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“Fly, baby, fly”

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area
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Owner description: 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 Tourmente is a major Canadian bird-watching site. It's also a staging area for one-of-a-kind Greater Snow Geese, which flock there by the thousands every spring and fall. Did you know? 306 bird species have been identified in the National Wildlife Area. Also available, quaricycle rental, interpretive activities, controlled hunt program and much more.
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Every fall I get restless and have to make my annual pilgrimage to see the snow geese as they feed up to get ready to fly south. It was a changeable day when we went but somehow the alternance of sun and cloud made for a soulful atmosphere. There were thirty thousand geese the day we went but I have been when there were sixty thousand. The hiking trails are for every level of enthusiasm and energy with rest stops along the way. the fall colors against the cliff and the shining river are wonderful. Try to find out the tide schedule and go at high tide (the st. Lawrence has tidal influence) That way the geese are closer to the observation site. Take a picnic and a bottle of wine and comune with nature. Great B&B's on Ile D'orleans. Enjoy!

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Reviewed June 16, 2012

Many of the trails are elevated boardwalks over intact natural areas including wetlands and praries. We saw birds, fish, frogs, and a raccoon helping himself to a bird feeder outside the snack bar. All the trails we walked were wide, smooth, and very passable. Trails are dog friendly. Trails are clearly marked with distance and difficulty. Information center staff was helpful, friendly, and spoke English very well! Bring some sunscreen, some water, and a camera!

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Reviewed April 30, 2012

This was a great spot to visit. There were so many snow geese at the time of our visit (late April). We saw lots of birds, toads, chipmunks, muscrats and even a mother and baby porcupine. I was hoping to see a bear because they warned us that there are around, but we didn't. There are many different trails to walk so wear sensible shoes and pack a lunch since there is an eating area. There is a snack bar but it wasn't open when we were there because the season was not officially on until May. The staff were really helpful and put the films on in English for us even though there were only three of us. The fee to park and get in was only $6 or $8 each and free for kids.

Thank Pet37
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Reviewed May 15, 2010

Famed as the gathering spot for virtually all Atlantic Flyway snow geese prior to their northward migration to tundra nesting grounds, Cap Tourmente didn't disappoint. Thousands upon thousands of the birds were there at our visit (12 May, 2010), and virtually no people. As a wildlife biologist, one recommendation I'd make is that the habitat needs some serious work, in particular the fields nearer the St. Lawrence could use a good burning to remove woody shrubs that generally deter the birds from using those areas for fear of predators hiding in the brush. While it's trendy to manage habitat for "all wildlife" as of late, Cap Tourmente's highlight is snow goose habitat, and management should key on that focal point. The staff were very accomodating while we where there, playing the "Cap Tourmente History" film despite our only being four people!

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