Stantec has won a 2024 Excellence Award presented by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) for its completion of the master plan for the future metropolitan park on Sainte-Thérèse Island in Varennes, Quebec.

The national distinction recognizes the proposed development concept by Stantec for the City of Varennes and its partners, aimed at sustainably transforming the Sainte-Thérèse Island archipelago into an ecotourism park at the heart of the Saint Lawrence River.

The CSLA’s national awards annually recognize achievements demonstrating excellence in design, innovation, and sustainable landscape management. Winners are selected by a national jury of renowned landscape architects and demonstrate the growing diversity of landscape architecture in Canada today.

“We are honored to receive this recognition for the innovative Sainte-Thérèse Island master plan project,” said André Arata, Quebec landscape architecture design director for Stantec. “Winning this award reflects our commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation and creating green, sustainable, and inspiring spaces that enrich communities and protect our precious natural heritage.”

Unveiled in February 2024, the master plan for the future metropolitan park on Sainte-Thérèse Island was designed based on the site’s history, archaeology, landscape, natural environment, and accessibility. The plan aims to provide guidance and an action plan to make the island a unique destination combining recreation, ecotourism, and nature conservation. Through agrotourism activities, a long riverside trail, and winding trails throughout the island, park users will be able to enjoy lookout points, visitor centers, observation towers, and interpretation panels to appreciate coastal landscapes, historic points of interest, and rich natural environments.

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The master plan was developed in close collaboration with partner cities including Varennes, Repentigny, and Montreal. Other partner organizations include the Montreal Metropolitan Community, Nature Conservancy Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and the Society for Nature and Parks (SNAP Quebec). A consultative process also took place with partners and organizations in the field, including the governments of Quebec and Canada.

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