Birdwatching at Cap Tourmente, Québec
One of the things we’ve been enjoying the most about our new home in Québec is the abundance of wide open natural spaces. There are so many parks, reserves and forests to explore, with each new landscape more beautiful than the last.
Last weekend, even though it was nearly -4°F (-20°C), we headed northeast along the banks of the St. Laurent to Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area to get some fresh air. The wildlife area is primarily known as a critical habitat for snow geese during their annual fall and spring migrations. In April and October, tens of thousands of snow geese stop over to refuel before continuing on the rest of their journey. In the winter, things are much calmer, but there are still plenty of birds to see. We saw various woodpeckers, chickadees, mourning doves, a blue jay and several other species that we couldn’t identify. The reserve consists of about 6km of walking trails through different habitats, with bird feeders at frequent intervals. We found the trails to be very well maintained and clearly marked. There’s even a sugar shack where you can stop in for a complimentary hot chocolate on weekends in the winter months. All in all, it turned out to be a fantastic day-trip from Québec City, and a great way to discover some of the region’s wildlife. We’ll definitely be going back in the other seasons.
Prices to enter the reserve are 4 CAD per person in the winter, and 6 CAD the rest of the year. http://www.captourmente.com/