

(July 11th 2018) As announced at the last annual meeting, here is the report of the OBV RPNS about aquatic plants
The goals of this exercice were to:
  • To make a summary characterization of the aquatic plants in the 8 inhabited lakes of the municipality of Duhamel
  • Detect invasive plants, if any
  • Educational and outreach Mission
You can find the report here (French only): Rencontre fin de projet 16 juin 2018_vff.pptx (10 mb)
Note: The file was modified from its original version in order to reduce its size

Notice from Duhamel                                      

(29 juin 2018) NOTICE: Temporary closure of the municipal embankment. Improvements will be made to the boat launch during the week of July 9th. It will be closed from Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13, 2018.
NOTICE: Temporary closure of the municipal embankment
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PROPERTY MARKET                                     

(10 juin 2018) Interresting article about the property market in Petite Nation (French only): Le Droit: Des maisons plus chères dans la Petite-Nation

THE MUNICIPALITY OF DUHAMEL BUDGET FOR 2018                                      

(December 12, 2017) The Municipality of Duhamel tabled its 2018 budget on December 8, 2017. Please find herewith (French only) the budget presentation for 2018, the triennial fixed asset program and the Municipalty budget for 2018.
Présentation du budget 2018(French only)
Programme triennal d'immobilisations(French only)
Prévision budgétaire 2018(French only).

YOUR WATER ANALYSIS - 2017                                      

(October 25, 2017) The APLG offered again to its members the opportunity to have their water tested at a very attractive price, i.e. $30 for a bacteriological analysis (drinking water) and $15 for a fecal coliform count (swimming purpose).
Water analysis 2017
As usual, the APLG tested the water for swimming purposes around late July 2017.

SWIMMING WATER ANALYSIS - 2017                                      

(october 10, 2017) The water samples were taken on July 31, 2017. Click on the map to get a high resolution view.
Swimming water analysis


(May 24, 2017) On May 17, 2017, the Quebec government announced a new refundable tax credit of up to $18,000 for the restoration of secondary residences (cottages) damaged by the severe flooding that hit a number of Quebec municipalities from April 5 to May 16, 2017. For more information, read the Finance Department’s information bulletin.


(May 12, 2017)In January 2017, the Quebec Energy and Natural Resources Ministry published its new mining sector policies in a document (French only) titled ‘’Pour assurer une cohabitation harmonieuse de l’activité minière avec les autres utilisations du territoire’’ .

Pour assurer une cohabitation harmonieuse de l’activité minière avec les autres utilisations du territoire (Ensuring harmonious cohabitation between mining and the other uses of the territory). You can also visit the English version of the government site for more information.
Municipalities are now able to withdraw certain parts of their territory from mining activities to prevent new mining rights on these areas. Existing rights, such as those for Lac à la Loutre, are considered to be grandfathered. At this time, there are no mining rights in the Duhamel territory. At the May 5, 2017 municipal council meeting, the Mayor discussed this policy and would like to work with associations such as the APLG to determine the areas on its territory such as the various trails (Iroquois, Route des Zingues, etc.). The APLG will therefore identify those areas around lac Gagnon that it feels should be protected and present its recommendations to the Municipality. A text by Frank Mariage and Youssef Fichtali of Fasken Martineau presents an interesting analysis of the ministry’s new policies:
Mining-incompatible territory – The Government of Quebec releases its policies for municipal governments

Le Devoir published an article on January 12, 2017 (French only):
Les MRC obtiennent un pouvoir accru sur le mines

THE MUNICIPALITY OF DUHAMEL DECLARED DISASTER ZONE                                      

(May 5, 2017) The municipality of Duhamel has been declared a disaster zone in the wake of the flooding caused by exceptionally high water on and around April 20th. Citizens who had to evacuate their principal residence are eligible for emergency disaster assistance. The municipality is eligible for financial assistance to repair damaged infrastructure such as the roadways.
For more information, go to the Quebec government web site


(May 3, 2017) The Municpality of Duhamel, in collaboration with the OBVRPNS* (Organisme de bassins versants des rivières Rouge, Petite Nation et Saumon), is planning to undertake a study to identify aquatic plants in lakes in our region, including Lac Gagnon, in order to prevent the introduction of invasive plants and maintain the water quality. Lac Gagnon will be evaluated between July 17 and August 8, 2017 over a seven-day period. The OBVRPNS needs volunteers and light craft to transport environment agents to the various locations around the lake. An information session will be held in May or June. If you would like to participate in this activity, please contact info@aplg.ca or Charles de Maisonneuve. Your participation would be greatly appreciated. * Rouge, Petite Nation and Saumon rivers watershed management organization

