Barachois de Malbaie, Gaspésie (Photo by Photopleinciel)

Barachois de Malbaie, Gaspésie (Photo by Photopleinciel)

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Jean-Paul-Riopelle Nature Reserve (Isle-aux-Grues)

Where nature meets culture (trail)

Jean-Paul-Riopelle Nature Reserve, QC (Photo by Claude Duchaîne)

Jean-Paul-Riopelle Nature Reserve, QC (Photo by Claude Duchaîne)

As you wander through the 2.5 kilometres of hiking trails on the reserve, discover its exceptional flora and fauna and how it influenced the work of local artists. Jean-Paul-Riopelle found much of his inspiration in this environment, which can be seen in his depiction of geese, owls and ferns and the explosions of colours in his paintings. Now it’s your turn to interpret nature through your own eyes.

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The site is open year-round for hiking and for snowshoeing in the winter. It is particularly impressive in the spring with its many wildflowers and the arrival of a wealth of forest and aquatic bird species. It is located at the end of the chemin de la Haute-Ville, in Saint-Antoine-de-l’Isle-aux-Grues.

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See below for directions.

 

Méandre-de-la-Rivière-Vincelotte Nature Reserve (Cap-Saint-Ignace)

An important aquatic ecosystem facing Île aux Grues (trail)

Méandre-de-la-Rivière-Vincelotte Nature Reserve, Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec (Photo by NCC)

Méandre-de-la-Rivière-Vincelotte Nature Reserve, Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec (Photo by NCC)

Located 15 kilometres from Montmagny, facing the Île aux Grues island, the mouth of the Vincelotte River features vast biodiversity and is a vital aquatic ecosystem. Follow the 300-metre-long interpretive trail and explore the banks of the Saint Lawrence estuary and a pond visited by many species of waterfowl. If you have the time, take the Île aux Grues ferry and discover the Jean-Paul-Riopelle Nature Reserve — a 300-year-old maple grove (also property of the Nature Conservancy of Canada).

This site is open year long, except during the hunting season (early September to mid-January) for safety reasons.

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La Pointe de Saint-Vallier (Saint-Vallier de Bellechasse)

Stroll along the shore near Quebec City (trail)

Pointe Saint-Vallier, Quebec (Photo by NCC)

Pointe Saint-Vallier, Quebec (Photo by NCC)

Just 40 minutes east of the Quebec City bridge, discover a one-kilometre-long batture along the Bellechasse inlet. Stroll past fields and forests or see the shoreline from a kayak, where you can marvel at the incredibly diverse landscapes. In spring and fall, observe the greater snow goose and other bird species that make a stop on their migration south. There are also many at-risk and native flower species in the freshwater estuary of the Saint Lawrence — flowers that don’t grow anywhere else in the world. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the 18th-century colonial manor located on the property.

This site is open during the summer, but only during activities organized by the Domaine-Pointe-de-Saint-Vallier organization.

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L’anse Ross (Saint-Nicolas)

Take a walk along the beach at low tide (waterfront access to the beach and river)

Anse-Ross, Saint-Nicolas, Quebec (Photo by NCC)

Anse-Ross, Saint-Nicolas, Quebec (Photo by NCC)

Enjoy this natural access point to the Saint Lawrence River, located on Quebec City’s south shore. Take a walk on the beach at L’anse Ross at low tide to enjoy a magnificent landscape notable for its sand, rocks and a bulrush marsh. The latter is welcome habitat for rare plants, including Parker’s pipewort, which is endangered in Quebec. This zone is also inside a waterfowl concentration area, so you may spot some bird species, especially during the migration season.

L’anse Ross is open to visitors during the summer season for low-impact activities: walking, swimming and non-motorized boating. Don’t forget to check the tide schedule by clicking here before your visit, as the beach is only accessible during low tide.

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