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Unveiling a noctural landscape is a key part of the design plan. At nightfall, in every season, coherently and selectively shedding light on the Parc's iconic features will shape the landscape and create a nocturnal identity on a regional scale. Transforming the Parc into a scintillating scene amid the flowing waters of the Saint Lawrence the lighting will kindle the imagination and extend an invitation to discovery once evening comes.

Lighting up Parc Jean-Drapeau is based on responsible environmental management practices to limit the negative effects of lighting on the environment, while at the same time displaying the bountiful landscape and built heritage of the Parc. This can be done by using adaptive control systems and by limiting the illumination of ecologically sensitive areas. The nighttime experience offers memorable journeys, celebrates the distinctive nature of Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands and respects the natural habitats that exist there.

Major observations

Since Expo 67, Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands have been constantly changing, often in an eclectic mix, timed with successive public activities and renovations.

The nocturnal experience is the outgrowth of the Parc's many purposes and it offers piecemeal solutions to the various problems lighting poses whenever an intervention is conducted at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

The Parc's current lighting system exposes the major lack of coherence between the assorted entities that have been installed and changed over the years.

  • Lack of an overall vision
  • Priority given to the automobile
  • Lighting pollution
  • Expo 67 ingenuity

Lighting principles

The Parc's nighttime experience must offer memorable and safe pathways, celebrate the distinctive nature of Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands and respect the natural habitats that are there.

Principle 01

Place the users' experience at the forefront of the lighting proposal

Principle 02

Promote the ecological and architectural heritage

Principle 03

Create a powerful nighttime identity for the islands

Principle 04

Limit the lighting's effect on the environment

Principle 05

Structure circulation route lighting

Lighting strategy aspects

Parc Jean-Drapeau's lighting system strategies, which are dependent on the development of the site, were developed based on the major structuring landscape components: the buildings, art works, public places and transportation system; vegetation habitats and water environments.

An inventory of the lighting system for each of these components was compiled, to get a grasp of the current situation. The analysis of the elements of interest on the site and the problems that arise enabled a fleshing out of the various strategies in putting in a lighting system adapted to the needs and purposes of the various areas.

All the elements were classified in specific categories:

  • Buildings, works of art
  • Public places and transportation system
  • Vegetation habitats and water environments