Field Tours

  • To be officially registered for an excursion, payment must be received by March 15, 2023.
  • Participants must bring their proof of insurance coverage valid in Canada prior to participation in the field trip.
  • All participants must sign a liability waiver form that will be provided prior to participation in the field trip.
  • Excursions will only take place if the minimum number of participants is reached. Participants registered for a cancelled field trip will be offered to register for another field trip or will be fully reimbursed.
  • Excursions will always take place except in extreme weather conditions Thus, participants will not be reimbursed if, for example, it rains or it is cold on the day scheduled for the excursion and they decide not to participate.
  • Excursions will be conducted in French or in English, but information documents (e.g., the website of the organization responsible for the field visit) and a participant guide will be available in both languages. A person will accompany the group of participants and will be able to translate the questions and answers addressed to the facilitator.
  • The summary of the excursions offered (title, description, schedule, and cost per participant) is presented in English but is available in French on the request for the moment and available soon.

Field Tours PRE Congress

PRE-2 - RESTORATION OF INDUSTRIALLY DISTURBED LANDSCAPES IN SUDBURY, ONTARIO

This two full day pre-congress tour will showcase the decades of research and practice that have gone into the ecological restoration of industrially disturbed landscapes in Sudbury, Ontario. Nickel-copper mines and their smelters have extensively damaged this Canadian Shield landscape for over a century. It was once considered as a blackened ‘moonscape’ dotted with dead or dying lakes. Pollution abatement measures, restoration research, regreening practices and community involvement over the past half century have transformed the Sudbury landscape. The City of Sudbury is now recognized as a hotspot for restoration research and practice in Canada and around the world. These efforts have led numerous awards, including from the United Nations.

The main emphasis of the tour will be on how creating partnerships between citizens, municipalities, industry, NGOs and academia has set the stage for the recovery of Sudbury’s landscape. The tour will start with a review of the key moments in Sudbury’s history of pollution and recovery. Participants will visit upland, wetland and aquatic environments that still show the residual effects of historic smelter pollution. They will see how soil amendments and regreening efforts have transformed upland habitats and understand how recent research has quantified the resultant carbon capture. The tour will stress the importance of wetlands in the landscape and how they are sinks but sometimes time-lagged sources of some pollutants. It will also show the effects of landscape regreening on the city’s many lakes. The tour will visit an urban stream that has become a focal point of ecological restoration efforts across its watershed. Finally, participants will have a chance to view a recent Imax film on the Sudbury restoration efforts.

Participants will need solid footwear for walking and must be prepared for all weather with an extra sweater, raingear and sun protection.

From Thursday June 8th, 2023 at 8:30 am to Friday June 9th, 2023 at 5:00 pm
minimum 14 maximum 24
$
to come
By Birchbark Environmental Research and Laurentian University
Daniel Campbell (Birchbark Environmental Research), Peter Beckett (Laurentian University) and Graeme Spiers (Laurentian University)

PRE-3 - FROM RESTORED TO NATURAL PEATLAND

This excursion offers you the chance to visit the temporal evolution of the restoration at the peatland of Saint-Henri, an industrial peat extraction site. You will discover different types of peatland landscapes: rewetted peatlands, bogs restored by the Moss Layer Transfer Technique and a natural peatland used as donor site for the restoration.

Do not forget to bring your rubber boots and mosquito repellent!

SATURDAY June 10th, 2023
minimum 20 maximum 44
$
to come
8:00 am to 12:30 pm
By Line Rochefort, Talal Asif, Stéphanie Boudreau and Frédéric Caron from the Peatland Ecology Research Group (Université Laval) and GPI
 

PRE-4A - TEMPORAL EVOLUTION OF A POST-EXTRACTED PEATLAND RESTORED BY THE MOSS LAYER TRANSFER TECHNIQUE

This excursion offers you the chance to visit the temporal evolution of the restoration at the peatland of Saint-Henri, an industrial peat extraction site. You will discover different types of peatland landscapes: rewetted peatlands, bogs restored by the Moss Layer Transfer Technique and a natural peatland used as donor site for the restoration.

Do not forget to bring your rubber boots and mosquito repellent!

