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Victoriaville © IStock/Mirceax

A spectacular flight on the horizon

In fall, they leave the Canadian Arctic, bound for the American East Coast. Together with their six- to eight-week-old goslings they make stopovers along shores of the St. Lawrence River for about two weeks, and enjoy taking the time to enjoy Québec’s hospitality. Their taste for tubers and roots is more than served along the river, but they also supplement their diet near neighbouring farmlands.

Who is this mystery bird? The snow geese!

Whether you’re an amateur ornithologist or simply a nature lover, the outdoors or agrotourism, come up close to the snow geese and take in nature at its best in Québec. The following offer good vantage points in various regions:

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area (Québec)
Montmagny, Cap St-Ignace, Archipel de l’Isle-aux-Grues, Berthier-sur-Mer (Chaudière-Appalaches)
Parc du réservoir Beaudet, Victoriaville (Centre-du-Québec)
Parc de l’Étang de Burbank (Eastern Townships)


© TQ/C. Bouchard
© TQ/P. Carbonneau

You can also celebrate the arrival of these migratory birds by taking part in public events across Québec this fall:

October 10 to 14, 2019  (Chaudière-Appalaches)
Montmagny Snow Goose Festival
Join Pampan and Pampinot ─ the two famous mascots ─ to welcome 600,000-odd geese that have come to rest… and strut! As tradition dictates, the provincial canoe race and Snow Goose race are must-see events. Don’t forget to sample some goose-based dishes, whose recipes are a closely guarded secret among the region’s chefs!

October 11 to 14, 2019 (Québec City and Area)
Festival de l’Oie des Neiges
This event features breakfasts with live entertainment, masses, sculpting contests and an artisans’ fair. Follow the festival’s official mascot, Blanche, and discover this major celebration honouring snow geese.

October 19 to 27, 2019 (Eastern Townships)
La fête des oiseaux migrateurs
Discover a four-kilometre trail and several lookout towers where you can observe many migratory bird species and thousands of snow geese. Come get a real eyeful!


© TQ/H. Wittenborn

For more information on snow geese in Québec, feel free to contact our vacation consultants by phone or online.


Did you know?

Amateur ornithologists can track snow geese on an ornithological circuit in the Centre-du-Québec region to understand their migratory path and learn more about these majestic birds.