Discover the animals of Gaspésie
With its wide open spaces and sea and mountain landscapes, Gaspésie is a perfect area to observe animals. In the heart of nature, or in the many interpretation centres, go meet the animals of Gaspésie. Fun for the whole family!
Hold a crab in your hands: At the museum, on open water, or with both feet in the sea searching the fyke net at the shore, discover the animals that populate the St. Lawrence River by visiting Exploramer in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. Will you be among the brave ones who dare to hold starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs in your hands?
Watch the moose: The Matane Wildlife Reserve has the largest concentration of moose in Québec! Take a safari to meet them. The Parc national de la Gaspésie is also a favorite place to observe wildlife, especially the Mont Ernest Laforce area. A short trail will help you explore the preferred habitat of moose.
At sea with whales: By kayak, zodiac or boat, embark on a trip to meet whales, dolphins and other marine mammals of the St. Lawrence. As the whales, these giants of the sea can occasionally play hide and seek, seals, on the other hand, are very curious. Smile back at them while they bask in the sun and seem to smile at you when you visit Forillon National Park.
See thousands of Northern Gannets: In Gaspésie find the most accessible colony of Northern Gannets in the world! An ideal opportunity to visit and discover thousands of birds that inhabit this awesome place. One never tires of the impressive white carpet of birds covering the cliffs of Bonaventure Island. Either on site at the colony or at the interpretation centre, learn more about these birds at the Parc national de l’île-Bonaventure-et-du-rocher-Percé.
Sleeping with the wolves: The Bioparc in Bonaventure brings together various animals native to Gaspésie. The presentation of the 5 ecosystems of Gaspésie, mini-farm, insectarium and various activities on the site make it possible to learn more about the Gaspesian fauna. Enjoy a unique experience camping in a prospector tent and discover what animals do once visitors leave. Cougars, moose, bears and other species come alive once it’s dark… and the wolves may sing for you.
Swimming with salmon: The Gaspésie has 22 salmon rivers, some of which are world famous. They delight fishermen, but also offer an incredible spectacle. Put on your mask and snorkel and swim with them or go to the foot of the falls to see them jump up and swim upstream at the Site des chutes et marais à Causapscal. There are several places to watch salmon migrating upstream: the observation post of the salmon run in Matane, and the Cap Madeleine lighthouse and salmon fishway (both in Sainte-Madeleine-de-la-Rivière-Madeleine).
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