The Centre de villégiature Dam-en-Terre is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors. The association operates in the tourism and entertainment service industries. Because these areas of business are very competitive, it’s essential that it strives for excellence constantly. The centre’s site is located 6 km from downtown Alma and is accessible via the Véloroute des bleuets, as well as various snowmobile trails. It has tourist residences (ranging from 2 to 4 stars) that can be rented year-round for a day, week, or an extended stay. From May to September, it boasts 240 camp sites (4 stars). It also has a marina with 144 berths, a free public beach, a heated paddling pool, cruises on Lac Saint-Jean and performances (summer theatre and variety shows). In winter, it offers a unique set of activities that really make it a lively place: skating paths in the campground, tobogganing, snowshoeing and fat biking trails. It has everything to please winter enthusiasts. The centre also has facilities for private and corporate events (reception and banquet hall rentals available).
Our organization is a member of (and actively participates in) more than ten local associations and working committees (Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre de l’industrie maritime, etc.).
All of the profits generated by the company are reinvested in the community. The three primary areas of activity generate direct economic benefits of 5 million dollars.
History of the organisation
Dam-en-Terre, now is a name which arouses a lot of questioning and with good reason. Literally, Dam-en-Terre means a dam made of earth to retain the water, so as to close off a small bay. Several years ago, workers made a dike of earth to hold back the water of the Grande-Décharge River. In the local expression, it was called a "dam". This is the way the Dam-en-Terre was bord. When came teh time to give a name to this natural site, the name Complexe Touristique Dam-en-Terre was chosen.
The organization changed both its nae and image in 2013. Now corporately known as Centre de villégiature Dam-en-Terre, the enterprise now positions its range of services centered around a corporate image which puts the spotlight on the resort itself, with its lodging and welcoming infrastructure as well, as on excursions and privileged access to the water.
Our commitment to sustainable development
At the Centre de villégiature Dam-en-Terre, we believe that protecting the environment and using our human and material resources wisely are key values for current and future generations. The organization is driven by the continuous improvement of its sustainable development practices.
The organization strives to offer a destination where its employees, guests and suppliers understand and follow the guidelines we’ve set regarding respecting the environment. The Centre de villégiature Dam-en-Terre therefore asks its employees and partners to integrate personal and collective responsibility into their approach to management and development practices.
We adhere to a sustainable development action plan and accomplish concrete projects.
Here are a few examples:
- Make improvements to the riparian buffer strip
- Add recycling bins to campsites and inside the rental units
- Add a mini vegetable garden and plant an islet of nourishing forests
- Raise awareness among our guests about reusing towels in the rental units
- Purchase furniture from local manufacturers
- Promote local beer and products in the meals we offer