SUNDAY June 11th, 2023
minimum 20 maximum 42
$
to come
8:00 am to 12:30 pm
By Kathy Pouliot for the Peatland Ecology Research Group (Université Laval) and Premier Tech Horticulture
 

PRE-4B - GRANDE PLÉE BLEUE PEATLAND, A POOL-COVERED NATURAL BOG IN AN URBANIZING LANDSCAPE

You will discover techniques for restoring scars made in a natural bog (path and drainage channel). You will see the effects of the Moss Layer Transfer Technique as well as the effects of dams on the drainage channel. The magnificent Grande plée Bleue bog (1,500 hectares) is one of the last large bogs in the St. Lawrence Lowlands. The site will soon become a provincial ecological reserve protecting a large proportion of this exceptional wetland. Participants will also have the chance to visit an entirely natural portion of the bog with ponds and learn more about the features of this ecosystem.

SATURDAY June 10th, 2023
minimum 20 maximum 42
$
to come
9:00 am to 13:00 pm
By Sylvie Jutras (Université Laval) and Julie Talbot (Université de Montréal)
 

PRE-5 - DISCOVERY OF THE GRANDE PLÉE BLEUE BOG AND INTRODUCTION TO THE TAXONOMY OF BOG PLANTS AND MOSSES

You will discover the beautiful Grande plée Bleue bog (1,500 hectares), one of the last intact peatlands of the St. Lawrence Lowlands. The site will soon become a provincial Ecological reserve protecting a vast proportion of this exceptional wetland. Participants will stroll the educational boardwalk that zigzags through ponds and Sphagnum hummocks to learn more about this unique ecosystem. Participants will have the chance to have an introduction to peatland taxonomy by learning typical bog plant names and learning how to identify peatland bryophytes such as Sphagnum mosses. The purchase of the book Sphagnum Mosses of Eastern Canada (Ayotte and Rochefort) at registration is optional but recommended.

SUNDAY June 11th, 2023
minimum 20 maximum 42
$
to come
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
By Michel Michaud of the Société de conservation de la Grande plée Bleue and the Peatland Ecology Research Group (Université Laval)
 

PRE-6 - VISIT OF AGRICULTURAL PEATLAND RESTORATION PRACTICES IN VEGETABLE CULTIVATION

This tour will allow people to visualize the environment of outdoor vegetable production and become familiar with conservation practices for agricultural peatland: installation of windbreaks, installation of drainage trenches, amendments and biomass production area, with production of transplants in tunnels and vegetables directly in greenhouses in the Montréal area growing 80% of the Canadian field lettuce production

Participants will need solid footwear for walking and must be prepared for all weather with an extra sweater, raingear and sun protection.

SUNDAY June 11th, 2023
minimum 30 maximum 48
$
to come
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
By Jean Caron and Guillaume Grégoire from Laval University and ISHS
 

Field Tours MID Congress

MID-2 - ST-BARTHELEMY FLOODPLAIN (LAKE ST-PIERRE WORLD BIOSPHERE RESERVE AND RAMSAR SITE) AND RUISSEAU-DE-FEU RESTORATION PROJECTS

 

The St-Barthelemy project was built in the 1990’s by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). Its focus was to restore staging areas for waterfowl on active agricultural fields in the lake St-Pierre floodplain. Since then, reality has changed; DUC and their partners have been completely rethinking the project, progressively replacing farmed and heavily managed staging areas to natural flood cycle wet meadows, optimized for early spawning fishes, waterfowl and soil conservation. The trip next heads upstream to Ruisseau-de-Feu, an intensive fish and waterfowl habitat enhancement project at the heart of Montreal metropolitan region.  This one-day field trip will guide you from the vast and rural Lake St-Pierre region, designated UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and Ramsar site, to the eastern tip of the island of Montreal where wetlands and humans share tight quarters. 

 

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
minimum 30 maximum 53

$
to come
8:00 am to 9:00 pm
By André Michaud from Duck Unlimited Canada

 

MID2

MID-6 -  VISIT OF THE MARAIS-LÉON-PROVANCHER NATURE RESERVE NEAR QUÉBEC CITY (ST.LAWRENCE TIDAL MARSH AND VARIOUS ONGOING RESTORATION PROJECTS)

 

This half-day excursion will allow you to visit the Marais-Léon-Provancher Nature Reserve. This 125-hectare natural site is dedicated to the protection of flora and fauna. The visit will be done with naturalists who will explain the history of the territory as well as conservation, restoration, and education objectives. Located in Neuville, 30 km west of Quebec City, this territory which is considered as one of the best bird observation sites near Quebec City will allow you to discover several different habitats of the fluvial estuary of the St. Lawrence River (Scirpus tidal marsh, sugar bush, alder, cedar, idle lands, etc.). Various ongoing interventions of restoration and rewilding of the habitat (creation of a freshwater marsh) will be showcased as well as the control of invasive exotic plant species (common reed) and the impact of overgrazing by white-tailed deer. 

