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History

The Base de plein air has been in operation in its present location since 1979. It provided visitors with reception and animation services and overnight accommodation. The first infrastructures were limited to a small cabin and equipment rental area. Originally known as the Centre de plein air Les Forestiers, it was owned by the Commission scolaire régionale de Vaudreuil-Soulanges before being administered by an NFPO.

Later on, a reception chalet was built along with a structure used to accommodate groups overnight. In 1983, a pool and pool house were built as well as the garage housing the manager’s quarters on the second floor.

In 1985, its capacity was increased with the construction of seven small cabins which could accommodate up to 102 people during the summer.

In the 1990’s, the outdoor centre restructured its day camp programs to meet growing demand. Packages without accommodation became increasingly popular and the rental centre and guest rooms were renovated.

In 1999, the Town of Les Cèdres acquired the property and renamed it Base de plein air Les Cèdres. During the following 15 years, despite limited resources and financial capabilities, Les Cèdres was able to maintain the outdoor centre, offer families a range of attractive, welcoming and safe activities and increase its recreational offering.

On May 1, 2014, Ville de Saint-Lazare took over the outdoor centre’s management. In May 2015, Town has renamed the site parc nature les Forestiers-de-Saint-Lazare in reference to the first name of the outdoor centre. The nature park qualification acts as a reminder of the wooden area surrounding the site, the pinière!