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 30 km (19mi.) of hiking trails, 20 km (12 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.
The Boutique Nature sells souvenirs, clothing for adults and children and outdoor equipment.
The park is open year-round; entrance fees are payable at all times. The services offered vary from season to season.
$8.5/adult, $3.75/child aged 6 to 17. Rates valid until December 31, 2016.
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.
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.
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 excursions on the St. Lawrence with Kayak Archipel du Bic are magical. You will observe typical marine and avian wildlife, approaching prudently so as not to disturb their activities. Sunset excursions are especially memorable!
Seal observation is one of the main attractions in the park in the summer and fall. Harbour seals are present in the estuary year-round while grey seals appear in mid-July. Seals can be observed from the shore, which makes this experience accessible to all. 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 throughout this territory.
The Ferme Rioux Discovery and Visitors Centre presents a permanent exhibit. Audiovisual presentations illustrate various facets of the park. 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.
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.
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.
The Croque-Nature snack bar, which offers regional products, is located on the Rioux Farm, in the heart of the park. The Rose des Thés tea shop is located in the Lyman chalet at Cap à l’Orignal and is open during the summer.
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.
No pets allowed
Restaurant or snack bar
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
- 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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