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Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien © J-F.Hamelin

Wildlife observation

From moose to humpback whale, Canada goose to great blue heron, more than 650 types of vertebrate—including 90 mammal and 300 bird species—inhabit Québec’s carefully preserved territory. 

Many can be seen in the wilderness or glimpsed by chance during nature walks. This applies equally to migratory birds, land mammals—including cervids (white-tailed deer, moose, caribou), bears and beavers—and marine mammals like the many whales that call the St. Lawrence estuary home.

Nature lovers will want to catch the upstream migration of Atlantic salmon in the fishways—and, with a little luck and patience, the springtime “rolling” of the capelin on the sandy beaches of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Twice a year, hundreds of thousands of snow geese come in for a landing alongside the St. Lawrence. A real feast for the eyes and ears, these immense flocks transform the shoreline into a rippling sea of white as the air fills with deafening cries. And when these valiant vagabonds suddenly take wing, the sight of their breathtaking aerial ballet is the stuff of legend.

Fall migration

In October, the snow geese rest up along the St. Lawrence estuary before continuing the journey that will take them from the Great North to their winter habitat on the Atlantic seaside—a trek of some 8,000 km. They feed on the river’s muddy banks for about three weeks. The most impressive concentrations can usually be seen mid-month at Cap Tourmente, 60 km east of Québec City. Large numbers of the geese can also be observed in Montmagny, home to the famous snow goose festival each October.

Spring migration

On the return leg of their journey each spring, the geese touch down on the Atlantic coast in late March and stay until the end of May. Many other bird species, including Canada geese, ducks and birds of prey, join them on their Québec stopover. Baie-du-Febvre, on the south shore of Lac Saint-Pierre (between Montréal and Québec City) welcomes immense numbers of geese. For its part, Parc national de Plaisance on the Ottawa River plays host to tens of thousands of Canada geese.


Oies des neiges © TQ/H.Wittenborn
Oies des neiges © TQ/H.Wittenborn
Oies des neiges © TQ/P.Carbonneau

Québec’s forests are the habitat of many large mammals like the white-tailed deer, moose, caribou and black bear. But that’s not all: they’re also home to plenty of smaller critters like beavers, foxes, porcupines, raccoons, chipmunks and red squirrels, all of whom are easily spotted. If you keep your ears open, you may well hear the call of the loon or the howling of wolves, too. In short, when walking through the woods, stay on the lookout!

White-tailed deer

Found all over southern Québec, the white-tailed deer is frequently encountered at a bend in the trail, the edge of the woods or even close to certain villages, often at dusk. They’re even regularly sighted near Montréal at Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville. But Île d’Anticosti in the Duplessis region boasts the greatest number: over 160,000 deer inhabit the island.


Moose, the largest members of the cervid (deer) family, are another fairly common sight in Québec. The Réserve faunique de Matane in Gaspésie, which boasts the greatest concentration in Québec, offers moose photo safaris.


The Baie-James and Nunavik regions are home to massive herds of caribou—members of the reindeer family—that roam far and wide through the seasons. Exceptionally, a few dozen individuals may be observed further south in the higher reaches of Parc national des Grands-Jardins (Charlevoix) and Parc national de la Gaspésie, where they coexist with deer and moose.

Black bear

The black bear, the only bear family member in Québec other than the polar bear (Nunavik), can be found in most forests across the province. Observation of this omnivore in its natural habitat—a rigorously supervised activity—is possible at the Réserve faunique des Laurentides and the Station touristique Duchesnay near Québec City.


Beaver lodges and dams are spotted easily enough, but the animal itself remains somewhat elusive. That’s not to say you won’t meet a beaver or two in the course of a canoeing or kayaking trip. Friendly humans can find out more about this industrious little creature at many of Québec’s national parks, including the Aiguebelle, Pointe-Taillon, Jacques-Cartier, Forillon, Oka and Plaisance parks.


Black bear, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean © TQ/C. Savard
Common loon, Réserve faunique Mastigouche © TQ/J. Fiset
Beaver, Charlevoix © TQ/A. Quenneville

Vacations that aren’t just for snowbirds!

