Retaining a priceless privilege
No need to go very far to observe the stars. You can do it from home. But did you know that you can observe the Milky Way from the Laurentides (Laurentians-plus) or Lanaudiere? How can we retain this priceless privilege for visitors to Québec’s oldest provincial park, where light pollution is weakest?
More than a year ago, Mont-Tremblant National Park started on a process of certification to obtain the status of first Parc international de ciel étoilé in Québec. This initiative, which is ongoing, involves a series of specific measures and criteria to meet the requirements of the International Dark-Sky Association, the principal requirement being an absence of light pollution. To help us in this process, the Mont-Mégantic National Park and the Domaine Saint-Bernard astronomy club have provided support.
Since then, other partners have followed suit, including the Conseil régional de l’environnement des Laurentides and numerous municipalities of the MRC des Laurentides. Recently the Ville de Saint-Donat-de Montcalm revised its environmental policy to reduce its light pollution.
The Municipality of La Macaza and the City of Mont-Tremblant have also committed to an initiative of lighting conversion. Even Station Mont-Tremblant (resort) has become involved by installing lighting better adapted to a starry sky. All these actions in the area peripheral to the park will have positive repercussions.
Inauguration of the Place des Étoiles
The Place des étoiles was recently inaugurated in Mont-Tremblant National Park to provide an unforgettable astronomic experience to its visitors. Observation chairs dedicated to a single constellation have been installed in various parts of the park: at the beaches of la Cremaillere (Diable sector), at Lac-Provost and at Lac-des-Sables (Pimbina-Saint-Donat sector).
It’s a novel concept, created and carried out by the Mont-Tremblant National Park. Come visit us and contemplate the priceless gifts provided by nature. The Perseids meteor shower – shooting stars – is this month. Make a wish!
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Marie-Ève Boisvenu16 Posts
Gestionnaire au Parc national du Mont-Tremblant. Community relations officer.