Roaming Sheep Are Returning To Montreal's Parc Maisonneuve This Summer

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Sheep in Montreal's Parc Maisonneuve.

Sheep in Montreal's Parc Maisonneuve.

Montreal's Parc Maisonneuve will host a gang of roaming sheep once again this summer. This will be the sixth year the animals will take to the Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie park as part of an "urban eco-grazing project" — a way to tend grass without using fossil fuels.

When they're not chomping vegetation in the open lawns under the supervision of their shepherds, the sheep will be resting in a pen in the northwest section of the park.

They're part of a larger initiative to educate park visitors about biodiversity, the city says. In addition to their pen, Biquette, the eco-grazing advocacy organization behind the project, will also once again set up a henhouse; garden, mushroom and medicinal plant areas; educational panels; and a rest area with picnic tables and hammocks, according to the city website.

Biquette will also stage activities for members of the public. The summer 2023 schedule is forthcoming.

The sheep will be visible between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. every day from May 28 to September 10.

A 2021-2022 pilot project saw the eco-grazing initiative extend to two more parks, Parcs du Chevalier-Cuivré and Parc André-Corbeil-dit-Tranchemontagne, both in Rivière-des-Prairies.

Thomas MacDonald
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Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.