Shipbuilders’ Forest
Charlevoix QC

Shipbuilders’
Forest Project

The Shipbuilders’ Forest dominates the mountain facing the river, in the middle of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive. The mountain’s steep slopes are the legacy of a violent earthquake that occurred in 1663. The forest is bisected by a river that in places flows through a deep gorge.

Hiking and snowshoeing

Un petit sentier pédestre est accessible gratuitement en toutes saisons. L’aller-retour du parcours se fait en environ une heure. Bonne randonnée!

Noble trees and a noble cause

The Charlevoix Maritime Museum created the Shipbuilders’ Forest to transmit and perpetuate the traditional know-how and expertise required to build wooden schooners. This spectacular forest is home to many species of trees, including white pine, red pine, spruce, maple, and yellow birch, which are maintained, preserved, and reproduced so that future generations will have access to the wood required to build two schooners using traditional methods. This project also aims to preserve the forest’s biodiversity and reintroduce the noble climax trees that once grew in this forest. The Shipbuilders’ Forest is also the perfect testing ground for studying an important forestry issue in Quebec, namely the restoration of our deciduous forest, which is often in poor condition.

Collaborative Project with Université Laval

In addition to sitting on the Shipbuilders’ Forest planning committee, the Faculty of Forestry and Geomatics at Université Laval will use the forest as a laboratory for training graduate and undergraduate students and developing research projects.

The Faculty will put the unique expertise it has gained managing Montmorency Forest to use in planning the Shipbuilders’ Forest. Professors studying forestry in deciduous and mixed forests, ecosystem management, conservation biology, and wood processing will be involved.

This partnership is also in keeping with the Faculty’s objective to strengthen ties with the community in order to share its knowledge and expertise with local decision-makers and the general public.