Île à l'Aigle, Hochelaga Archipelago, QC (Photo by NCC)

Île à l'Aigle, Hochelaga Archipelago, QC (Photo by NCC)

Spring cleaning on île à l'Aigle: readying a Nature Destination for summer

Cleanup at île à l'Aigle, QC (Photo by Guy Hamelin)

Cleanup at île à l'Aigle, QC (Photo by Guy Hamelin)

Eight volunteers and three Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) employees have just cleaned up the shores of île à l'Aigle in Repentigny. This annual work was carried out in order to maintain the ecological integrity of this environment and make it more enjoyable for the public.

Working under a beautiful sky, these hardworking participants collected the equivalent of 22 large bags of garbage, in addition to two large pieces of styrofoam, two tires and a few pieces of scrap metal. Jonathan Desmarais, a regular at these activities, offered his boat to transport participants and scrap.

Around noon, the group had a picnic at one of the island's lookouts, a perfect place for enjoying the view. The activity ended at about 2:30 p.m., by which time the day's tiredness was accompanied by a satisfying sense of accomplishment.

Located immediately east of Montreal, this island is one of four NCC properties in the Hochelaga Archipelago that is open to the public. They are among NCC's Nature Destinations, a network made up of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.

These islands are home to natural treasures such as birds of prey, several species of turtles and aquatic grass beds, and essential habitat for the copper redhorse, an endangered species found only in Quebec.

Thanks to the work of these volunteers, visitors can now enjoy the full beauty of île à l’Aigle, while the animals and plants will be able to flourish in a healthier environment. Many thanks to everyone involved for their invaluable contribution!

Learn more about île à l’Aigle in the Hochelaga Archipelago at naturedestinations.ca!

Are you interested in getting involved with NCC? Visit conservationvolunteers.ca for a schedule of upcoming events!


Thank you to the ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques


NCC also benefited from the collaboration of the ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques through the Ensemble pour la nature project. The Ensemble pour la nature project is a three-year, $15-million grant to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) from Quebec’s ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC). It aims to establish financial partnerships and acquire scientific knowledge to ensure the conservation and protection of natural environments on private lands in Quebec between now and March 31, 2020. It thus promotes solidarity with respect to protected areas by involving Quebec communities in conservation actions.

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