AN APPRECIATION OF NATURE’S BOUNTY
The Pourvoirie du Lac-Moreau is committed to environmental protection, advocating an eco-responsible code of ethics that informs its entire site management approach and underpins its tourism activity offer.
We have adopted a number of sustainable development measures for management of activities such as hunting, fishing and snowmobiling, as well as use of various on-site energy sources. This is how we seek to limit our impact on the land, while playing an active role in protecting it.
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AT THE POURVOIRIE
Our intent is to showcase the profusion on this exceptional natural site, which we are pleased to be sharing with a rich, diversified array of wildlife, and guide you in your exploration. Additionally, the Pourvoirie du Lac-Moreau:
- Advocates an eco-responsible code of forest ethics
- Generates its own renewable energy (hydro and solar)
- Ensures sound management of wildlife and plant life (landscaping)
- Implements environmental awareness-building activities
- Is a recipient of the Tourisme Québec’s Sustainable tourism award
CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
Building a micro-turbine
To minimize its environmental impact, the Pourvoirie has replaced its diesel generators with a micro-turbine that generates clean, sustainable power in a responsible manner. The Pourvoirie can now generate all the energy it needs, while eliminating almost all of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – in excess of 300 tonnes yearly.
Solar panels installed
All of the Pourvoirie cabins now feature environment-friendly lighting generated by solar panels, for a 60% drop in total propane consumption per cabin.
Environmentally friendly composting toilet
A composting toilet was chosen for our new tent camp on wooden platforms – the first glamping experience in the Charlevoix region! This toilet, which is odour-free, looks no different than a deluxe outdoor model… but don’t look for a handle when you have to flush, because there isn’t one. It works exactly like a composter, so all you need to do is turn the crank.
Once our micro-power station was built, we reforested the power line and water pipe. All of the new buildings – wood structures, typical of the Nordic countries – blend perfectly into the landscape.
The Pourvoirie’s built heritage covers less than 1% of the land… but we only deforest a small part of the various locations when landscaping areas for your facilities, making sure that nature quickly re-asserts its rights post-development.
In the interests of resource protection and sustainable development, we have begun cleaning up our watercourses and developing natural spawning grounds for the speckled trout. Some lakes are also closed from time to time, to allow population regeneration.
Restrictions on visitors
The Pourvoirie management has imposed exemplary hunting and fishing quotas, thus ensuring, for more than 25 years, that this abundant resource is preserved and stays healthy.
To maintain tranquillity and protect water quality, only electric motors are allowed on the lakes.
CHARLEVOIX WORLD BIOSPHERE RESERVE (UNESCO)
We have set up interpretative signage at a few key locations on the site, and worked with a wildlife guide to implement an awareness-building program.
We also offer our visitors guided excursions on the site year-round, ranging from black bear/moose watching to trout fishing, hiking and site interpretation to Pourvoirie and Charlevoix history, etc.
The Pourvoirie is sited on an exceptional property at the heart of the UNESCO-designated Charlevoix World Biosphere Reserve, which it shares mostly with two national parks of 23 in the Sépaq network that rank among the most spectacular: Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie and Grands-Jardins.
Explore the Charlevoix region, with the Pourvoirie as your base! Packages are available, so you can stay on our enchanting site and enjoy access to these unique conservation areas.
STRICT STANDARDS FOR SNOWMOBILES AND ATVs
Snowmobiles are now allowed in some U.S. national parks, such as Yellowstone and Grand Teton, in Wyoming. Vehicles must, however, have BAT (Best Available Technology) certification – the most advanced form of green technology.
BAT standards for air and noise pollution are among the strictest in the world. Hydrocarbon emissions cannot exceed 15 g per kW/hr. and carbon monoxide emissions must be less than 120 g per kW/hr. – one-tenth of the output of a ten-seat tourist coach. Noise output from four-stroke engines is restricted to 73 dB – the intensity of a household vacuum cleaner at a distance of 3 meters.
BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products), the jewel of Québec’s economy, has offered a number of BAT-certified snowmobile models since 2012. All of these Ski-Doos are equipped with four-stroke engines – either the ultra-silent Rotax ACE 600 or the Rotax 4‑TEC 1200. Authorities with jurisdiction have therefore reviewed the BRP file (and Arctic Cat since 2013), and found that today’s snowmobile is no longer a major source of pollution.