TREE DISTRIBUTION - 2017                                      

(April 20, 2017) As part of the "Mois de l'arbre et des forêts" from the MFFP (Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs ), the Municipality Of Duhamel will make available for free 2000 trees to its citizen on May 20 between 10 h and 15 h 30 at the municipal library located at 1899 rue Principale.

The species of trees cannot be guaranteed by the MFFP. Therefore, the Municipality takes no order or reservation. The Municipality will welcome you on May 20.
Distribution d'arbres

LAKE LEVEL                                     

(April 16, 2017) The water level, as measured on April 15th, is 20 cm higher than it has been in the past four years. (lake level). This trend seems to indicate the level will rise even higher. Rain is expected for the coming week which could increase even higher the level of water.

(April 19, 2017) Update: Today, the water level reached 172 cm. That is 42 cm higher than it has been in the past four years. The level is approaching dangerously the record level (200 cm) observed in 2008. Water flooding may occur at some places.

(April 20, 2017) Update: Today, the water level reached 175 cm.
Notice from the Municipalité of Duhamel to waterside owners

ROAD WORK - LOAN                       

(April 16, 2017) Loan By-Laws
The Duhamel Municipal Council adopted the following loan by-laws at its April 7, 2017 meeting: By-law 2017-05: Surface treatment work on Grande-Baie and and des Mésanges roads; By-law 2017-06: Surface treatment work on Pointe-à-Baptiste and Camille-Poliquin roads. These loan by-laws relate to meetings the Municipality held last year with property owners in those two sectors regarding proposed road work and paving. Attached, you will find French-language copies of the two loan by-laws as well as a table which indicates the estimated local improvement taxes under the “Tarification actuelle” column. This amount will be added to the tax bills of all property owners in the areas in question over the next 20 years, even if the work is not necessarily adjacent to your property. Additionally, the amount under “Part à l’ensemble” is payable by all Duhamel taxpayers and will be allocated to them. Local improvement tax units: The two by-laws describe the number of units based on the use of the various properties (residential, vacant, commercial, camping, etc.). The islands across from Pointe-à-Baptiste are included in the Pointe-à-Baptiste units. The tax calculations will be adjusted if the uses are changed. Work on Pointe-à-Baptiste: It was our understanding, during the meeting between the Municipality and property owners in that sector, that the main reason for the work was the dust problem, particularly on the portion going to the campground. The project was amended to provide for paving only Pointe-à-Baptiste road and the portion of Camille-Poliquin road as far as the campground instead of all of Camille-Poliquin.

Campground permanently closed
In recent weeks, campground renters were notified that the campground would be permanently closed as of October 2017. This raises a question about the need to pave Camille-Poliquin road up to the campground. When asked about this at the Council meeting, the Mayor indicated that even if the loan by-law is adopted, the project could be modified and the Camille-Poliquin portion could be removed.

Pointe-à-Baptiste road work
As for the Pointe-à-Baptiste road work, there is a question about how the pavement will perform where the road crosses the marsh. Since the water table is very high beneath the road surface, there is some uncertainty about how the new pavement will react during the thawing and freezing cycles. At the public meeting, the Mayor indicated that the plans would take this into account. There is a beaver dam at that location, which is particularly high this year and will most likely have an impact on the roadbed. We wonder if the pavement will last long in these conditions.

Grande-Baie sector work
Remember that although Grande-Baie will be paved and there will be some work on Lac-Gagnon-Ouest road, there is a section of the road between the end of the current pavement and the start of Grande-Baie road that will remain unpaved. The Mayor has indicated that this section could be paved some time in the future under another project. We have not been informed of the potential environmental impact of this work on the lake due to runoff, etc.

