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Restoration of Beaver Lake and Surrounding Area

Preservation of the environment and heritage

  • Montreal, Canada

    Montreal, Canada

Restoration of Beaver Lake and surrounding area

Located in the upper reaches of Montreal’s Mount Royal, Beaver Lake is an emblematic attraction for the city. Designed in 1938 by renowned landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Frederick Gage Todd, the basin was in need of restoration and the city wanted to restore it by applying the principles of sustainable development while respecting the site’s heritage character.                 

The restoration included the integral preservation of the basin’s geometry, the structural restoration of the wall, and the dismantling and rebuilding of the stone fascia based on the original Scottish design. The site’s main entry, the western sector of The Glades and the restoration of the cascade all reflect the heritage nature of the site. The trails were also restored in line with the original design of the route. The project design took into account the ecological management of both surface and ground water runoff, and the tree cover was also enhanced.

By showcasing the site’s architectural heritage and applying sustainable development principles, a high standard of quality was achieved in terms of the park’s environmental evolution and user satisfaction.

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