 

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
15 per visit (AM and PM)

$
to come
8:30 am to noon OR 1:30 to 5:00 pm
By Société Provancher d'histoire naturelle

 

MID6

MID-7 - VISIT OF A RESTORED PEATLAND AND A NATURAL BOG NEAR QUEBEC CITY

 

This tour offers you the chance to visit a multitude of peatland landscapes ranging from mined and restored to natural. The first part of the tour will take place at the Saint-Henri peat bog, an industrial peat extraction site. You will be able to discover different types of bogs: rewetted bog, bog restored by the Moss Layer Transfer Technique and a natural bog used as a donor site for restoration. In the afternoon, you will have the chance to discover the Grande plée Bleue bog (15 km2), one of the last sizeable ombrotrophic peat bogs in the St. Lawrence Lowlands. A project to create an ecological reserve aims to protect most of this wetland (61% or about 900 ha). The excursion will take place in the portion of the bog that has been developed for educational purposes and is characterized by the presence of numerous pools.

Don't forget to bring your rubber boots and insect repellent!

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
minimum 20 maximum 42

$
to come
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
By Line Rochefort (Peatland Ecology Research Group, Univ Laval), Julie Talbot ( Université de Montréal), and Premier Tech Horticulture

 

MID-8 - RESTORATION OF SAND AND GRAVEL PITS IN BOREAL CLIMATE: AN OVERVIEW OF FIELD TRIALS FOLLOWED BY A CANOE / KAYAK EXCURSION OR A GUIDED TREK IN THE TAIGA

 

During this one-day excursion, you will have the opportunity to visit gravel and sand pits that were restored using the Rough and Loose technique (creation of micro-topogaphy). The team of Dr. Line Rochefort and the Centre for Northern Studies will guide you through various types of borrow pits: naturally regenerating (for about 40-50 years), restored by the transfer of organic matter (5-10 years post-restoration) or restored by Rough and Loose technique (3 years post-restoration).

In the afternoon, you will have the choice between 2 activities:

1) discover the particular landscape of the Parc des Grands Jardins, characterized by the boreal forest and forest fires, during a guided hike led by a park warden-naturalist (maximum of 14 participants). You will learn more about the history of the Park and you will discover the reason why typical taiga vegetation is found at such southern latitudes.

2) Discover the magnificent landscapes of the Park on the water (canoe, kayak or rabaska) on Arthabaska Lake with a park warden-naturalist.

 

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
minimum 25 maximum 52

$
to come
7:30 am to 6:30 pm
By Sandrine Hogue-Hugron (Centre d’Études Nordiques) and Line Rochefort (Peatland Ecology Research Group - Université Laval)

 

MID-9 - RESTORATION OF THE MILLER MARSH, VISIT OF THE QUEBEC TURTLE REHABILITATION CENTER AND THE RIVIÈRE-DES-MILLES-ÎLES PARK (LAVAL)

 

This one-day trip to the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles offers you the chance to visit a unique assemblage of terrestrial, aquatic, and wetland ecosystems comprising many rare and exceptional habitats in the St-Lawrence Valley. In the heart of an urbanized area, the territory is home to nearly two-thirds of the species on the list of Quebec’s vertebrate fauna. To better appreciate this northern bayou, you will have the opportunity to explore the river in a Rabaska (big canoe) accompanied by a guide. You will enjoy discovering the Saint-Rose archipelago, where the shallow and slow-flowing river, makes the experience safe. You will get to see islands, swamps, marshes, and wetlands protected by Eco-Nature and will have the chance to admire the rich biodiversity that surrounds these natural environments. In case of adverse weather, you will have the opportunity to visit our new permanent exhibition “Believe it or not” where you will learn more about the river, its history, richness, and untold stories...

In the afternoon, a guided tour of the Miller marsh will allow you to discover this site of high ecological value, very popular with birdwatchers, which is home to 23 species designated at risk in Quebec or Canada and 176 wildlife species. Invaded by the exotic common reed and subjected to overflows of wastewater, the ecological integrity of this site is compromised. You will learn about the innovative and sustainable solutions implemented since 2012 to restore the aquatic, riparian, and terrestrial habitats of Miller’s Marsh and the initiatives put in place to protect its fauna and flora.

