4. Issues and Strategic Directions
4.2 Strategic Directions
4.2.4 Conserving natural resources
Owing to the limited amount of land owned by the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal and the proximity of downtown Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, all available space is now occupied. The integrity of the natural environment has been completely altered as the result of work on the canal, the building of various structures, and changes to the site for recreational purposes. The current property has been shaped by the raising and alteration of the shoreside terrain following the excavation of the navigation channel. The natural features of the surrounding environment are the navigation basins themselves, namely, Lake of Two Mountains and Lake Saint-Louis, and the vegetation that has colonized the Becker Dam.
The vegetation on the dam, which has simply grown on the fill used to build this structure, is still not accessible to visitors and nor can it be seen from the canal and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Lock. Nevertheless, pleasure boaters can admire this display of greenery when they pass through the navigation channel.
The rest of the canal property harbours mature ornamental vegetation including numerous trees that provide visitors with shade.
A study of old photographs and illustrations has revealed that there used to be very few trees on the site. Indeed, the area around the canal was once an open space, devoid of greenery.
- Preserve the existing vegetation, which helps to make the site conducive to recreation, relaxation and pleasure boating, while maintaining a spatial organization that is in keeping with the history of the place.
- Preserve the vegetation on Becker’s Dam.