Richmond MNA André Bachand, and the Minister of Wildlife and Parks, Pierre Dufour, have each provided $5,000 from their discretionary budgets and their Volunteer Support Envelope to enable the Parc historique de la Poudrière de Windsor to proceed with the stocking of the Watopeka River.
The purpose of the stocking, which will include brown and rainbow trout, is to promote and enhance la Poudrière de Windsor Historical Park and its natural resources, and allow nature enthusiasts to enjoy the historic park and its many activities. Visitors can go fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, or enjoy the Watopeka camping site or other cultural activities at the park.
Founded in 1864, in the wake of the American Civil War, la Poudrière de Windsor produced black powder (gunpowder), an essential component of explosives, until 1922. The park has now been transformed into a black powder interpretation centre which attracts thousands of visitors in the summer months.