The nature park project began in the 1990s, initially to provide more public green spaces for the local population, help to make the region more attractive and improve the local quality of life. Given that this was a floodplain of the Chaudière River watershed, with approximately one flood every month at the time, construction had previously been banned and the area had remained relatively natural, used informally by amateur birdwatchers. This context, combined with the site’s history as a seigneury back in the days of New France, drove the creation of an organization – the Corporation du Domaine du Seigneur Taschereau – to implement this project that would be beneficial to the local community. It was during the development of this project that the initiators saw an opportunity for ecological restoration and the possibility of using the future park as a water management tool.
In 2009, the Corporation du Domaine du Seigneur Taschereau launched the Domaine Taschereau project to develop a recreational eco park while restoring the site’s ecological functions.
Established in 1738, most of the former Taschereau Seigneurial Estate is located in the largest wetland of the Chaudière River Valley. It was once the site of a rich aquatic ecosystem consisting of a marsh, swamps, a pond and wet grasslands, along with diverse fauna and flora. However, agriculture and urbanization contributed to the deforestation and drying of this area, resulting in the disappearance of the marsh around 1890.
Spread over a period of 10 years, the goal of the Domaine Taschereau – Nature Park project was to develop a 0.53 km2 eco park to be used for recreation, tourism and culture, and to revitalize the floodplain of the former estate by restoring the marsh that had disappeared. This revitalization was intended to restore the wetland’s ecological functions, enhance the quality of surface water and promote the site’s recreational and instructional value. The final stages of development of the park helped to increase the number of public natural sites in the area, diversify fauna ecosystems and improve the storage and filtration of surface runoffs in the context of changing water regimes linked to climate change.