NMG continues to be an active member of Espace nature Haute-Matawinie, a nonprofit organization leading the deployment of the territory integration plan that we imagined and created to ensure the harmonious integration of the Matawinie Mine into its milieu. Pulling from stakeholders’ feedback and priorities to improve the region’s tourism and educational offer, NMG developed an ambitious concept that has now taken a life of its own through Espace nature Haute-Matawinie.
The project entails 4 km of multi-use trails and 31 km of mountain bike trails, a graphite interpretation center with industrial tours, a service pavilion with a café-boutique, and a lookout point to observe the mining site.In 2022, a lot of progress was made in the project development namely:
- Geolocation of recreational infrastructures and marking of 20 km of trails;
- Preparation of permit and authorization applications;
- Planning of commercial, sustainability, and operational aspects of the site; and
- Submission of multiple grant and sponsorship applications to complement NMG’s financial contribution.
Espace nature Haute-Matawinie is governed by a Board of Directors composed of two citizens of Saint‑Michel-des-Saints, a socioeconomic representative, a representative of the municipality, and two employees of NMG.
The integration project will live on beyond the mine’s life as a legacy for our community.