Beaver Lake basin; Redpath Crescent

Restoration of the Beaver Lake basin is underway!

The work is set to begin the week of July 16 on the restoration of Beaver Lake, a basin that was dug by hand in 1938.

The restoration work in the areas of the clearing and the Beaver Lake sector will be conducted in two phases over a period of two years:

  • Phase 1 comprises the restoration of the Beaver Lake basin from July 2012 to February 2013.
  • Phase 2 comprises the reconfiguration and landscaping of the western sector of the clearing from April to December 2013.

The work in Phase 1 will serve to rebuild the basin’s stone retaining wall, remove the major build-up of sediments accumulated at the bottom of the basin since 1938, reprofile the bottom of the basin to ensure better water circulation, and build a pumping station to circulate the water designed to ensure the proper oxygenation of the water and better management of water levels.

Most activities around the lake will not be interrupted despite the closure of the basin. The small parking lot adjacent to the pavilion will be closed and access to the picnic tables near the pavilion will be reduced. The pedal boats are not operational this summer. This winter, sliding activities and skating on the artificial skating rink will proceed as usual. You may click on this link to read the Ville de Montréal’s French-language press release announcing the worksite.

For more information, please call the Ville de Montréal at 311 or visit the website of the Division des grands parcs.


Work on Redpath Crescent

The Ville de Montréal is undertaking work to reconstruct the drinking water lines and sewage systems located under Redpath Crescent, between Cedar and des Pins avenues from July to December 2012. This major public works project includes the reconstruction of the pavement and sidewalks, and will require the complete closure of certain roads. A temporary road will be built in Mont-Royal Park to allow access to the 60 residences on Redpath Crescent, emergency services, garbage collection and workers to the work site.

The city’s Direction des grands parcs, together with the Service des Travaux Publics, will put special measures into place to reduce as much as possible the impact of the work on this sector of the mountain, including a very carefully planned route to ensure the protection of trees of great value (protective fencing around tree trunks) and the construction of the passage along a series of norms designed to ensure the maximum protection of the forest root systems and litter, or uppermost layer of the forest floor. The work is being conducted in collaboration with a forestry engineer and landscape architect.

Roadwork signage during worksite hours will be installed for the security of visitors to the park.

The project includes the felling of 60 trees, such as Boxelder Maple, White Ash, Norway Maple and some Sugar Maple, trees that are mostly, but not exclusively, ill, dead or alien.

Les amis de la montagne suggested to the Division des grands parcs that a tree-planting be conducted at the end of the project, in order to avoid the incursion of alien invasive species and to ensure the proliferation of quality indigenous vegetation. The idea has been retained.

For more information, citizens may call 514 872-3777 (Direction des travaux publics of the Ville de Montréal) or write to