Last updated: November 2, 2009 (6 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999


(Saint- Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2003
  • Start Living Together: 2006
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Paul Casavant
  • Phone: 514-227-5416
  • Address:
    1563, ch. Kelly
    Saint- Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec, J0R 1R1
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Ecologically viable community

Community Description:

TerraVie is a nonprofit charitable organization that acquires, preserves, and manages land for future generations, of which 25 percent is made available for the development of viable communities. TerraVie is a qualified recipient for an ecological gift, certified by the Minister of the Environment of Quebec.

TerraVie is devoted to scrupulously managing the land at their disposition in conformity with its charter and principles. TerraVie is committed to preserve its objectives, irrespective of the socioeconomic or political context.

This initiative is based on the principle that land is not a commodity, but a fundamental resource to be maintained for the community as a whole.

Although land trusts are established for similar reasons, TerraVie is different in that its purpose also includes the development of viable ecological communities.

It acts as a local, sustainable, environmentally conscious stimulator while educating the public about the various aspects of lifestyles in harmony with nature. It emphasizes the development of communities that minimize the exploitation of resources and financial speculation on land.

In Laurentides at Montcalm, TerraVie purchased on September 5, 2006, 250 acres of land with a lake (40 acres) and two downstream rapids.

On September 5, 2006, TerraVie purchased 250 acres of land near the hamlet of Moncalm in the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal. The mainly forested land has access to a lake and two rapid flowing streams.

TerraVie rents part of the land (25 %) to two nonprofit cooperatives (housing and employment) that manage the activities of the ecovillage. The cooperatives are responsible for the buildings, but cannot own the land or the natural resources. They are obliged to ensure the ecological integrity of all activities and construction within their territory. The cooperatives must respect the ecological charter and fundamental principles of TerraVie as described on our website.

The board and members of TerraVie are working towards the creation of a legal structure to facilitate the establishment of community land trusts (CLTs) and ecovillages throughout Quebec. The research studies that stem from this project will be made available to the general public.

TerraVie received the ¨Phoenix of the Environment 2007″ award in the categorie “sustainable development” for its pilot project at Montcalm. This prize is the highest distinction from the minister of environment of Quebec.


  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: The respect of Nature and each of others

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 250 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Additional Comments: 75% in conservation 25% for village

    30 houses are planned


Labor and Money

    • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
    • Open to members with existing debt: No


    • Required Labor Contribution: 0


    • Additional Comments: As a coop

      5 hours/month

      6 000 $



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


  • Additional comments: In progres

    The sharing meals is vegetarian

    Restricted area only


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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Ecovillage Network of the Americas, The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge