Do you dream of traveling? Do you want to (re)visit France when the pandemic ends? Maybe you are already planning a trip to Normandy and more specifically to Juno Beach? This is what we hope for! We miss the Canadian visitors to Juno Beach terribly, but until we meet again, this Earth Day, we have some tips to help you plan your trip while limiting your carbon footprint.
1. Reduce your carbon footprint associated with air transport
If you are lucky enough to come to France from Canada, know that a round-trip flight from Montreal to Paris generates 2002 kg of CO2 per passenger, according to Greentripper.org. Unfortunately today, there is no realistic alternative of transport to cross the Atlantic for relatively short stays, and the plane remains the only possible option for most Canadians.
However, while waiting for solutions to this issue, we can at least try to make efforts on a daily basis and organize ourselves to use the other means of transport whenever possible.
2. Use the RATP (public transportation) network to get around Paris
Once in Paris, we advise you to avoid taking a taxi. It’s no surprise that the car is one of the worst polluters in terms of transportation methods. A distance of 27km traveled by car (the distance between the airport in Paris and the train station), emits 5.2 kgCO2e per trip compared to 110.7 gCO2e for the RER, the hybrid commuter rail and rapid transit system serving Paris and its suburbs. By taking public transportation, you will avoid the endless Parisian traffic jams and the fares that can end up leaving a bitter taste in your mouth when you see the total upon arrival at your destination.
The RATP offers many buses and subways throughout Paris and its region. Visit the RATP website to find out about all your journeys by metro. From the airport to Saint-Lazare train station, we have selected two proposed route options:
1/ Take the RER B at CDG station and get off at Chatelet stop. Then take metro 14 towards Mairie de Saint Ouen and get off at Saint-Lazare stop. This trip will cost €12.20 and will take around 1 hour.
2 / Take the ROISSY BUS TERMINAL 2E-2F, bound for OPERA. This trip will cost € 13.70 and will last around 1 hour and 10 minutes.
3. Take the Paris-Caen train with the SNCF (Nation Railway)
In France, it is possible to travel by train between major cities. There is therefore no need to take the car when a Paris-Caen train is only 2 hours away. You will thus avoid any stress related to driving in France and in particular on the Paris ring road which can sometimes be scary!
For the planet, this is also a very good thing: for this 235-kilometer journey, the train emits 406.6 gCO2e compared to 45.4 kgCO2e for the car! A journey from Paris to Caen by train will cost you on average €30 and will last 2h10. Book your train tickets on the OuiSNCF website. Moreover, the Juno Beach Centre is in the process of signing an agreement with the SCNF to offer a low-carbon ticket to the JBC. If you choose the train option, you will receive a reduction on your entrance ticket to the Juno Beach Centre.
4. Use the Nomad network
About 26 kms separate the train station from Caen to Courseulles-sur-Mer, which can be reached by car or bus. You will emit 774.4 gCO2e on this journey with the bus compared to 4.2 kgCO2e with a car.
With the Nomad network, it is possible to get to Courseulles-sur-Mer with line 3 for less than €4. Throughout your stay, you can use this network to travel through Calvados by calculating your routes on their website.
5. Use a bike once there
Once you are comfortable in your accommodation near Juno Beach, you have the choice to eat locally thanks to the Courseulles market which takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the fish stalls every day. A wide choice of restaurants will allow you to experience French gastronomy prepared locally.
To continue your eco-responsible trip, we highly encourage you to rent a bike for the duration of your stay. Normandy has many cycling routes, including the Vélo Maritime which takes you from the North of France to Brittany, or the Vélo Francette to get to the centre of France. The Juno Beach Centre has been awarded the Accueil Vélo label since December 2020, so we have all the facilities to welcome you and your bike during your visit. Find all the information on our website.
It is also possible to rent a bicycle at Plaisance 2 Roues in Courseulles-sur-Mer. It will cost only 50 € for a classic bike per week or 120 € for an electric bike per week. The Terres de Nacre tourist office can give you more practical information about bike rental or any other question about your stay (accommodation, restaurants, etc.)
As a reminder, cycling or walking are the least carbon-intensive ways to get around! We think it’s one of the nicest ways to discover Juno Beach as well. Plus, it’s good for your health and the planet!
So will you be traveling in an eco-responsible way when you visit us on Juno Beach? Remember to keep this article handy when you book your trip. The Juno Beach Centre has been committed to a sustainable development approach since 2020. You can find all of our actions on our website.
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