Plans are underway to create a gorgeous new outdoor lake in Canada that will be kept at mild temperatures year-round by a “huge lupine” heating system underneath. Designed to be the largest of its kind in the world and blend into the landscape, the geoLagon project also features hundreds of surrounding chalets to form a village that will be fully energy self-sufficient.
style Famous underground lakes In Iceland, the geoLagon is designed as an outdoor attraction for visitors to relax and enjoy the surroundings. The waters of the lake to be built in Charlevoix, Quebec, will span an area of about 12,000 square meters (130,000 square feet) and will be warm to 39°C (102°F) all year long, providing a welcome escape from the freezing air temperatures in the region. go down. Well below zero (32 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter.
Much larger than Iceland’s astounding 8,700 square meters (93,000 square feet) blue lakeThe planned geoLagon is set to be the largest lake of its kind in the world. It will be heated by an energy ecosystem consisting of geothermal energy, biomass, photovoltaic cells and solar heating systems, along with a thermal reservoir below the base of the lake to store heat.
“This is one of the keys to our recipe,” GeoLagon owner and CEO Louis Massicotte told New Atlas. “I have a patent pending on this huge thermos under our pool.”
Massicott says further improvements and technologies such as sewer heat recovery could see the geoLagon Village even become a power provider, but it’s positive that the project will at least be able to sustain itself without drawing power from the grid. This confidence stems from a feasibility study conducted by Canadian Sustainable Energy Corporation Akonovia, which ran the governor on the project and concluded that its demands for these renewables could be met.
“There is a strong possibility that the geoLagon project will produce more energy than it consumes, providing an opportunity to provide surplus electricity to the surrounding community,” Massicott told us.
Clusters of chalets will surround the lake once the project is complete, capturing solar energy through the photovoltaic cladding to help power the water heat pumps. These cottages can be converted into short-term Airbnb-style rentals, and according to Massicott, 80 percent of them have already been sold to investors.
While envisioned as a tourist attraction in its own right, the geoLagon will be built approximately 45 minutes from Quebec City, with easy access to art galleries, golf, ski resorts, farm-to-table dining, and whale watching experiences. So while visitors will have enough water to float around, they will have plenty of activities nearby if the mood is moody.
The project was planned in three phases, starting with the construction of 150 solar-powered huts, followed by the lake as a second phase, and the remaining 150 chalets thereafter. All is well, Massicotte plans three more geoLagon projects in Quebec, in Laurentides, Lanaudière and in the Eastern Townships. He says construction work on Charlevoix is expected to start in March, and take about 18 months.