North of the Island - Green Itinerary

© Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] - Society for Arts and Technology [SAT]© TOHU, la Cité des arts du cirque, Alain Laforest - La TOHU© TOHU - Saint-Michel Environmental Complex

© Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] - Society for Arts and Technology [SAT]

April 16, 2012 – Start today by heading to La TOHU, one of the world's largest campuses for everything related to the circus arts. Of particular interest to ecotourism is the La TOHU Pavilion, where environmental concerns permeate every space. With its green roofs, ecological heating, natural/hybrid ventilation, natural basin, and much more, La TOHU was awarded the gold level in the international LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certificate program, which imposes the strictest standards of environmental respect before and after a building is constructed. La TOHU’s varied activities include circus shows, exhibitions, events with an environmental theme, and guided tours.

Starting to feel a bit hungry? The TribuTerre Bistro, a cooperative located in close proximity to La TOHU, offers an eco-gastronomic and vegetarian menu.

In the afternoon, make your way to the nearby Parc-nature de l'Île-de-la-Visitation, a 34-hectare area providing opportunities to discover a wide variety of birds and aquatic wildlife. While there, you can visit the historic Maison du Pressoir and the Des Moulins bistro-terrace, and see the remains of old mills. Depending on the season, other activities include walking, cycling, cross-country skiing, and tobogganing. You can also partake in one of three self-guided audio tours of the designated heritage venue, Sault-au-Récollet Historic Site, a treasure trove of more than 300 years of history.

As suppertime approaches, proceed to Carte Blanche, a restaurant offering fine cuisine made with the freshest local products. The elegant ambiance, courteous service, and a wine list of private imports are much appreciated by Montrealers as well as visitors to the city.

For evening entertainment, check out an event at one of the city’s recycled venues, like Usine C or the SAT. Tickets can be purchased on site or at La Vitrine Culturelle de Montréal.