The participants who have been discussing the Cornwall beach proposal have brought forward many relevant points. Cornwall has 4 to 5-times the population of Smith’s Falls (9,500) that has 3-beaches and 10-times that of Alexandria that also has a beach. If an inlet beach at Cornwall becomes popular, there may be a need for 2-beaches. Cornwall also wishes to increase tourism, including tourism by boat from Montreal.
The RCAF would like more boaters to visit their building. There is a walkway to the west of the RCAF boat ramp, where river current is minimal and where it may be possible to install floating docks to allow boats to tie up. Visitors who travel to Cornwall by boat may also like to visit a swimming location and beaches at the inlet near the RCAF building and near Bergeron Avenue may both be suitable locations for future beaches. The eastern beach will be within sight of the Cornwall Marina.
With regard to relocating turtles from the inlets, there are several ponds along the waterfront, to the west of the international bridge. One of the ponds connects to the St Lawrence River. Perhaps there may be scope for volunteers to dig little channels to connect the ponds, to make more attractive habitat for turtles and other species. To the east of the international bridge, the human species in Cornwall may like to access to a natural outdoor swim location on hot summer days.
I would like to encourage beach supporters to consider keeping the beaches as close to natural as possible. The inlet near the Woodhouse Museum is 6′ to 8′ deep, measured with a depth gauge. Adding sand to the inlet could reduce water depth to about 1-metre, for the benefit of kindergarten aged children. A floating dock could serve as a walkway across the entrance to each inlet, with rocks below to add aesthetic value and to provide a spawning area for fish.
It may take a few years before a beach or natural swim area appears on the Cornwall waterfront.