Register for taxpayers to sign
A register will be open on Friday, April 21, 2017 between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for each of these by-laws. Property owners wishing to oppose these by-laws may sign these registers. Make sure you have ID. Since the by-laws apply to the entire municipality, there must be more than 163 signatures to prevent the adoption of the by-laws. All owners of Duhamel are eligible to sign the registers. The APLG invites you to read the by-laws, question the Municipality if you need more information and, as you consider appropriate, go to the Municipal offices on April 21st during the stated hours to sign the register. Since five of the six APLG board members are property owners in the Grande-Baie and Pointe-à-Baptiste sectors, we prefer forwarding the information without stating an official position. The APLG will continue to monitor this matter and keep you informed about any developments. For more information on the planned roadwork, we invite you to contact the Municipality of Duhamel at 819-428-7100.
Pointe-à-Baptiste    ch. de la Grande Baie    Tableau-tarification actuelle

BUDGET 2017                                     

(December 3, 2016) The Municipality of Duhamel tabled its 2017 budget on December 2, 2016.

The general property tax rate will go from 0.647 cents to 0.659 cents per $100 of valuation. Fixed tax rates will remain unchanged, except the snow removal taxe which will increase by $7.00.

Having spread the impact of the 2014 revaluation over the last three years, all Duhamel taxpayers will bear the same tax increase i.e. 1.8%. For properties in the average price range, that is $175,100 with a 40% adjustment in 2014, i.e. the average, the 2016 tax increase will amount to $28.

Consult the following documents to better assess the evolution of Duhamel budgets:

Table showing the impact on the tax bill over several years.
Table of budgets from 2009 to 2017
Table of Duhamel income and expenses from 2005 to 2017
Budget presentation by Duhamel

ROAD WORK                       

(July 1st, 2016) The Municipality of Duhamel is considering major improvement work on some secondary roads. Residents of the four selected sectors were invited to consultation sessions that took place from the 10th to the 18th of June 2016. The topic will be discussed again at our annual meeting of July 3. This will allow all of our members to be informed of the project details and to express their opinions.

The documents used in these presentations can be found at the following links:

Pointe-à-Baptiste    ch. de la Grande Baie    ch. Preston    ch. du lac Doré Nord

YOUR WATER ANALYSIS                          

(July 11, 2016) The APLG offered again to its members the opportunity to have their water tested at a very attractive price, i.e. $30 for a bacteriological analysis (drinking water) and $10 for a fecal coliform count (swimming purpose).

As usual, the APLG will be testing the water for swimming purposes around late July 2016.

Results over the last several years confirm that getting drinking water from artesian wells or shallow wells provides better quality water than water taken directly from the lake. Over the last several years, drinking water samples taken directly from the lake have shown, in half of them, that the water did not meet standards for potable water. Results of preceding years are available at the following links:

2006   2008   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015   2016

The regular testing of your drinking water is an excellent way to determine if it is safe to drink and whether you need to take some corrective action to protect your household.

TEMPORARY SHELTERS                                     

(June 7, 2016) A revised amendment to the the zoning by-law was approved by municipal Council on April 1st but it did not include any change to the clauses dealing with temporary shelters (See resolution). These shelters should therefore always be dismantled in May. This year, it seems that Duhamel citizens have respected the by-law prohibiting the use of temporary shelters on a permanent basis.

We appreciate that the municipal Council has reacted well to the representations of its citizens.

(February 18, 2016) A new draft by-law was tabled at the January 8, 2016 municipal council meeting that proposed allowing such structures to remain on a permanent basis.

This project was the subject of a public consultation that took place on February 12, 2016. About fourty people attended. During this consultation, the APLG submitted a brief in which we explain why we are asking that the temporary nature of such shelters be maintained. The proposed project is short on criteria that could be used to limit such permanent use to only certain special cases.

At our invitation, 66 members of the APLG voiced their opinion to the municipal council. Of these 63 are opposed to the proposed by-law and only three support it, but two of them added that their approval is subject to the shelters not being visible from the road or the lake. In addition, a petition signed by 46 people was filed. These are property owners at Lac Gagnon, mostly permanent residents, who are also opposed to the project. After deleting names that are on both lists, we get a list of 100 people at Lac Gagnon who expressed their opposition to the use of temporary shelters on a permanent basis.

The public consultation meeting was held in a civilized atmosphere. Eight people expressed their opposition to the project, and five people their support. Several of the speakers seemed to hope that special, exceptional situations could be accommodated, according to criteria to be determined.