During this day, you will also have the chance to visit Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles’ Exploration Center and its Quebec Turtle Rehabilitation Center. This pavilion, which aims for LEED certification, stands out for its modern architecture and ecological and sustainable facilities.

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
minimum 20 maximum 53

$
to come
7:00 am to 6:30 pm
By Eco-Nature

 

MID-9

 

MID-9

MID-11 - RESTORATION OF ECOLOGICAL HABITATS AND SERVICES AT THE HEART OF VAIROUS ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN THE QUEBEC CITY REGION

 

During this field trip, you will visit: 

  1. The restoration of an upper marsh of the St. Lawrence River;
  2. The partial restoration of hydraulic conditions on the flats of the St. Lawrence River;
  3. A culvert promoting the free passage of fish and small to medium terrestrial wildlife;
  4. The creation of a 2-hectare lake habitat and its tributary as fish compensation reserve habitats;
  5. The restoration of more than 800 m of watercourses with valued fish habitats, the restoration of native riparian vegetation and the creation of a passage for large wildlife in the entrance area of Jacques-Cartier National Park, a natural jewel near Québec City;
  6. Multifunctional basins integrated into a “double-drainage” system and designed to protect the Québec City main source of drinking water in the event of an accidental oil spill;
  7. Optimization of the landscape and environmental potential of two major storm water retention structures at two of the busiest interchanges in the Quebec City region;
  8. Landscaping and plantations in the embankment stone surrounding the St. Lawrence River on the majestic Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain.

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
minimum 25 maximum 80 per option

Full-Day 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

By Ministère des Transports du Québec

MID11

 

MID11

MID-12 - THE INTERNATIONALLY WELL-KNOWN CAP TOURMENTE NATIONAL WILDLIFE AREA: FIRST RAMSAR SITE RECOGNIZED IN NORTH AMERICA AND HOME OF A RICH BIODIVERSITY AND HISTORY

 

This one-day trip offers you the chance to visit the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area.

Composed of marshland, plains and forests, it is located about 50 km northeast of Québec City downtown; it can be described as a meeting of the Canadian Shield, the St. Lawrence Lowlands and the Appalachians, at the confluence of the Upper and Fluvial estuaries of the St. Lawrence River. The reserve has been recognized as a Wetland of International Significance under the Ramsar Convention in 1981, becoming the first site to earn this distinction in North America. It includes a multitude of habitats with a great diversity of animal and plant species (more than 180 bird species, 30 mammal species, 22 types of forest stand and 700 plant species), many of which are at risk or at precarious status. However, the reserve is exposed to various threats such as changes in farming practices, bank erosion, the proliferation of invasive alien species and the impact caused by visitors.

You will learn about some advantages and disadvantages of the methods implemented as part of the various vegetation management and habitat restoration projects that have been carried out over the years. It will be also about landscape management and its impact on fauna and flora considering that the Cap-Tourmente site has been partly agricultural for more than 350 years. You can also visit the Interpretation Centre with its new exhibit entitled Footprints or walk some of the many trails that line the reserve, including "Le Bois-Sent-Bon" which will take you directly to the edge of the tidal marsh. In addition, many historic buildings testify to more than 400 years of human occupation and farming activity, making it one of the founding sites of Canada. 

The excursion will include a guided tour with naturalists of the reserve as well as free time on the site to visit it as you wish. 

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
minimum 44 maximum 88

$ to come
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

By Service canadien de la faune, Evironnement et Changement climatique Canada

MID12

 

MID12

MID-14 - MARINE HABITAT, CONSERVATION OF ENDAGERED SPECIES, AND WHALE WATCHING IN THE ST.LAWRENCE ESTUARY AND THE SAGUENAY FJORD

 

This one-day field trip will give you the chance to visit the majestic Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, the perfect destination for whale and marine mammals watching on the St. Lawrence. At the junction of three different but interrelated ecosystems (Upper Estuary, Lower Estuary and Saguenay Fjord), we find a great diversity of marine habitats marked by variations in temperature, salinity, sea-bottom types and depth. This crucial sector of the St. Lawrence is a real pantry for a multitude of species of whales, seals and aquatic birds. But the challenges of conservation of habitats and species are numerous and diverse.

