North of the Island

© TOHU, la Cité des arts du cirque, Alain Laforest - La TOHU© TOHU - Saint-Michel Environmental Complex© Esenses Studio - Les Incorruptibles
© Cité Historia - Cité Historia© Tourisme Montréal, Mario Melillo - Paroisse La Visitation-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie© Cité historia - Cité historia

© TOHU, la Cité des arts du cirque, Alain Laforest - La TOHU

February 23, 2015 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 Fleury Street where restaurants offering the freshest local products are much appreciated by Montrealers.