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Grande-Vallée (Gaspésie) ©Philippe Delisle
Photo: Grande-Vallée (Gaspésie) ©Philippe Delisle

Fall in Québec maritime


Dazzling foliage


The changing hues of the tideland grasses in Québec maritime are an unmistakable sign that fall has arrived. The air is crisp and invigorating, and the leaves gradually turn bright yellow, orange and red. This is a great time of year for hiking, rock climbing or cycling.

The ten national parks of Québec maritime are where you want to be this fall. Deer, moose and caribou can be observed, as well as numerous species of birds. As late summer segues into fall, the shores of the St. Lawrence River fill with flocks of snow geese preparing to migrate south. Located near Tadoussac, Saguenay National Park provides an excellent vantage point for observing 13 species of birds of prey. The Tadoussac Bird Observatory (OOT) organizes several activities during which you can learn about small nocturnal owls and observe migrating birds of prey.

Also visit Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park: its colony of 120,000 northern gannets is the most accessible in the world. The four trails on the island lead to observation points where you can observe these magnificent seabirds. Totalling over 15 kilometres (9 miles), they give you the opportunity to soak up the enchanting atmosphere of this island.
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