Quebec maritime

Bic National Park

Parc national du Bic
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  • A rare showy lady\'s slipper orchid
  • Sea kayaking in Bic Harbour
  • Bird\'s-eye view of Bic National Park
  • Rioux Campground
  • Harbour seal
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Bic National Park proudly showcases the capes, bays, coves, islands and mountains that have made it such a popular tourist destination. Thousands of seabirds including common eiders come to nest in the park, and rare plants bloom on the rocky capes. Seals will delight you as they bask in the sun near the shore. Wooded areas and meadows await you along the banks of the St. Lawrence Estuary. Come and enjoy a unique experience in this coastal park. The park offers 25 km (16 mi.) of hiking trails, 15 km (9 mi.) of bike trails and numerous lookouts from which you can admire breathtaking views. An extensive program of discovery activities is offered to visitors including sea kayaking, guided hikes, wildlife observation, theatre, talks and evening activities.
Schedule
The park is open year-round; entrance fees are payable at all times. The services offered vary from season to season.
Cost
$6/adult, $2.75/child aged 6 to 17, $12/family (2 adults with children) and free for children under 6. Rates valid until March 31, 2013.
Reservations
Recommended for campsites
Payment methods
  • Cash Cash
  • American Express American Express
  • Interac Interac
  • MasterCard MasterCard
  • Visa Visa
Activities available in winter
Aboriginal Heritage
Long before the arrival of European explorers, Aboriginal people roamed this land. Archeological digs have uncovered remains of several of their encampments, some dating back 8000 years, leaving no doubt as to the Aboriginal presence in Le Bic.
Arts and Crafts
The Boutique Nature sells souvenirs, clothing for adults and children and outdoor equipment.
Gardens and Natural Science
Explore natural science in the park! The park wardens, who are also naturalists, will introduce you to the park’s unique plants and varied wildlife as well as tell you about the formation and evolution of the landscape, local archaeology and more.
Guided Tours
Enjoy a 90-minute shuttle tour that will take you all the way to the top of Pic Champlain. Park wardens, who are also naturalists, also offer guided tours covering the park’s main themes.
Interpretation Sites
The interpretation centre features a permanent exhibit entitled “The Landscape: A Legacy from the Sea.” Audiovisual presentations illustrate various facets of the park.
Maritime Heritage
Escape the everyday and immerse yourself in the history, legends and stories of Le Bic. Find out how many of the islands in the estuary got their names, and learn about the history of navigation on the St. Lawrence River.
National Parks and Wildlife Reserves
Bic National Park was created in 1984 to protect and showcase a representative segment of the ecosystems found along the south shore of the St. Lawrence Estuary. It is a coastal marine park that protects unique flora and fauna.
Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing
Strap on your skis and enjoy over 15 km (9 mi.) of ungroomed backcountry trails, where you will discover a virtually undisturbed natural environment.
Snowshoeing and Hiking
Discover 25 km (16 mi.) of marked snowshoeing trails suitable for all levels and admire spectacular views of the St. Lawrence Estuary. Hikers can explore 5 km (3 mi.) of trails that are mechanically groomed from Wednesday to Sunday.
Unusual Accommodations
In the winter, yurts and winter camping are available for visitors looking for a unique experience.
Wildlife Observation
Bic National Park shelters thousands of seabirds as well as birds of prey, which can be observed during the spring migration. White-tailed deer are plentiful throughout this territory as are marine mammals (including grey and harbour seals).
See what this partner is offering in fall, in spring or in summer.
Services
  • Childrens playground
  • Picnic area
  • No pets allowed
  • Boutique
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Conference/meeting room
  • Free parking
How to get there
Access to Bic National Park is via Route 132 between the municipalities of Saint-Fabien, in the west, and Bic, in the east. The Cap-à-l'Orignal entrance is the park's main entrance, whereas the Rivière-du-Sud-Ouest entrance should be used to get to the campground. The park is also accessible by water via the Havre-du-Bic sector.
Affiliations and distinctions
Affiliations
  • Parcs Québec network (SÉPAQ)
  • Aventure Écotourisme Québec (AEQ)
  • Tourisme Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Route Bleue du sud de l'estuaire (southern estuary waterway)
  • Tourisme Rimouski
  • Destination Bic/St-Fabien

Activities

Schedule
The park is open year-round; entrance fees are payable at all times. The services offered vary from season to season.
Cost
$6/adult, $2.75/child aged 6 to 17, $12/family (2 adults with children) and free for children under 6. Rates valid until March 31, 2013.
Reservations
Recommended for campsites
Payment methods
  • Cash
  • American Express
  • Interac
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Contact
3382, route 132 Ouest
Rimouski (Quebec) Canada
G0L 1B0
Phone: 418 736-5035
Fax: 418 736-5039
Toll free: 1 800 665-6527

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