PEOPLE2023 – Field Trip

Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (CESM)

The Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (CESM) is an immense 192-hectare site in the heart of the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough. This site, once home to the Miron limestone quarry, was converted in 1968 into a giant landfill of 75 hectares. Eventually acquired in 1984 by the City of Montreal, their goal was to turn it into a vast environmental technology and education complex surrounded by green space, helping to improve the cultural and recreational life of the area. Today it has become the second largest green space in Montreal, after Mount Royal Park. This is one of the most ambitious environmental restoration projects ever undertaken in a North American urban area.


Montreal Biosphere is an environmental museum located on Île Sainte-Hélène in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was originally built for the 1967 World Fair, Expo 67, and it was designed by American architect Buckminster Fuller. The Biosphere is a unique and iconic building that has a geodesic dome shape, which is made up of triangles of steel and acrylic. The building was converted into an environmental museum after the exposition, and it opened to the public in 1995.

The Biosphere features interactive exhibits and displays that focus on the environment and sustainable development. It also offers educational programs and activities for visitors of all ages. The building and its exhibits aim to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment and preserving natural resources. It is also a symbol of the city of Montreal, and it is a popular tourist attraction.


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