Beaver Lake (Montreal)
Lac aux Castors (French)
View of Beaver Lake
|Location||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Max. length||0.24 km (0.15 mi)|
|Surface elevation||172 m (564 ft)|
It takes its name from an old beaver dam discovered during the work.
About 200 metres (660 ft) by 150 metres (490 ft), Beaver Lake is shaped like a four-leafed clover. It was traditionally used an outdoor rink in winter, but this practice was ended in 2017 and skating now takes place on an artificial rink nearby.
The surroundings of the lake are equipped for various recreational activities: skating and sliding in the winter, vast lawns in summer.
The Beaver Lake pavilion
Built between 1956 and 1958, inaugurated in 1961, the pavilion is located west of the lake. Designed by architects Hazen Sise and Guy Desbarats, it was considered one of the most innovative buildings in Montreal, with a corrugated roof and large windows. It was renovated in 2005-2007.
The pavilion houses a restaurant named The Pavilion.
In 2007, the Ordre des architectes du Québec (Order of Architects of Quebec) awarded the Excellence Award in architecture to architects Pierina Saia and Réal Paul and to the City of Montreal for the conservation and heritage restoration of the Beaver Lake pavilion.
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