190 km (120 mi.)Pointe-aux-Outardes to Tadoussac
Parc Nature de Pointe-aux-Outardes, which is home to 255 species of birds, is one of the five best bird-watching sites in Québec. Birds can be sighted in the nature park’s eight ecosystems as well as the bird garden, which also includes a butterfly aviary and an insect hotel. Want to sleep like a bird? Enjoy an unusual glamping experience in a giant birdhouse!
As you continue driving southwest, you will have other opportunities to see birds, namely at the Longue-Rive salt marshes, the second largest in the province. Take advantage of the raised decks to observe various species, including several that are threatened.
In Les Escoumins, bordering the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, the Marine Environment Discovery Centre is a popular place to observe whales from the shore and participate in a live virtual dive. The exhibit on site is a perfect complement to your whale-watching experience.
Learn more about the whales at the Cap-de-Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Site in Les Bergeronnes, before setting off on a sea excursion to see marine mammals up close. Sea kayaking enthusiasts will enjoy the excursions offered by Mer et Monde Écotours, while those who prefer a Zodiac adventure can opt for a cruise with Essipit. This company also offers black bear watching in a natural setting in complete safety.