OPTION A: During this excursion, you will have the chance to visit the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM). It is managed by the Marine Mammal Research and Education Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research on St. Lawrence whales and education for the conservation of the marine environment. This centre, which welcomes more than 35,000 visitors each year, will help you discover the adaptations to the whales' marine world, the threats they face and the scientific research efforts on them. You may even be able to see belugas and minke whales from the Centre's terrace! Located in the picturesque village of Tadoussac, whose bay is renowned as one of the most beautiful in the world, you can enjoy free time to visit the surroundings and enjoy the local cuisine.

OPTION B: But what better than to observe all these species in their habitat, to appreciate their natural behavior while learning about the best conservation approaches and best practices to adopt to minimize their disturbance and increase their survival. You will be able to navigate for three hours in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park on a comfortable and specially designed boat for eco-responsible observation of the 13 species of whales and marine mammals, while benefiting from the interesting information provided by a naturalist guide. An expert from the Marine Mammal Research and Education Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research on St. Lawrence whales and marine conservation education, will be on board during the excursion to answer your questions. Finally, an incursion into the majestic Saguenay Fjord will allow you to admire its magnificent landscapes.

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
7:30 am to 6:00 pm

OPTION A
$ to come
minimum 50 maximum 100

OPTION B
$ to come
minimum 40 maximum 168

By Groupe de Recherche et D'Étude sur les Mammifères Marins (GREMM)

 

MID-16 - RESTORATION OF WETLANDS; A SOLUTION TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FLOODING IN THE CITY OF SAINT-RAYMOND, NORTH OF QUEBEC CITY

 

See the roles of wetlands in the hydrodynamics of the St. Anne River in St. Raymond by visiting the Chute-Panet peat bog and the waterfront park. In recent years, several experts have been working on solutions to reduce the impact of ice-free floods in the downtown core. Several measures had been taken, including reconfiguring the river. We will see how the river has been modified in the past and how wetland restoration could become one of the solutions in flood risk management in Saint-Raymond.

Departure at 8:30 and return at 16:00. Chute-Panet peat bog tour (site in conservation), the waterfront park (highly anthropized site with high restoration potential) and possibly the Sainte-Anne River.

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
minimum 40 maximum 115

$ to come
8:30 am to 4:00 pm

By CAPSA (Organisme de bassin versant Rivières Sainte-Anne, Portneuf et secteur La Chevrotière)

MID16

 

MID16

MID-18 - VISIT TO THE MONTMORENCY FOREST RESEARCH STATION IN NORTHERN QUEBEC'S BOREAL REGION

 

This one-day excursion will give you the chance to visit the Forêt Montmorency experimental station located in the boreal forest north of Quebec City, whose mission is to be a laboratory and a host environment for teaching, research and education in relation to boreal territories. To this end, this territory is developed in such a way as to aim, through experimentation, at excellence and exemplarity for the advancement of forest sciences.

During this excursion, you will have the chance to discover some of the natural features of this teaching and research forest, as well as to discover various demonstration sites for innovative silvicultural and management practices, and experimental sites aimed specifically at research on boreal forests and climate change.

 

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
minimum 35 maximum 44

$ to come
8:00 am to 5:30 pm

By Evelyne Thiffault from the Faculté de foresterie, de géographie et de géomatique, Foresterie, géographie et géomatique-Départ sciences du bois et de la forêt

 

MID-20 - REMEDIATION AND RESTORATION OF THE LAC-MÉGANTIC (QUÉBEC) OIL TRAIN TRAGEDY

 

A rail disaster occurred in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, on July 6, 2013, when an unattended 74-car freight train carrying Bakken Formation crude oil derailed in the downtown core, resulting in the fire and explosion of multiple tank cars, as well as a major spill of petroleum hydrocarbons and 300,000 m3 of contaminated soil and killing 47 residents.

