PARC NATIONAL DU BIC
We have been eyeing Quebec's Parc national du Bic on the map and on the Internet for many years. When we decided to take a trip to the Gaspe Bay, this was the perfect opportunity to make Bic the first stop on our trip itinerary. We chose to camp here for 4 nights, but we could have easily enjoyed a longer stay.
We didn't realize that salt water and the ocean environment was so close to home. Quebec's Parc national du Bic is located in the St. Lawrence Estuary, just west of Rimouski. The landscape at Bic is very unique with its rocky capes, shallow coves, islands, beaches and tidal flats. It boasts an abundance of wildlife and flora and is open during all seasons of the year.
Since our trip was late August, it was the perfect time for seal viewing. The short downhill Cap Caribou Trail lead us to Anse aux Bouleaux Ouest during low tide. Just off shore were nearly 100 Harbour Seals basking in the sun on surfacing rocks. Although we have seen seals in the maritime provinces, we have never had the opportunity to see these interesting mammals this close and so relaxed.
Other wildlife sighting included Red Fox, Porcupine, Kingfishers, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, Black-throated Green Warblers, Yellow-rumped, Warblers, Northern Parula, Warbling Vireo, American Redstarts, Ruby & Golden Crown Kinglets, and White-throated Sparrows.
The real beauty of the park is the rugged coastline. There are plenty of well marked and maintained trails in the park for both hikers and bikers. There are also many less maintained trails for those who are more adventurous as well as trails only available during low tide. Obviously watching the tide schedule is important for these types of trails and the times are posted at certain areas for convenience.
We were very impressed with Parc national du Bic at many levels and know we will be returning often. Perhaps next time we will visit in the spring when the migration of the birds comes through and wildflowers are blooming.