Cap-Tourmente National Bird Sanctuary
This activity is located a few minutes from
The Cap Tourmente National
Wildlife Area promises entertaining, enriching experiences for
nature lovers. Located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence
River, the wildlife area offers a contrasting landscape at the
junction of the St. Lawrence Lowlands and the Canadian Shield,
the northern and coniferous boreal forests.
Recognized as a wetland of
international importance (Ramsar site) in 1981 and renowned for
the remarkable spectacle of tens of thousands of Greater Snow
Geese in the spring and the fall, the wildlife area is home of
more than 305 species of birds, 45 species of mammals, 22 types
of forest stands and 700 species of plants.
birdwatchers will be delighted with the many bird watching
opportunities. The presence of many nesting boxes in summer and
feeding stations in winter attracts several breeding and
A visit to the Interpretation
Centre is the starting point for those who want to learn more
about the wildlife area. An almost unlimited number of
activities are available, depending on your interests and the
amount of time you have.
Hiking enthusiasts will be
spoiled by the possibilities available to them. A network of
almost 20 km (12.43 miles) of hiking trails of varying lengths
and difficulty introduce you to the living phenomena that are
Visiting the wildlife area is
also a trip through history back to 1626 when Samuel de
Champlain built the first farm. It is learning about how the
site was turned into large tracts of farmland under Monseigneur
de Laval. It is learning about unusual farming practices that
favour geese and wildlife in general.