Download the App to discover the hidden stories of Montreal’s waste systems
The WasteScapes App is an interactive map featuring over 40 waste sites around the city of Montreal. Download it for free, head out your door, and explore familiar sites from a new perspective– one that brings waste into focus! Some sites take you to guerilla artworks made from scavenged materials, while others reveal aboveground clues to giant subterranean waste infrastructures. Just like Pokémon Go, you have to be there to ‘unlock’ each site’s content– which includes an audio story and photos. Challenge yourself to unlock them all!
The App is designed to let you find your own way between the sites, but here on the website, there are several curated tours suggesting routes on existing cycling and walking paths. The tours last from one to three hours, depending on your form of transport.
Download PDFs of the Waste Scapes tours below! Please note that the tours are not embedded into the App. If you want to follow our designated paths, download or print the tour PDF and use that along with the app to guide your urban exploration.
This tour follows the path of water along these two constructed islands with stops at the Basin Olympique and the Seaway, and asks us to consider the many relations and scales of waste - from microbes, to contaminants, to fish, to people, to whole nations.
This tour explores Frédéric Back Parc. Once a rock quarry, then a landfill, it is now one of Montreal’s most intriguing parks, with its hilly moonscape dotted with futuristic, orb-like biomethanation wells that manage the gas escape from the layers of decay below.
WasteScapes was created by students and faculty at Concordia University in Tioh:tiáke/ Montréal with additional support from a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council, Connection Grant