Pointe de St-Vallier, QC (Photo by NCC)

Pointe de St-Vallier, QC (Photo by NCC)

People encouraged to get outdoors this fall

September 11, 2019


An invitation to explore some of Quebec’s most beautiful natural areas

If people are looking for things to see and do this fall, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is helping out with some ideas and inspiration to spend time outdoors.

The not-for profit, private land conservation organization has added three Nature Destinations in Quebec, expanded its network to 36 sites. Nature Destinations are stunning properties NCC has protected through land donations or has purchased for conservation. NCC has invested in making these areas more accessible for public use and enjoyment.  

Naturedestinations.ca provides detailed information on all locations, including interactive maps, species to spot, trail information, tips on what to bring to enhance your experience and easy-to-follow directions. A list of the Nature Destinations sites is attached.

The three new sites in Quebec are:

  • The domaine Pointe-de-Saint-Vallier (60 km from Québec City), where thousands of large snow geese can be seen during seasonal migrations.
  • The Tourbière-de-Venise-Ouest nature reserve (80 km from Montreal), a diverse system of bogs, forests and streams that is home to close to 15 species at risk.
  • The Boisé Papineau nature reserve (20 km from Montreal) where the 200-year-old beech forest gives the impression of wandering in a natural cathedral.

Connecting people with nature

NCC is the only land trust in the country to offer access to a network of privately protected lands, coast to coast.

“Long weekends are an ideal time to unwind, recharge and recreate, and spending time outdoors is proven to help. We are pleased to share these select sites to help people connect with nature,” said Julien Poisson, NCC's program director for southern Quebec. “The great outdoors brings families and friends together, and can provide a greater personal appreciation of nature and the importance of caring for these special places.”

NCC is encouraging people to explore these Nature Destinations, both on the ground and online, in all 10 provinces. People can experience a variety activities from hiking, walking, canoeing, kayaking, photography and wildlife appreciation. There are a blend of natural areas that are accessible in both urban and rural areas for people to take advantage of.

NCC has several goals with its Nature Destinations program. It hopes to get people outside so they can enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being active in nature. The organization also hopes that people will gain an appreciation for the ecological benefits that nature offers, such as clean air and water, and the importance of conserving nature for future generations.  

The Nature Conservancy of Canada wishes to acknowledge Kruger Products for its support of the Nature Destinations program. NCC also recognizes the Government of Canada for its contributions to help conserve many of these sites via funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the Canada’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast, including 45,000 hectares (111,197 acres) in Quebec. To learn more, visit: natureconservancy.ca.

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Nature Destinations: naturedestinations.ca

Nature Conservancy of Canada Nature Destinations

Quebec (8): Green Mountains Nature Reserve in the Eastern Townships. Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve in Piedmont; Pointe Saint-Pierre in Barachois, Hochelaga Archipelago near Montreal; Jean-Paul Riopelle Nature Reserve near Montmagny;  

New destinations: Domaine Pointe-de-Saint-Vallier, near Quebec City; Tourbière-de-Venise-Ouest Nature Reserve, near Montreal; Réserve naturelle du Boisé-Papineau, near Montreal.

Newfoundland and Labrador (2): Maddox Cove Nature Reserve, near St. John’s; Grand Codroy Valley Estuary in Doyles.

Prince Edward Island (1): Thomas Island in Murray Harbour.

Nova Scotia (4): Pugwash Estuary;  Gaff Point near Lunenburg; Brier Island on the western tip of Nova Scotia; Abraham Lake Nature Reserve, east of Upper Musquodoboit.

New Brunswick (3): Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Reserve and Interpretive Centre near Dorchester; Lincoln Wetland Natural Area, near Fredericton; Musquash Estuary, 15 minutes west of Saint John; .

Ontario (4): Hazel Bird Nature Reserve in Harwood; North Bear Alvar (Carden) near Orillia; Backus Woods in Norfolk County; Big Trout Bay near Thunder Bay.

Manitoba (5): The Forks Prairie Garden in Winnipeg; The Weston Family Tallgrass Prairie Interpretive Centre, near Stuartburn (includes Prairie Orchid Trail); Agassiz Interpretive Trail, located next to The Weston Family Tallgrass Prairie Interpretive Centre; Elk Glen near Rossburn; Gainsborough Creek Trail near Pierson.

Saskatchewan (3): Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area, in the rural municipality of Frontier; Fairy Hill South Complex, 30 minutes north of Regina; Nebo, near Prince Albert.  

Alberta (3): Bunchberry Meadows, bordering Edmonton; Nodwell property near Drumheller; Hopkins property on Coyote Lake.

British Columbia (3): Dutch Creek Hoodoos Conservation Area near Fairmont Hot Springs; Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area in Osoyoos; Chase Woods Nature Preserve near Duncan.

For activities, precise locations and directions, visit naturedestinations.ca.

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Media Contact:

Elizabeth Sbaglia
Communications Manager, Quebec Region
Nature Conservancy of Canada
514-876-1606 x6240

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