QUÉBEC, Quebec, Monday August 2, 2010 – As part of the project to revitalize the Lairet Rivier at the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site, Parks Canada was able to benefit from a financial donation by the 7th Canadian Urban Forest Conference (7th CUFC) and Tree Canada to plant at least 150 trees, helping to re-establish the living environment of this water course that served as Jacques Cartier’s home port 475 years ago.

Young coniferous and deciduous trees between 60 mm and 200 cm tall were distributed throughout the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site, whose new landscape design received the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects’ Award of Excellence. One of the objectives was to create an environment similar to that of the Lairet River as it was when Cartier arrived in 1535, so several species were chosen for their historical aspects, while others were chosen for their ability to adapt to an urban environment.

Over the next five years, the trees will grow and contribute to another objective: producing shade for the site’s users and for the Lairet River, creating a coolness that will help re-establish the river’s flora and fauna.

Parks Canada would like to recognize the contribution of the 7th CUFC and Tree Canada, whose generosity is making the historic site a nice to visit and making it easier to imagine what the area was like during the time of the explorers.

Located in the Limoilou District in the heart of Québec, Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site of Canada commemorates two important events in the history of our nation. It is the site where Jacques Cartier and his companions overwintered in 1535-1536, near the Iroquois village of Stadacona. One century later in 1625-1626, it became the site of the first Jesuit mission in Québec.



Julie Royer
Communications and Public Relations Officer
Québec Field Unit
Parks Canada