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Snow Geese

Cap-Tourmente National Bird Sanctuary


This activity is located a few minutes from Chalets-Village's country homes.


Cap-Tourmente, 10 minutes away from Chalets-Village


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.

Amateur and committed 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 migratory species.

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 found there.

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.




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