Public access to a private road - walking only

I am a home owner (Quebec) that walks (with dogs on leash) on a nearby private roadway and have done so for the past 20 years. Perhaps two times per week and never when there is snow on the ground. Only one has a permanent address while 19 of them are 3 season cottages. Recently I have been told that I can no longer walk there. To my knowledge the owners have not met to pass a by-law indicating such rule. There are no signs posted and no gates. How would the owners be able to make such a change after 50+ years regarding public access? And what would they have to do to do so?

Asked 6 months ago in Val des monts, Quebec
Categories: Municipal Law

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Benjamin O Mbaegbu

Answer by Benjamin O Mbaegbu

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somebody's property is there ownership and they have a right to restrict pedestrians or strangers from coming into it.
However, you should address your complaint to your local municipal property licensing and registration department.
you can also speak to your local police division to make sure that your right is protected.

Posted 6 months ago

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