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Michel LeClair acts as a guide taking us through the beaver habitat in Gatineau. Click on the videos associated with the panorama to hear his description of the scene.
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The beaver habitat is located in Eco-Odyssée -- 200 hectacres of land that comprises a 30 hectacre marsh, agricultural fields and rolling mountains accentuated by mixed forest just outside the town of Wakefield, Québec.
Michel LeClair, former Animal Conservation Officer with Gatineau National Park, created Wild Animal S.O.S. whose principal goal is to manage the beaver population, habitat and marsh. His 25 years of working alongside the beaver inspired him to create a water labyrinth comprising 64 intersections spread over 6.4 km., providing the beavers the perfect environment to build their lodges and dams, which control the water levels in the marsh.
Explore our panorama interactive to see a beaver lodge, a beaver dam and learn how beavers are adept at manipulating their enviroment. And find out how, managed properly, they can create a better habitat for everyone to enjoy.
Our beaver family lives in two lodges: the main lodge belongs to Castor and Pollux and their offspring, and the other belongs to Boulotte and Peluche and their family. The Castor Cam provides a glimpse into the daily goings on within the main lodge, indicated on the map.