There is no doubt about the widespread opposition
at Lac Gagnon to the proposed project. The municipal Council should revert to the maintenance of the temporary nature of these plastic shelters.

The association will closely follow developments in this matter and keep you informed.

Public consultation notice

Text the proposed by-law

(February 12, 2016) APLG Brief

BUDGET 2016                                    

(December 7, 2015) The Municipality of Duhamel tabled its 2016 budget on December 4, 2015. Given that the impact of the 2014 revaluation is spread over three years, individual tax increases or decreases will still be impacted by the revaluation in 2016. For properties in the average price range, that is $175,100 with a 40% adjustment in 2014, i.e. the average, the 2016 tax increase would be 2.1% or $31.

The general property tax rate will go from 0.7 cents to 0.647 cents per $100 of valuation. Each fixed tax will increase by 1.78%.

Consult the following documents to better assess the impact of the 2016 Budget of Duhamel:
Table showing the impact on the tax bill over several years.
Budget presentaion
Chart 1 - taxes 2013 to 2016, by sectors in Duhamel
Chart 2 - taxes 2013 to 2016, by sectors at Lac Gagnon

2014-2016 ASSESSEMENT ROLL                                    

Rôle d'évaluation(January 6, 2014) The new assessment roll for Duhamel was filed last September and is available on the website of Duhamel and on the site of Groupe de géomatique Azimut.

The APLG prepared 14 charts that illustrate the impact of this role. The roll determines the value of each property in Duhamel. These values ​​will be used to calculate municipal and school taxes for the next three years. The latest revision of the assessment roll was done six years ago. The value registered on the roll is an estimate prepared by the firm of appraisers , Servitech , and should represent the market value of each property as of July 1, 2012 . The average value of properties in Duhamel has increased by 40 percent over the last six years.

The tax rate will be adjusted downward but the adjustment iwill be based on the average increase of 40 percent . For some taxpayers , the increase in the value of their property far exceeds the average , and for others the increase is much lower than the average. So this new assessment will result in higher taxes for some taxpayers and reductions for other , even before the impact of the next municipal budget to be tabled Friday night, January 10.

We compiled a database from information that is publicly available. This allows us to provide charts showing relevant information on the evolution of property values ​in ​Duhamel as well as the impact of the new assessment on tax bills, by sectors. This document is available in PDF format by clicking here. To see the limits of sectors uses for the Lac Gagnon, click here.

Only lots on which there are houses or cottages have been taken into account . No vacant lot is included in our calculations. The area of the ​​Petite-Nation River is included in the Lac Gagnon sector, i.e. the territory covered by the APLG . This sector includes 517 homes, of which 470 are at Lac Gagnon itself. The charts first illustrate the new house and land valuations and then what would be the tax bill if the municipality kept up a level of taxation that would generate the same revenue from the general property tax, and also use the same rates of fixed charges (garbage , snow removal etc.) We'll see on January 10, 2014 if this is the case . The 2014 budget could obviously include different tax rates. The charts will be updated following the Duhamel budget approval.

The Mayor announced at the municipal council meeting of December 6 that increases and reductions in taxes resulting from the revision of the assessment roll will be spread over three years. So only a third of an increase, or a reduction, in the value of a property will be taken into account when calculating property taxes in 2014. Two thirds of the variation of the evaluation will be taken into account in 2015 and the total in 2016. Our calculations of the impact of the new assessment roll on the tax accounts of 2014 and 2016 do take into account this spreading approved by the municipal council.

Consult our website this weekend to see the impact of the 2014 Budget.

Impact of the new assessment in graphic form

  URBAN PLAN AND RELATED BY-LAWS                     

Plan d'urbanisme(October 3, 2013)  The by-laws related to the urban plan have been adopted by the Municipal Council of Duhamel at a regular meeting held on Wednesday evening, October 2, 2013.

The proposed by-laws were made public on July 11 and presented at a public consultation meeting on July 19.  The public had until August 23 to submit briefs.  The APLG submitted its brief on August 22.

Click on the following links to see the final and adopted version of these documents (in French):

Urban Plan
Zoning By-law
Specification sheets
Zoning maps: Southern sector  Northern sector  Western sector
Subdivision By-law
Construction By-law
Derogation By-law
Permit By-law
Architectural Implementation and Integration By-law

(December 18, 2013)  These by-laws came into force on December 10, 2013.