Considered part of UNESCO’s Charlevoix World Biosphere Reserve, Baie-Saint-Paul always tries to put forward ways that concilate conservation of its biodiversity with long-term sustainable use. Moreover, since 2005 it has pledged to move forward on a path rooted in sustainable development, owing to its adoption of Agenda 21 ‒ an action plan promoting citizen responsibility across its territory.
Le Festif! de Baie-Saint-Paul is an innovative festival with a zero waste goal. The Recyc-Québec initiative of portable drinking water stations means festival-goers can fill up their reusable glasses and bottles. Throughout the festival, food surpluses are donated to regional community centres.
And that’s not all! In 2019 Baie-Saint-Paul also adopted a policy that protects its night skies (DSP/Dark Sky Preserve). “Here we still have the opportunity to enjoy our starry skies. It’s a precious treasure everyone should preserve, a cultural heritage that must be passed down to future generations,” stated Mayor Jean Fortin.
And because we’re so proud of these initiatives that aim to protect our territory for tomorrow’s generations, during their stay we encourage visitors to join our community effort, in each of these easy stepss: