Groundbreaking ceremony held for Chuck Charlebois Recreational Trail

Posted on Thursday October 19, 2017

A section of Cornwall’s popular waterfront recreational path is being renamed after a long-time community ambassador and champion.

The Chuck Charlebois Recreational Trail will be established next spring on the portion of the recreational path running between St. Lawrence College and Marlborough Street. Large gateway arches bearing Mr. Charlebois’ name will be erected at each end in honour of the popular Cornwall resident who made a difference in his community through City Council and numerous community organizations over the years.

Family, friends and co-workers gathered Wednesday at The Stomping Grounds Cafe & Bistro to celebrate the renaming and pay tribute to Mr. Charlebois, who has a driving force behind many community initiatives including the development of the Cornwall waterfront and the revitalization of the cotton mills district. Mr. Charlebois was also a key figure in revitalization efforts in Cornwall’s east end for many years through organizations such as the Le Village Business Improvement Area and Groupe Renaissance Group.

Mr. Charlebois, always humble, was quick to share the accolades with others.

“I accept this honour that you have bestowed, but I accept it on behalf of all of us. You all know what you did for our projects, and for me,” he told the assembled crowd. “That’s why it worked. Thank you so much.”

The proposal to name the path was brought forward by officials of Le Village BIA and it was approved by Cornwall City Council in September.

Cornwall has a comprehensive network of approximately 40 kilometres of recreational paths that allow people to walk, bike and rollerblade along the St. Lawrence River and throughout the City. The largest part of the recreational path spans the entire waterfront, offering great views of the St. Lawrence River. This part of the recreational path is also part of the Waterfront Trail, which stretches from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec border.