This site visit will bring you to the City of Lac-Mégantic to show you the following areas:

  • Where the train was parked overnight of to examine the general landscape down slope toward Lac-Mégantic;
  • Impacted zones and how they were restored;
  • Migration of contaminants toward the shore of Mégantic Lake, marina wharf and Chaudière River areas;
  • Soil storage and treatment areas (no more piles);
  • The social impacts and challenges face by the municipality to rebuilt and General redevelopment of the municipality and; of this tragedy

In the afternoon, the visit will continue toward Black Lake mining site where most Lac-Mégantic treated soil were transported and reused, so you’ll be able to see:

  • The soil and organic residuals reception area and where they were mixed with other materials to create a fertile substrate for the vegetation;
  • The seedlings and the evolution of vegetated areas on the slope and plateau of the waste rock piles;
  • The impressive mine pit

 

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
minimum 40 maximum 120

$ to come

By Lucie Labbé from the CLRA Quebec Chapter, AECOM (Jocelyn Marcotte), Englobe (Simon Roy), Ville de Lac Mégantic (France Bergeron)

mid20

mid20

MID-21 - OVERVIEW OF RESTORATION PROJECTS FROM THE MOUTH TO THE UPSTREAM OF THE SAINT-CHARLES RIVER

 

Participants will visit sites restored in the City of Quebec and then learn more about the Marais du Nord and the means implemented to preserve this environment from great importance for biodiversity and water quality.

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
minimum 10 maximum 50

$
to come
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
By Sophie Ouellet and Mélanie Deslongchamps (Agiro) and Anne-Marie Cantin and Julie Deslandes (Ville de Québec)

mid21 

mid21

MID-22 - RESPONSIBLE PEATLAND MANAGEMENT: FROM PEAT EXTRACTION TO PEATLAND RESTORATION

 

This one-day tour will bring you from the peat production to peatland restoration and management.

The participants will stop at Premier Tech headquarters and will visit a peat-processing plant where peat and growing media are prepared. The importance and characteristics of peat as a substrate as well as the industry sustainability initiatives (such as the Veriflora Responsibly Managed Peatlands certification) will be presented. If the weather permits, we will also visit peat harvesting fields to show the process of vacuum-harvesting. This will also be the opportunity to discuss about greenhouse gas (GHG) emission from peat extraction, peat use, and end-use with researchers from McGill University.

Next, participants will visit Bois-des-Bel, a restored peatland. This peatland was partially peat harvested from 1972 to 1980, leaving a peat deposit of approximately 2 m deep. The peatland was restored in 1999-2000, with the goal to promote the return of ecosystem functions, especially peat accumulation and carbon sequestration. The peatland restoration technique that had been tested on small-scale plots was tested for the first time on an ecosystem scale. Research carried out at this experimental station over the last 23 years has allowed to better understand how a restored ecosystem evolves in terms of vegetation patterns, hydrology, biodiversity and carbon cycles over a long period of time.

The tour will be led by the Stéphanie Boudreau, science coordinator at the CSPMA, along with peat-producing companies and researchers from various universities.

Practical details: As terrain is wet and sometimes muddy, bring rubber or hiking boots. Depending on the weather, a raincoat, sun protection, a hat or insect repellent can be useful.

 

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
minimum 15 maximum 30

$ to come

By Stéphanie Boudreau from Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA)

MID-22

MID-23 - VISIT ISHS USE OF GROWING MEDIA IN DIFFERENT CONTEXTS

 

This tour will allow visitors to familiarize themselves with different projects or companies using growing substrates ranging from the production of cannabis berries, to green roofs and biofiltration through emerging environments such as the production of cannabis and the production of berries.

 

WEDNESDAY June 14th, 2023
minimum 25 maximum 48

$ to come

By Jean Caron and Guillaume Grégoire from Laval University and ISHS

Field Tours POST Congress

POST-5 - FROM HORTICULTURAL PEAT EXTRACTION TO PEATLAND RESTORATION: A JOURNEY IN THE ST. LAWRENCE VALLEY

During this three-day field trip, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the peatland restoration method developed by the Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG), called the Moss-Layer Transfer Technique. This method has been applied to over 100 restoration projects across Canada in the past 20 years. The tour will take place mainly in Rivière-du-Loup, about 200 km east of Quebec City. It will allow you to visit about eight different peatland sites: a natural peatland, rewetted peatlands, peatlands that have been restored for 2 to 20 years, a restored site that was affected by a fire and a Sphagnum farming site. We will also discuss about the Canadian horticultural peat industry, peat extraction and growing media processing and certification. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Kiskotuk Coastal Park and Kamouraska, one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec.

Don't forget to bring your rubber boots and bug spray!

From Friday June 16th, 2023 at 8:30 am to Sunday June 18th, 2023 at 4:30 pm
minimum 20 maximum 50
$
to come
By Line Rochefort and Kathy Pouliot Peatland Ecology Research Group (Université Laval), Stéphanie Boudreau and Marie-Claire LeBlanc (Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association -CSPMA)

POST-5

 

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