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Lac aux Castors

A restoration that preserves a rich history

  • 1938

    Year Basin Created

  • Montreal, Quebec

    Montreal, Quebec

A unique recreation spot with an eye on its history

The Lac aux Castors basin has a distinct architectural and cultural heritage. This landscape restoration project helped to preserve it. The project had two major design components. The first focused on the patrimonial dimension of the site—no matter what the proposed design was, it had to respect the work of landscape architect Frederick L. Olmsted. 

The second component consisted of our design team’s application of sustainable design principles. This work included the preservation of the basin’s geometry and the structural restoration of the perimeter, historic wall, cascade, and surrounding trails.

To restore the basin's original landscape as well as architectural and cultural details, we conducted and prepared a site analysis, hydrologic study, design charrettes, materials research, plans and specifications, and an on-site construction observation.

This restoration project enhanced reflecting qualities of the water basin and improved water filtration—all in all making the Lac aux Castors basin a sought-after recreational spot.  

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