A Pine Grosbeak breakfasting on buds in Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, Quebec, Canada
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Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is a famous Canadian bird refuge, with at least 320 species of birds spotted here but the alpha avian is the Greater Snow Goose, for whom the reserve was created in 1969. These days there are, in spring and fall, up to 75,000 Snow Geese nesting and feeding here.
An Evening Grosbeak in Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area
Cap Tourmente has 20 kms of hiking trails open for walking and twitching from lookouts and observation posts mid-April to the end of October. Some animals that make this wildlife reserve home are deer, mink, muskrats, porcupines, red foxes, weasels, raccoons, red squirrels, many kinds of frogs and black bears.
An American Black Bear family in Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area
Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is on the north shore of the St Lawrence River in the Saint-Joachim region, just 40 minutes drive north-east of Quebec City.
A female Spruce Grouse in the efficient and lively Matane Wildlife Reserve on the Saint Lawrence River, Gaspé Peninsula
by Gilles Savard
Matane Wildlife Reserve offers a large number of services and activities such as camping (summertime obviously!); cabins, a mountain lodge; bike, kayak, fishing rods and boat rentals with marked trails; lots of wildlife action such as moose, deer, caribou, bear; and many superbly scenic driving routes in the area.
A North American Porcupine in Forillon National Park, north-east Quebec
by Danielle Langlois
Forillon NP is situated on Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula and offers a variety of environments including a sea coast with dunes, salt marshes, cliffs and forests. Forillon NP is home to moose, bears, seals and whales, as well as porcupines.
A female moose in Jacques-Cartier National Park, just 50km north of Quebec City
A muskrat in (Marais) Leon-Provencher Marsh Nature Reserve, Neuville, Quebec
A Beluga Whale at the confluence of the St Lawrence and Saguenay rivers, near Tadoussac village.
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Tadoussac in Quebec is the oldest French settlement in the Americas.
The town's not much to look at but the vicinity is attractive and the fjord and whale tours pricey fun, except for the lunch on the boat which is a gastronomic disaster. Bring sandwiches!
The area, however, is rich in tasty whale food, krill, due to the mix of fresh, cool Saguenay water with the warm, salty St Lawrence waters, so there is a lot of big-fish action and the beluga whales are an especially popular sight.
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