A veritable verdant jewel set in the heart of the Saint Lawrence River, Parc Jean-Drapeau is a unique outdoor spot for relaxation and entertainment. In order to protect the unique natural and insular character of the site, the preservation and development of its arboreal heritage are at the heart of the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau priorities. This is why, in 2018, the Parc has devise an action plan by completing its first-ever forestry plan.
The master forestry plan makes an inventory of the trees that currently exist on the entire 268 hectares of the Parc. The main objective of this initiative is to make the trees a central part of the development process both on the premises and in all of the activities at the Parc, thereby ensuring the preservation and development of its forest.
A few statistics
Here are some interesting facts about the Parc's forest cover.
112 species, including 48 native species
11 maple species
46 trees of interest belonging to 23 species
3 predominant species: Siberian elm, Pennsylvania ash and the common hackberry
Tree canopy cover index of about 29% for the entire Parc: 9% more than the Montréal average
Arbres remarquables du Parc
Discover some of the trees and species with unique attributes highlighted in the forestry plan.
A white weeping willow tree that is 175 cm. in diameter, located in the Floralies Gardens, which is among the first plantings on Île Notre-Dame at the time of Expo 67.
Quercus alba L.
A white oak planted by then-premier René Lévesque for the the opening of the Floralies internationales de Montréal 1980 event.
Ulmus americana L.
833 American elms, one of the prettiest tree species in the province of Québec.
A shadberry tree with a 40 cm. diameter, which is unusually large for this species, located on Île Sainte-Hélène near the Aquatic Complex.
With an ecological forest, event places, mature gardens and water areas, the variety of arboreal species at the Parc is as diverse as its activities.