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3 Mar 2017

‘Transborder picnic’ to open summer season at Augustow Canal

‘Transborder picnic’ to open summer season at Augustow CanalGrodno, 3 March (BelTA) – A Poland-Belarus ‘transborder picnic’ will open the summer season of journeys at the Augustow Canal, BelTA learned from the Grodno District Executive Committee.

Plans have been made to open the tourist season at the Augustow Canal with festivities held both in Belarus and Poland from 29 April to 1 May. A so-called ‘transborder picnic’ is a series of sports and cultural events near Kurzyniec sluice in Poland (a border checkpoint Lesnaya-Rudawka) and Dombrovka sluice in Grodno Oblast.

New bicycle routes along the canal will also be launched near the Belarusian-Polish border on those days. There are also plans to open an extended exposition of the Augustow Canal museum.

The Belarusian-Polish ‘picnic’ near the Dombrovka sluice will have free entry. The Grodno District Executive Committee is preparing an entertainment program. It will include a festival of folk dances, championships on tourist multiathon, family races, and culinary competitions.

The source noted that it will be the first opening of the summer season held in such a way. For the first time, guests from Poland and dozens of other countries will not need a Belarusian visa to visit the Belarusian part of the Augustow Canal. Decree No. 318 of the Belarusian head of state on the introduction of the visa-free travel to the territory of the Augustow Canal park and its surroundings for foreigners came into force on 26 October. According to the sport and tourism department of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee, the tourism agencies of the region forecast a great popularity of the park among foreign visitors this summer. Lots of guests will arrive through the border checkpoint Lesnaya-Rudawka.

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