Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf woods

Outremont, Montréal

In 2016, a major preservation project was carried out in the woods of Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf as part of the City of Montreal’s program to maintain and improve biodiversity on institutional properties on Mount Royal. This program, funded by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the City of Montreal as part of the Montreal cultural development agreement, made it possible to complete major work to protect this fragile natural space, which is home to many hundred-year-old trees (walnut, hickory, maple, elm, and more).

Very few urban institutions are fortunate to have such abundant woods nearby. These woods have enormous ecological value, playing a role in reducing heat islands and serving as a habitat for many plant and animal species in Montreal.

Opaysage was hired to draw up the plans and estimates as well as supervise the work for the project. The assignment involved eradicating invasive species, planting native vegetation, refurbishing trails and installing interpretive panels to teach users about the immense value of these woods and Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf’s dedication to preserving this green space on Mount Royal.