The landscape is the imprint of humans on nature, or nature on humans. Whether you occupy it, or admire it, the territory becomes significant when it bears witness to this close relationship and the values of the time. Cultural, humanized or heritage, depending on the denomination, the landscape is increasingly valued as a collective good to be protected. Today, the last part from our series with the invaluable contribution of the readers of the To have to.
We appealed to you to send us your favorite landscape, the one you want to preserve or make known, a place that is unique in your eyes or emblematic for Quebec. More than sixty readers have responded to this invitation, and we are delivering a selection of some of these responses, a declaration of love for the territory.
For some, the landscape embodies a loved one who has now disappeared. A beach in Baie-Johan-Beetz reminds Monique Lafrance of her deceased lover. Their last trip together and this horizon sketched together make him say that the North Shore is a magnificent part of the country to be preserved.
For others, the words of landscape specialists resonate particularly well. For Denis Tremblay, the characteristic agricultural landscape of Charlevoix has contributed to his happiness “for decades, regardless of the season,” he writes. He greets the farmers who still survive and maintain these striking views, including this Séva farm on rang Sainte-Marie, in Les Éboulements.
Jean-Pierre Marcoux, landscape architect for 37 years, thinks for example of the landscape as a “sensory, contemplative, spiritual, cultural, ecological, ethical, aesthetic experience and what else”.
The St. Lawrence River, its estuary and its gulf float like a constant web for a third of these reader-collaborators, from Laval to the Magdalen Islands, via Île d’Orléans and Rivière-Ouelle. Cohabitation with bodies of water is taken up as a central element in photos taken around Lake Témiscouata, or even smaller lakes in the Laurentians.
Another reader, Lori Palano, indicates that the way in which one “enters a landscape” is important. In comparison to the car ride, “the bicycle trip (cycle tourism or daily trips) makes it possible to see better, to hear, to feel the landscape and to stop there more easily”, she notes in her email. .
Finally, the landscapes near urban areas are those which suffer the most from the development of cities. Hélène Cantin writes to us that she is fighting with a group of citizens to save Old Pointe-Claire, a place that recounts the arrival of the first settlers in this part of the island of Montreal. On the one hand, buildings are abandoned there, and on the other hand, the construction of condos that began this summer in this part of the village of Pointe-Claire will “disfigure” the place, deplores Mr.me Cantin. His group hopes to save several buildings on the point, including an old mill, a road cross and the first school in Pointe-Claire. “Who will be able to help us, ordinary citizens, to save these heritage buildings before another promoter attacks them?” », She worries.
Marcel Bruneau and Huguette Larochelle, for their part, are members of the organization Sauvons nos trois grandes îles de la rivière des Mille-Îles and hope to protect these exceptional natural environments. In October 2020, the City of Laval became the owner of Îles aux Vaches and Saint-Pierre. However, they have not yet been the subject of a change in status for conservation or even integration into the Rivière-des-Mille-Îles wildlife refuge, which worries this association.
In Quebec, it is rather the expansion of the port that threatens the splendor of the St. Lawrence, write us Johanne Leroux and Micheline Boivin. It is a city where the river is particularly present and “where its majesty manifests itself in a spectacular way, both along the Samuel-De Champlain promenade and from the heights of the city”. However, these expansion projects could change this horizon, they say.
All those who have taken the time to write to us and to open a window on “their landscape” evoke it as a refuge, an almost meditative view which renews their relationship to the world. A sign that the look matters.