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Observing Black Bears in Eastern Québec
  • Watch these animals in their natural habitat
    Mathieu Dupuis

Observing Black Bears in Eastern Québec

Black bears can be found in nearly every corner of the maritime regions of Québec. Encounters are rare, but if you do see a bear while you’re hiking, it’s recommended to back away from it and make noise to alert it to your presence. The best way to observe bears in complete safety is to take part in an organized bear-watching activity.

The Réserve faunique de Matane in Gaspésie offers an activity called “Demystifying Bears” to introduce you to this animal that is often misunderstood. Safe installations have been set up so you can observe black bears at dusk. A naturalist guide will help you understand the biology and habits of this fascinating species.

Located along the Saguenay Fjord in Côte-Nord, the Ferme 5 Étoiles Holiday Resort is a great place to observe wildlife, particularly black bears. Accompanied by a guide, watch this animal up close in a safe and natural environment. You can also see many other species of animals at this family farm, including moose, wolves, cougars, bison and white-tailed deer.

Located only 8 km (5 mi.) from Tadoussac, Essipit offers you a unique opportunity to observe black bears, which are traditionally associated with Innu culture. An experienced guide will take you to a safe shelter to watch these animals in their natural habitat. Learn surprising facts about this fascinating species as well as age-old Innu beliefs.

The Bioparc de la Gaspésie in Bonaventure is another interesting place to visit to learn more about black bears. A boardwalk has been built specifically to provide visitors with a unique viewpoint from which to observe these large carnivores. The Bioparc is also a great place for the whole family to discover some 40 animal species that are indigenous to Gaspésie, including harbour seals, caribou, moose, white-tailed deer and several species of birds of prey and seabirds. And if you prefer insects to mammals, you’ll be happy to spend some time at the insectarium, with its impressive collection of living insects.

Regardless of which observation activity you participate in, you will be impressed by the strength and agility of black bears. And who knows, you may even be lucky enough to see bear cubs!

Author Jean-Pascal Côté

A certified translator and avid outdoorsman, Jean-Pascal Côté works as a freelance writer and translator in Bas-Saint-Laurent, the region where he was born. He regularly escapes his daily life by going road biking, cycle touring or cyclocross racing, skiing in the mountains of Bas-Saint-Laurent or Western Canada, or sea kayaking on the St. Lawrence River. He is constantly dreaming up new travel plans. He also blogs (on an admittedly irregular basis) about his cycle touring adventures.

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