Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 30, 2010 10:57 ET

The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area: A Favourite Site for Fall Outings

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2010) - Starting now and until October 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day, the public is invited to the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area (NWA) to view migrating Greater Snow Geese and take part in a little science. As part of the Gros Plan sur les Oies activity, visitors will meet up with dedicated naturalist guides at the Bois-Sent-Bon trail observation platform and then attempt to spot the geese marked with brightly coloured necklaces. The work is part of a scientific monitoring program for this globally unique population.

A favourite destination of nature lovers, Environment Canada's Cap Tourmente NWA is a great place to watch the fall migration of thousands of birds. Every October, migrating Greater Snow Geese invade the foreshores of the St. Lawrence in search of food for the journey ahead. Many other bird species are also present in the area, which is recognized as a wetland of international importance.

What hardy birdwatcher could resist a 20-km network of trails along the mountain, across the plain or through the marsh, with a splendid view of the St. Lawrence? Or maybe your preference is for fall activities and a quiet spot to take in the rich biodiversity of the various habitats? Try the Cap Tourmente BioKit, a new tool for discovering the area's flora and fauna. At each point of interest, activities will be suggested: the choices you make will determine the next steps in your adventure. Using a GPS device, you can discover the marvels of Cap Tourmente.

During this International Year of Biodiversity, take advantage of warm fall days to be outdoors, watch the geese and see the fall colours at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, an exceptional site located less than 45 minutes from downtown Québec City.

The Cap Tourmente NWA is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until October 31. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and free for children under 12 accompanied by a parent. There are telescopes on site, and binoculars and GPS devices for rent as well as a historic route to facilitate observations. For more information on activities and services available, call 418-827-4591, or e-mail the park at cap.tourmente@ec.gc.ca.

The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is part of a network of 54 protected areas across Canada established to protect critical habitats for wild species, some of which are at risk.

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  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Pascale Boulay
    Press Secretary
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations