A popular rocky swimming spot in the shadow of Wakefield, Que.'s, historic covered bridge is up for sale.
Hundreds of people flock to the smooth rocks all summer long to swim in the Gatineau River and bathe in the sun after diving and somersaulting off the bridge.
Paul Creighton of Montreal bought the property in the 1950s for just $1,800. On Saturday, the 74-year-old died.
Last week, real estate agent Christian Ouellet listed the land — more than half an acre, which includes 130 metres of riverfront — with an asking price of $269,000.
"If a private (buyer) buys this, a fence wil have to go up, signs will have to be put all over the place — swim at your own risk, period. Goodbye. That's it," Ouellet said.
Resident mobilizes to raise funds
Ouellet said he approached La Pêche Mayor Robert Bussiere to try to sell the land to the municipality.
"The mayor just shut us off completely," Ouellet said. "Of course liability is a big factor in this. People have to understand that this has been used for many many years, and they should be happy that they've used it that long without knowing that it was private. Basically they were trespassing all this time."
Wakefield resident Paul Lemelin is trying to form a group of people to raise funds, buy the property and allow the public to enjoy it.
"It would be quite sad I think if it was suddenly off limits to the community," Lemelin said. "We need to try to bring people together and see what we can do to scrounge up some funds and save it."
No offers on the property had been made as of Thursday.