Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes

4, rue Labrie
Pointe-aux-Outardes (Quebec) Canada
G0H 1M0
Phone:
+418-567-4227
Phone (2):
+418-567-4226
Fax:
+418-567-4221
Email:
infoparc@parcnature.com

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Enjoy an extraordinary experience on a protected natural site
Here, flying is nearly within reach…

Located on a sandy point that juts out into the sea, Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes is set between two legendary rivers, the Manicouagan and the Outardes.

Protecting a unique biodiversity, Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes includes nine distinct ecosystems, ranging from the boreal forest to sand flats and beaches as well as a peat bog, sand dunes, an alder forest and the second largest salt marsh in Québec.

Relax and recharge your batteries surrounded by spectacular landscapes that are accessible to all via various activities, from unusual accommodations to a network of trails that form loops varying in length from 1 to 5 km (3 mi.). The trails are dotted with rest stops where you can take in the view and learn more about this must-see site.

Nature lovers will appreciate the diversity of the flora and fauna found in the nature park. Enjoy a 2.5-km (1.5-mi.) guided walk during which you will learn about edible berries and the medicinal properties of local plants.

Did you know that Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes is one of the top five best bird-watching sites in Québec? Over 255 species of birds have been observed in the park during migratory periods, so don’t forget your binoculars!

Enjoy the enchanting bird garden where you can admire 300 plant species as well as a butterfly aviary set in a creative décor made of recycled materials.

For those who are feeling adventurous, don’t miss the opportunity to set off in an inflatable boat with a biologist to explore the salt marsh. As you paddle the boat, discover the roles of the marsh and the species that live there. On the agenda: harvesting plankton, sampling marine plants and interpretation of this very productive ecosystem.

Enjoy discovering Innu culture with Wabush, an Innu elder, who will welcome you in his teepee. Learn more about traditional activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping and cooking as well as about Innu legends and spirituality.

Once night has fallen, you can discover the Milky Way by participating in stargazing evenings with an experienced astronomer. Discover the stars and planets in the night sky through our 45-cm (18-in.) telescope.

Sleep like a bird in this enchanting site! Five giant birdhouses are offered for those who like to travel light. If you have your own gear, you can set up your tent in one of our four seaside campsites or take advantage of one of our four RV sites, for an unforgettable night in the park.

You won’t regret visiting this nature park!


Opening dates

June 1 to October 15


Schedule

June 1 to 22 and August 16 to October 15: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23 to August 15: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost

$9.50/adult, $7/student or senior, $6/child aged 6 to 12, free for children under 6, $25/family (all taxes included)

Reservations

Required for groups of 15 or more

Payment methods

  • Visa  Visa
  • MasterCard  MasterCard
  • Interac  Interac
  • Cash  Cash

Activities available

Hiking
Discover spectacular landscapes that are accessible to all via a network of trails that form loops varying in length from 1 to 5 km (3 mi.). Rest stops where you can pause and take in the view are found throughout the park’s nine ecosystems.
Wildlife Observation
The nature park is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Seal haul-outs, Canada geese by the thousands as well as partridges, hares, beavers, fox and other mammals are easily observable here. Enjoy your visit!
Interpretation Sites
A guided walk will introduce you to the rich cultural and ecological resources found in the park’s nine ecosystems. You can also meet Wabush and learn about Innu culture as well as participate in stargazing evenings with an experienced astronomer.
Gardens, Parks and Natural Sites
Heighten your senses during guided walks that will introduce you to local flora and fauna. You will be amazed by the bird garden where you can admire 300 plant species as well as a butterfly aviary set in a creative décor made of recycled materials.
Bird Watching
Over 255 species of birds have been observed in the nature park, which is one of the top five best bird-watching sites in Québec. While you are here, why not sleep like a bird in one of our giant birdhouses or relax in the bird garden.
Indigenous Heritage
Enjoy discovering Innu culture with Wabush, an Innu elder. Learn more about traditional activities such as hunting, fishing and trapping as well as about Innu legends and spirituality.
Maritime Heritage
Stories about lighthouse boats and white whale hunts, weir fishing, softshell clam harvesting, historic shipwrecks and archeological digs are part of daily life and the collective memory of this corner of the world.


Services

  • Childrens playground
  • Picnic area
  • No pets allowed
  • Boutique
  • Free parking
  • Other: Campsites and unusual accommodations in 5 birdhouse-themed cottages
  • Guide services

How to get there

From Québec City, take Route 138 for 500 km (300 mi.). Past the village of Chute-aux-Outardes, turn right on Chemin Principal and drive for 17 km (11 mi.) towards Pointe-aux-Outardes. At the end of the road, turn right on Rue Labrie. The park occupies the entire western tip of the Manicouagan Peninsula.


Affiliations and distinctions

Affiliations

  • Tourisme Manicouagan
  • Manicouagan-Uapishka World Biosphere Reserve
  • Association of Regional Parks (APR)
  • Comité ZIP de la rive Nord de l'Estuaire
  • Amateur Astronomers Federation of Québec (FAAQ)
  • Vélo Québec
  • Manicouagan Chamber of Commerce
  • Côte-Nord Birding Club

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