Bird Watching in Bas-Saint-Laurent

| 6 days |180 km (110 mi.) | from La Pocatière to Rimouski

Number of species: 362
Number of globally threatened species: 4
Number of extinct species: 3

Number of introduced species: 5

Source: Avibase – The World Bird Database

Signature species

The common eider is the largest nesting duck in Québec. Known for its highly insulating down, it can be observed in several sites in Bas-Saint-Laurent, particularly in the Kamouraska region, Parc national du Bic and the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park.

Bas-Saint-Laurent is home to hundreds of bird species. The following are a few of the region’s most popular bird-watching sites.

Travel Itinerary

70 km (45 mi.)La Pocatière to Rivière-du-Loup

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La Pocatière mudflats

Easily accessible on foot or by bike from La Pocatière, the La Pocatière mudflats are a feeding ground for several bird species. Canada geese, American black ducks, greater scaups, black scoters and common goldeneyes are often spotted here.

Kamouraska mudflats

Visit the SEBKA site, a riverside park where you can hike the trail to various lookouts and observe seabirds, birds of prey and forest birds. Snow geese, Canada geese and ducks are commonly seen in this area.

Rivière-du-Loup

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Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park

Over 150 seabird species have been identified in the St. Lawrence Estuary segment of the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. You can observe them during a sea excursion with Croisières AML.

Île aux Lièvres (Hare Island) and Île du Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie (Brandy Pot Island)

Once the nesting season is over, you can visit Île aux Lièvres and Île du Pot à l’Eau-de-Vie, two islands off Rivière-du-Loup, with Société Duvetnor. Double-crested cormorants, great blue herons, black-crowned night-herons, common eiders, black-legged kittiwakes, razorbills and black guillemots nest throughout the islands. You can also observe scoters, American black ducks, goldeneyes and brants on the surrounding water.

110 km (70 mi.)Rivière-du-Loup to Rimouski

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Cacouna marsh

Located near the Cacouna Harbour, the Cacouna marsh offers nearly 4 km (2.5 mi.) of trails, two observation towers and a blind where you can observe several thousand seabirds. Some of the species you may see include snowy egrets, diving ducks, black-bellied plovers, short-billed dowitchers, teals, double-crested cormorants and even American white pelicans.

Basques Island

Located off Trois-Pistoles, Basques Island is a migratory bird sanctuary where you can observe about 230 bird species, including common eiders and great blue herons. The island can only be visited in the company of the island’s guardian, from the Trois-Pistoles wharf.

Rimouski

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Parc national du Bic

Every summer, birdwatchers meet at the Raoul-Roy lookout in Parc national du Bic to observe thousands of birds of prey migrating north to their nesting sites. In addition, the park’s coves and bays are ideal for observing some 10,000 common eider couples and several other bird species.

Rimouski marsh

Located along the Littoral trail west of the mouth of the Rimouski River, the Rimouski marsh is a staging and feeding area for several bird species, including American wigeons, green-winged teals, great blue herons, snow geese, savannah sparrows and Nelson’s sparrows (a species at risk). A few species of birds of prey, including the peregrine falcon and sharp-shinned hawk, have also been sighted here.

Réserve faunique de Rimouski

The Réserve faunique de Rimouski extends from a few kilometres southeast of Rimouski all the way to New Brunswick. Some of the species that can be observed within its borders are bald eagles, osprey, ruffed grouse and spruce grouse.