Head to the banks of the mighty St. Lawrence River to see groups and families of seabirds put on a stunning show. Take advantage of this one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover troupes of airborne performers, while learning about their way of life and the fascinating St. Lawrence River ecosystem. The stars of the seaway will blow you away with their flying ballet, acrobatics, diving and even seduction!

Québec by the sea is an ideal spot to observe the area’s many species of seabirds. One of the St. Lawrence River’s biggest stars is the common eider, the largest breeding duck in Québec. It’s native to Kamouraska’s Parc national du Bic, and is one of the over 150 species of seabirds that inhabit the Parc marin du Saguenay-Saint-Laurent.

More great spots in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region include the île aux Lièvres and îles du Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie, home to double-crested cormorants, small penguins and other species. The marais de Gros-Cacouna is another popular destination for bird watching. They’ve set up a bird blind so that guests can watch musical performances and air shows—the American white pelican often makes an appearance. A bit farther east, you can find bald eagles, ospreys and their sidekicks in the Réserve faunique de Rimouski’s birdhouses.

Up on the Côte-Nord, other feathered friends steal the show. There’s no doubt that the Atlantic puffin, known for its distinctive beak, is a crowd favourite! The bold colours of this “sea parrot” are stunning. You can see puffins in their natural habitat at the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve.

Over 200 species of seabirds can be seen on the Côte-Nord, including the golden eagle, a rarity in Québec, and the osprey, an acrobat that dazzles bird watchers with its incredible dives! The Sept-Îles Archipelago and île d’Anticosti also boast an abundance of seabirds.

Gaspésie wouldn’t be the same without its northern gannet! Parc national de l’île Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé has the biggest colony in North America, with over 116,000 northern gannets congregating for a high-spirited rendez-vous. Visit this unique destination to observe the birds’ mating rituals and see young mothers tending to their broods. Don’t mind the racket, they’re just having a good time! This is one party you won’t want to miss.

At nearby Forillon National Park, gulls and kittiwakes enjoy an ocean view from the rocky cliffs they call home. Upscale waterfront property—the stars of the St. Lawrence River deserve nothing but the best!

Not found anywhere else in Québec, the piping plover gets top billing in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. North of Grosse-Île, the Bird Rocks Migratory Bird Sanctuary is home to many seabirds. Plus, it features the second-largest colony of northern gannets in North America!

For a trip to remember, get front row seats to the St. Lawrence River. Its rising stars will dazzle you with their song, colour and stunning acrobatics!

Eider à duvet © A.Trepte
Macareux moine, Duplessis © TQ/J.Schell
Fous de Bassan, Gaspésie © TQ/C. Savard

Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Québec’s forests extend as far as the eye can see, offering you an immense playground, where black spruce, balsam fir, birch and sugar maple reign supreme. Covering almost half the province, our forests spread over 761,100 km2 (293,785 sq. mi.), including 147,523 km2 (56,944 sq. mi.) of protected land—a sure-fire incentive for the explorer and adventurer in you!

Go fishing and track wildlife

Our beautiful, majestic forests are home to thousands of lakes and rivers. The region’s abundant wildlife is the pure delight of hunting and fishing enthusiasts. To make your best fishing stories a reality, enjoy a stay at one of the many outfitters in Québec and let the seasoned guides show you their secret spots for a prize catch.

Sleep under the treetops

Enjoy the magic of the forest by spending the night in its midst. Set up camp and listen to the rustling leaves and gentle sounds of the nocturnal wildlife. Breathe in the night air and enjoy a moment of utter tranquility. Opt for rustic forest camping at one of the many Québec campgrounds, try the “ready to camp” formula, or enjoy a cozy cabin or a hut experience in one of the national parks. And for a more active getaway, try canoe-camping at La Mauricie National Park or Gatineau Park.

Conquer the mountains

Push your calves to the limit on our mountain biking trails and discover our forests one pedal stroke at a time. There are trails for every level—beginner, intermediate and expert—or maybe you’re looking for the thrill of extreme downhill mountain biking! Whatever you choose, the experience is yours for the taking in Québec.

Parc national de la Gaspésie © TQ/P.Hurteau, C.Parent
© Tourisme Baie-James/Hooké
© TQ/S.Deschênes