Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 22, 2010 10:00 ET

This Summer, Discover the True Nature of the Cap Tourmente: National Wildlife Area Summer Activities Launch

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) - Vacation season is on its way; are you looking for ideas for amusing and educational nature outings to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity? Environment Canada's Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area has put together a rich program of activities for the summer.

Beginning in July, you can try out a new tool for discovering biodiversity: the Cap Tourmente BioKit, a BioKit in which you are the hero. The story begins in 1729 with the shipwreck of the Elephant near Cap Tourmente. At each point of interest, activities are offered and your choice will determine what happens next on your adventure. Using a GPS tool, discover the delights of the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area.

Would you like to learn about pollinating insects and how to help them? In July, a team of naturalists will offer an activity called Sowers of the future. And in August, don't miss From one tide to another: splash about in the marsh as a family, and explore the little-known world of the river bank with your children. If you are even more interested in the world of science, on Saturdays, in July and August, you can participate in the Adopt a watercourse activity. Head out to the La Friponne stream to take samples. With the results of your analyses, you will be able to diagnose the health of this waterway.

In this International Year of Biodiversity, make the most of your visit to the reserve, and listen, smell, touch and look at the marvels around you. A 20-km network of hiking trails across the mountain, over the plains or through the marsh with an extraordinary view of the St. Lawrence River is available for experienced hikers or mere beginners. Set your own itinerary, and you will discover that there are a thousand and one ways to explore the true nature of the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area.

Business hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entry fees are $6.00 per adult and $5.00 per student. Free of charge for children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Telescopes, a rental service for binoculars and GeoTours and a historic route are available to facilitate your visit. For more information on activities and services provided, call 418-827-4591 or e-mail cap.tourmente@ec.gc.ca.

The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is part of a Canada-wide network of 54 protected areas for conserving critical habitat for wildlife species, some of which are at risk.

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