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Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue: a top West Island tourist destination?

WATCH ABOVE: Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, known for its lakeside view and local markets, unveiled a new tourism campaign it hopes will make it a top destination on the West Island. Global's Billy Shields finds out how they're doing that.

SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE – The town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, known for its lakeside view and local markets, has just unveiled a slick new summer tourism program that could make it a top destination of the West Island.

As part of the campaign, officials promise nature, wildlife and fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of the city, as well as local festivities and the charm of little shops along the water’s edge.

Jean-Claude Provost, President of the SDC Merchants Association, said the $150,000 strategy involves free shuttle buses that will connect the north and south sides of the town, which are divided by highways 20 and 40.

Mayor Paola Hawa said the idea behind the campaign was to show off everything the small town has to offer, such as waterfront dining, an observatory and even a zoo.

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The shuttles would leave from John Abbott College and go to nine different stops in the town, including the waterfront and the Ecomuseum, allowing families to plan fun day trips.

The tourism campaign is slated to last three years.

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