Terra-Cotta Natural Park
This ecologically valuable urban woodland was made into a park by the City of Pointe-Claire to preserve its diversity and make it accessible to the public. Nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts are delighted by the variety and abundance of its plant and animal and life.
100 Terra-Cotta Avenue
Terra-Cotta Natural Park is:
- A woodland covering almost 40 hectares;
- Six kilometres of hiking trails;
- A wide range of ecosystems and plant species;
- A natural habitat for many birds, reptiles and mammals;
- A favourite place for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
- Stay on the marked trails.
- Do not remove any natural feature (animals, plants, wood, stones or rocks, etc.).
- Do not feed the animals.
- Leave waste in bins at park entrances.
- Keep dogs on a leash at all times.
- Put dog excrement in a sealed bag and drop it into one of the bins at park entrances.
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, for the inauguration of the monarch butterfly educational garden on the municipal lot next to Terra-Cotta Park on the corner of Belmont and Saddlewood.
During the afternoon:
- 100 monarch butterflies will be released into flight,
- children will enjoy artistic and educational activities based on the interpretive panels,
- 250 bags of milkweed seeds will be distributed.
Milkweed is the only plant on which monarch caterpillars feed before they become butterflies.
In case of rain, the event will take place in the evening, at 6 p.m.
A species to protect
According to the Government of Canada, the monarch butterfl y is at risk, being listed as a species of “special concern”. The decline in North America’s monarch population is due to a number of factors.
- The loss of milkweed – a native flower that is the sole source of food for monarch caterpillars – due to the systematic spraying of herbicides on fields.
- The pressures that agriculture and tourism put on the Mexican forests where monarch butterflies migrate in winter.
- Climatic changes that disrupt the monarch’s migratory pattern by altering the milkweed’s growth cycle.
To protect this species and give it a place to feed and lay its eggs, you can add nectar flowers and native plants, such as milkweed, to your flower beds.
The garden is made possible with the financial support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
Major clay deposits discovered in the early twentieth century were exploited on the site by the Montreal Terra Cotta and Lumber Company from 1912 to 1962. The clay was mixed with sawdust to produce tiles used on walls and floors.
Since 1971, a citizens’ association, the Terra-Cotta Conservation Area Project (Pointe-Claire) Inc., has greatly contributed to the preservation of this natural site.
For more information about the Terra-Cotta Nature Park, contact the Public Works Department at 514-630-1230 or firstname.lastname@example.org