L’observatoire du lac Saint-Pierre

This exhibition presents the main features that led UNESCO to recognize the Lake Saint-Pierre region as a world biosphere reserve. It also highlights key moments in the history of the Sorel region.

This exhibition presents the main features that led UNESCO to recognize the Lake Saint-Pierre region as a world biosphere reserve. It also highlights key moments in the history of the Sorel region. 

The visit begins in a setting that evokes a boardwalk crossing wetland habitats. The rich biodiversity of aquatic beds, marshes and swamps is illustrated by numerous large-format photographs, adding to the illusion of wandering through this unique environment. 

The immersive decor then transitions to a different setting, an archeological dig at an Iroquoian site occupied over 500 years ago. Next, visitors observe the arrival of French explorers in the 16th and 17th centuries, the impact of the English and German presence during the 18th century and the boom in shipbuilding at Marine Industries Limited in the 20th century. 

The path then leads visitors under a cabin on stilts, to help them understand the impact of the spring floods. Then, a large model presents an overview of the Lake Saint-Pierre biosphere reserve and enables visitors to visualize how this territory is used. The final section of the exhibition brings visitors beneath the water’s surface. This rich subaquatic world is presented through a touchscreen featuring around a hundred videos of life in the water column (plankton) and on the bottom (benthos), as well as two large aquariums that display various species of fish.


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