The town of Lac Megantic has officially launched the beginning of the work on its new downtown.
Most of the old historic center of town was destroyed last July after a runaway train carrying highly volatile crude oil rolled into town and exploded, killing 47 people.
One of the businesses being rebuilt is the old crèmerie or ice cream shop. Youths from Lac Megantic and a neighbouring town will take part in a special two day 270 km run. High school staff and students from Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier will run from their school to Lac Megantic, ending up at the new ice cream shop right near the sports complex in the new downtown Lac Megantic, very close to where the disaster happened.
Lac Megantic councillor Daniel Gendron said it's important for the community to have familiar gathering places like the ice cream shop get back on their feet.
"La crèmerie, La berge glacée, was, after the supper during the night, a place where everybody came with family," Gendron said.
"All my children, four anf five-year-old, go on bikes to the ice cream shop to eat ice cream and it's just near the beginning of the Chaudière River. It's a nice place, it's a place to talk with other parents."
Last week, workers installed the first steel beams for the reconstruction of another familiar gathering place, the Musicafé bar. The train explosion destroyed the bar where most of the victims were that night.