National park of the Mount-Orford
The national park of the Mount-Orford , of a surface of 58,37 km ², is located at the west of Sherbrooke and the north of Magog, in the area of the Estrie. It is managed by the Gouvernement of Quebec through SÉPAQ.
DescriptionIt is about a park with double vocation: conservation and recreation. The idea of conservation means that any activity undertaken on its territory must protect its ecosystems. Activities of recreation must proceed inside a delimited territory.
Several paths are marked out inside the park, which makes it possible to make hiking in summer and ski touring in winter. A center dedicated to the music, the Center of art Orford, is installed there, just like the Ski station of the Orford Mount. A ground of Camping is also accessible.
HistoryThe park was created in 1938 following an agreement intermunicipale, of which each party began to yield grounds in order to allow the constitution of the protected territory.
At the beginning of the Years 1940, a golf course is built there. To underline Expo 67, a Campsite and the Center of art Orford are built inside the park. Thereafter, a Ski station settled in the park, of the experts having estimated that it would cause few disturbances.
In 1976, the government of Quebec increases the surface of the park by expropriant owners, making pass the surface of 40 km ² to 58,37 km ². This gesture made following a proposal leave the park any activity related to commercial. For example, the ski station would be remained at the same place, but would not have officially any more belonged to the park, this one thus seeing its reduced size.
It is following the public sittings of the March 30th and 31st 1979 that the park becomes entertaining, i.e. the practice of activities of outdoor and the protection of the natural environment are exerted on the same territory.
Recent eventsSee the specialized article: Business of the privatization of the Mount-Orford
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