Parc national du Bic

3382, route 132 Ouest
Rimouski (Quebec) Canada
G0L 1B0
Phone:
+418-736-5035
Fax:
+418-736-5039
Toll free:
+1-800-665-6527
Email:
parc.bic@sepaq.com

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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.


Opening dates

Open year-round


Schedule

The park is open year-round; entrance fees are payable at all times. Services offered vary depending on the season.

Cost

$8.60/adult, free for children (under 18). Rates valid until December 31, 2019.

Reservations

Recommended for campsites

Payment methods

  • Visa  Visa
  • MasterCard  MasterCard
  • American Express  American Express
  • Interac  Interac
  • Cash  Cash

Activities available

National Parks
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.
Hiking
About 25 km (15 mi.) of trails, including a long walking area along the shoreline, reveal the great beauty of this coastal park. The Saint-Fabien and Pic Champlain lookouts offer unique viewpoints.
Cycling
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 seashore.
Sea Kayaking
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 not disturb them.) Sunset excursions are especially memorable!
Wildlife Observation
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.
Interpretation Sites
The Discovery and Visitors Centre on the Rioux Farm presents a permanent exhibit and screens audiovisual presentations. The park wardens, who are also naturalists, will introduce you to the park’s plants, wildlife, geology and archaeology.
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.
Indigenous Heritage
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.
Regional Flavours
Located in the heart of the park, the Discovery and Visitors Centre on the Rioux Farm offers regional products. The Rose des Thés tearoom, located on the trail leading to Cap à l’Orignal, is open during the summer.
Bird Watching
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.


Services

  • Childrens playground
  • Picnic area
  • No pets allowed
  • Boutique
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Conference/meeting room
  • Free parking

How to get there

Access to Parc national du Bic 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

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