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Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

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Amazing to view the Geese when the circumstances are right

As other reviewers have noted, the viewing areas are a bit far from the where the geese are... read more

Reviewed October 17, 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A little early for the majority of migratories, there were still 1000+ snow geese and a small... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2018
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The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is the natural site par excellence to get in touch with wildlife and it's less than 45 minutes from Quebec City. Come and discover its breathtaking landscape on foot, along 20 km of hiking trails. The Cap...more
570, chemin du Cap-Tourmente, Saint-Joachim, Quebec G0A 3X0, Canada
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Reviewed October 17, 2018

As other reviewers have noted, the viewing areas are a bit far from the where the geese are resting, but, that is as it should be. These are wild birds, and will not come to this area if it becomes touristy and over crowded by...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018

A little early for the majority of migratories, there were still 1000+ snow geese and a small number so teals. The whole area is excellent with walkways and protected blinds to accommodate all ages and abilities.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bobp c
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

This is the second time my wife and have visited here. We saw at least six species of birds and plenty of wildflowers. I even found Bear scat along the trail. The scenery is beautiful anytime of year. On my bucket list is to come...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 28, 2018

I have to disagree with the previous few reviews. This is a great stop and was a highlight of our Quebec trip. It was summer so the geese are not here but there were plenty of birds and a terrific boardwalk out into the wild....More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank advisorj
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

I am a professional photographer and I enjoy shooting nature. There wasn't a lot of it to be found by the time I got there and I was the first in line when the gates opened. Usually you have the get to a park at...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Bruce M
Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

Lovely set up but you are kept so far from the snow geese you can not see anything... actually had better success seeing the geese when we stopped for lunch at a micro Brasserie on the way back down the road- also the day we...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Suz10blue
Reviewed October 3, 2017

While in Quebec City, I rented a car to watch and photograph the snow geese migration. I was told there were 32,000 geese that day. I don't question that number but the view of the geese was a huge disappointment! The park itself is nice...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Foncho11
Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

After walking on other hiking trails in the park we decided to venture the 1.1 km trail to the lookout. Though I must say that we are very active seniors (70+) we did have to stop 3 times for a rest during our climb. It...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank 159pty
Reviewed October 13, 2016

At the end of September, we visited this National Wildlife Area waiting to see many artic geese (9200 geeses this day). Please check what the best time to see geeses is calling this national park. We arrived at noon, geeses were too far too see...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank ENRIC-23
Reviewed September 8, 2016

We like to bird, and we enjoyed ourselves. Saw a Nashville (not 100% sure) warbler, bald eagles, an ovenbird, several hummingbirds at the feeders, and many waterbirds that were at a distance that required a spotting scope to ID. At the visitor center, you can...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank M H
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Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area (1 Replies)
We're planning a day trip to Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area from Quebec City in mid September (~ 11 or 12 September). Will we see a lot of snow geese at that time? We would also like to take our stroller (a jogging stroller - good for rougher terrain, but wide) - are the trails, especially the trail to see the snow geese, stroller-friendly? Finally, I've read that there are black bears (!!!) - is seeing them common (because we'd rather not...), or are they only on certain trails?
August 11, 2016|
Los Angeles, California
Quebec City and surrounding area Fall 2011 Trip Report (2 Replies)
This is the Quebec City report on our 9 day trip to Quebec to see the Fall colors. My husband and I arrived at the Montreal airport and spent two nights in Val-David. We then drove on to Quebec City where we stayed for four days. This was a 4 hour trip and we drove straight through to an apartment just outside the city. The price was lower than staying inside the city, there were laundry facilities and the parking was free. Then we made the easy drive into Quebec City and spent the day...More
October 28, 2011|
Response fromJDP112456|
Great trip report. Sorry to hear about all that rain but it appears your spirits weren't dampened by the weather. (Sorry about the pun) Hope you can return in better weather. JDP
One day trips from Quebec city (2 Replies)
Could you please advise about day trips from Quebec city (except Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica and Montmorency falls)? From google map we can go for day trip to: Parc du mont ste-anne, Beaupre, Reserve nationale de faune du cap Tourmente (Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area) , Baie-Saint-Paul.... The question if it worth it? Any other suggestions?
June 26, 2013|
Response fromd0nnasinc91|
What are you hoping for? Baie Saint Paul and Cap Tourmente are completely different day trips. Do you want to see countryside, parks for hiking or do you want to visit villages. I would say it is always worth the time to leave the city and head out but then it depends on your schedule and your desire.