Friday, May 03, 2013
Situated along the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, Lac Saint-Pierre is an unusual example in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves since it includes a major waterway in an industrialized area. The Lac Saint-Pierre is also a unique ecosystem, important for migratory birds and essential for the protection of Quebec and Canada. For instance, the largest number of herons recorded in North America is found in protected habitats in this area, which is also recognized as a Ramsar site. The Federal and Provincial governments have made considerable investments in monitoring and rehabilitating the Saint Lawrence River and recent studies on water quality shows a continuing improvement over the last 15 years. Due to declining fish stocks, fishing practices are now being questioned and fish stock maintenance is one of the challenges of the biosphere reserve. About 85,000 people live in the biosphere reserve, mostly in urban areas (2000). Their main activities are agriculture, hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation activities, resorts, boating, commercial navigation as well as trade and industry. It is believed that the designation of Lac Saint-Pierre as a biosphere reserve will bring about a change of perceptions and mentality, catalyzing a more sustainable development in the region.
Friday, April 26, 2013
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Monday, April 15, 2013
Moulin Seigneurial de Pointe-du-Lac, Mauricie, Quebec. .The Pointe-du-Lac seignorial mill is in fact composed of two adjoining buildings : a flourmill and sawmill. The Tonnancour seigneurie flourmill was built between 1765 and 1784, to replace the community's first mill, which dated back to 1721. From village mill to small business, the Pointe-du-Lac flourmill was bought by the Frères de l'Instruction chrétienne, a religious community in 1927. The brotherhood, who still owns it today, is responsible for annexing a small sawmill to the main building at the end of the 1940s.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Nestled majestically between the sea and the mountains, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Quebec Resort in Charlevoix is a vision of historical splendor. Rich in tradition, this exquisite paragon of hospitality blends the quiet charm of the countryside with the sophistication of a world-class resort.