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Wildlife watching

You’ve just dipped your paddle in the river when you hear a splash a few metres away—a whale breaks the water’s surface to greet you as a seabird dives for fish in the distance. Or you find yourself on the trail of a gentle deer in a forest, or a cute squirrel in a city park. Whether by land or by water, a visit to Québec will surely include enchanting encounters with some of its nearly 650 animal species. Spot a moose as you wander a boreal forest, or a blue heron while strolling along an urban canal. Be awed by the sight of thousands of snow geese, or take a boat tour of the St. Lawrence to see the whales—our wildlife can be enjoyed in provincial parks and nature reserves, or observed in the wild.

  • More than 650 animal species

  • Caribou is a protected species

  • Snowy owl is the provincial bird

Follow your natural instincts

  • Hear the call of the wild—50,000 times l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park

    From 50,000 northern gannets that is. This National Park of Canada is a feast for the ears and eyes. A 5-million-tonne monolith shaped by stormy seas. Flora and fauna galore. And if you get the chance, tall fishing tales from local fisherman.

    Gaspésie © TQ/M.Laporte
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    Gaspésie © TQ/C.Savard
  • Join the wolf pack Wolf encounters

    You heard right! You can get close to packs of resident Arctic wolves at a number of wildlife observation centres. And if you want to get even closer, stay the night in unusual accommodation where you can literally sleep next to the wolves.

    Girardville © TQ/M.Laporte
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    Girardville © TQ/M.Laporte
  • Whales of every shape and size Whale watching

    If you’re into whale watching, then this is the place to be. All kinds of whale watching expeditions are available on small, medium and large boats. Don’t miss this chance to catch an unforgettable glimpse of these majestic sea creatures.

    Manicouagan © TQ/Gremm
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    Manicouagan © TQ/Gremm
  • The forest comes alive Anima Lumina

    This is nightlife and wildlife like you’ve never experienced it—in the forest. Your instincts will truly be working overtime on this illuminated multimedia night walk through a 1.5 km trail of the Zoo’s paths and footbridges.

    Zoo sauvage de St-Félicien © Moment Factory
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    Zoo sauvage de St-Félicien © Moment Factory