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    Canada: Podcasts in the woods of Montreal

    Canada: Podcasts in the woods of Montreal

    After proposing recordings to discover the riparian areas of the Rivière des Prairies, the GUEPE organization takes up the concept this year with a new series of podcasts as part of the Le tour project. This time, we learn about the attractions and secrets of some of the nature parks on the island of Montreal. We listened...

    The United Group of Environmental Educators and Environmental Professionals (GUEPE) has created recordings that can be heard while walking in five of Montreal's eight nature parks. "We wanted to focus this year on urban woodlands," said Melissa Greene, spokesperson for GUEPE. As these are podcasts that will last in time, we wanted the content to be fairly general, emphasizing the importance of ecoterritories, particularly by establishing the relationship between the trails visited and other green spaces. the city."

    We tested the De Ruisseau-De Montigny nature park podcast, which allowed us to discover a place that was completely unknown to us. The park, just west of Highway 25, in the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, runs along one of the last streams on the Island of Montreal. By following the advice of the naturalist in our headphones, we stop in some strategic places of the park to learn more about the fauna, the flora and to know some peculiarities of the park - the marked presence of fossils of the Upper Paleolithic period in the specific case of Ruisseau-De Montigny Park. We are invited to follow the path, but it's worth taking the small tracks that bring us closer to the watercourse and its amazing waterfalls.

    To attract the youngest ones

    The initiative is certainly interesting, but it does not turn the place into a must-see tourist attraction. This is not the specific goal of the GUEPE: "Of course, anyone can go for a walk in a nature park listening to the podcast, but I find it particularly interesting that the locals can do the discovery, said Melissa Greene. These people frequent these parks often and they lose the idea of ​​discovering them."

    The other clientele targeted by the project's podcasts The Tour is the under 30s. "We've been working in nature parks for 25 years with school-age kids, but we're also working to educate young people between the ages of 20 and 30," said Greene. As they eagerly listen to podcasts, we thought it would be a good idea to do it ourselves."

    It's finally a good way to discover unsuspected parks and areas. "In the parks where there is a reception cabin, the attendants inform the visitors, but there are trails where there are no people, places where we do ourselves fewer guided activities, said Greene, who herself recorded some podcasts. It was therefore interesting to create a tool to discover less frequented spaces, which are sometimes a good distance from hostels, in paths that are further than those who pass near the toilets!"

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