A unique attraction in Quebec, the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles is the largest protected wildlife area in the metropolitan region.

Éco-Nature, in partnership with the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs and in collaboration with the 9 municipalities bordering the river, has been piloting the large-scale project to expand the wildlife refuge since 2009. In 2022, 432 municipal lots of islands, shoreline and wetlands are being allocated by the City of Laval to the Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Wildlife Sanctuary, increasing its size from 26 hectares to 568 hectares.

With more than 971 hectares under study, the Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Wildlife Sanctuary expansion project will eventually be one of the largest urban wildlife sanctuaries in the province and will ensure the accessibility and sustainability of the site for present and future generations. 


A haven of peace in the heart of the city

The expansion of the wildlife refuge will make it possible to limit the strong pressures on the exceptional and fragile biodiversity of the river and to protect the elements of interest of the territory.

A rich ecosystem

The wildlife refuge is home to 2/3 of Quebec's vertebrate fauna

A sanctuary for endangered wildlife

The wildlife refuge provides shelter for 92 species at risk or of precarious status

An oasis of biodiversity

The wildlife refuge extends over 42 kilometers of protected river