Parc national du Bic 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 (15 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.
A boutique sells souvenirs, clothing for adults and children and outdoor equipment.
The park is open year-round; entrance fees are payable at all times. Services offered vary depending on the season.
$9.25/adult, free for children (under 18). You must purchase a daily access pass online before you visit a national park: www.sepaq.com/parksaccess
Recommended for campsites
Parc national du Bic 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.
Discover the beauty of this coastal park via 25 km (15 mi.) of hiking trails, including a long walking area along the shoreline. Be sure to also admire unique views from the Saint-Fabien and Pic Champlain lookouts.
Explore the park by bike! Over 15 km (9 mi.) of bike trails meander through the park, several of which are suitable for the entire family. These trails cross through various environments, from meadows to the seaside.
Sea kayaking excursions on the St. Lawrence with Kayak Archipel du Bic are magical and a perfect opportunity to observe birds and marine wildlife. (Be sure to approach them cautiously to avoid disturbing them.) Sunset excursions are especially memorable!
Seal observation is one of the park’s main attractions from June to September. The park also shelters thousands of seabirds as well as birds of prey, which can be observed during the spring migration. White-tailed deer are also plentiful.
The Discovery and Visitors Centre at the Rioux Farm presents a permanent exhibition and screens audiovisual presentations. The park wardens, who are also naturalists, will introduce you to the park’s plants, wildlife, geology and archaeology.
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 Estuary.
Long before the arrival of European explorers, Indigenous people roamed this land. Archeological digs have uncovered remains of several of their encampments, some dating back 8000 years, leaving no doubt as to their presence in Le Bic.
Located in the heart of the park, the park’s Discovery and Visitors Centre (Rioux Farm) offers regional products for sale, including sausages, cheeses, maple products and more.
The park shelters thousands of seabirds as well as birds of prey, which can be observed from the Raoul-Roy lookout during the spring migration.
How to get there
The park is accessible via Route 132 between the municipalities of Saint-Fabien, to the west, and Le Bic, to the east.
The Rivière-du-Sud-Ouest entrance is the park’s main entrance. The Cap-à-l’Orignal secondary entrance is closed between Thanksgiving and Victoria Day.
The park is also accessible by water via the Havre-du-Bic sector.
Affiliations and distinctions
- 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/Saint-Fabien
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