Saint-Lawrence River (Photo by Claude Duchaîne)

Saint-Lawrence River (Photo by Claude Duchaîne)

Drones for conservation

October 3, 2016


The Nature Conservancy of Canada uses drones to shoot a video on the Saint Lawrence River

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is capturing never-before-seen images of its Saint Lawrence island and rivershore properties, thanks to a partnership with Helios UAV and Immophoto, who have generously offered their time and expertise.

This footage will serve to create a short promotional video aimed at raising Quebecers’ awareness of the importance of protecting the river’s islands and shorelines, while promoting their exploration.

The Saint Lawrence is one of the greatest rivers on the planet, stretching over 1,000 kilometres. As a source of life, a waterway, and an ecological wonder, it is at the heart of our lives and our history.

“The Nature Conservancy of Canada is creating a promotional video shot from the air to capture unique views of this great river. Drones, small remotely-piloted aircraft, can provide us with spectacular views from above,” said Bernard Voyer, ambassador for the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

To this end, a partnership was forged with Helios UAV, a leader in the use of drones for professional purposes, and Immophoto, a creative imagery agency. The company alm Par avion also helped by taking photos and scouting in preparation for filming with drones. These three businesses graciously offered their services and expertise in order to record the images and edit the video.

“The Saint Lawrence River is a crown jewel of our heritage! So we are proud to be part of this Nature Conservancy of Canada filming project, to share the river with the public and to inspire even greater conservation efforts,” said Patrice Bériault, director of photography at Immophoto.

“Drones have a wide variety of uses: recreation, filming, site surveying, rescue operations, etc. Now, they can help with conservation!” said Brice Lach, co-owner and director of operations for Helios UAV.

>> Click on this link to watch the video.

A giant with feet of clay

The Saint Lawrence River is the province’s main source of drinking water and a premier commercial waterway. It is a pillar of Quebec’s identity, as well as being a major tourist attraction and a source of wonderment for young and old alike. It is also home to several thousand species, including the planet’s largest: the great blue whale.

In fact, 80% of Quebec’s population lives on the shores of the Saint Lawrence and of its various tributaries. Its many bays, marshes and channels are its lungs and need protection now more than ever.

Conservation in action

For more than half a century, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, supported by its partners, has been protecting unique sites, home to precious plants and wildlife. Over 7,413 acres (3,000 hectares) of natural island and rivershore environments are currently under conservation, including 2,470 acres (1,000 hectares) spread over around twenty islands.

Over the next years, NCC intends to intensify its efforts, by securing new properties and undertaking awareness-raising, stewardship and enhancement activities, since many islands and shorefront areas remain endangered.

Donations to NCC will help promote exploration of the Saint Lawrence River’s magnificent islands, while preserving their environments for the species that depend on them.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada is Quebec’s leading not-for-profit private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain. Since 1962 NCC has helped to protect more than 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares) across the country, including 98,840 acres (40,000 hectares) in Quebec. Every day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada ensures that new territories are conserved, through the collaboration of individuals, landowners, businesses, conservation groups, local communities, and governments. It is by protecting and managing these natural environments that they can be made accessible to this generation and those to come.

Immophoto is an agency of visual creatives with a unique perspective on the world of images, whether moving or frozen in time.

Helios UAV
Sharing both a passion and an unrivalled expertise in aeronautics for many years, Helios UAV is a Canadian leader in the industry of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as “drones”. Helios UAV’s high-end aerial imaging competencies, which make use of affordable and ecological technology, are revolutionizing day-to-day operations in several cutting-edge sectors.

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Media Contact:

Elizabeth Sbaglia
Communications Manager, Quebec Region
Nature Conservancy of Canada
514-876-1606 x6240

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