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Animals in Quebec

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Quebec is very rich in fauna. Tourists come here and discover so many wild animals that roam here and there in deep forests.

This city is surrounded by large forests, national parks, natural area etc. It is found that Quebec is home for 650 animal species, 300 bird species and 90 mammal species. One can observe white-tailed deer, caribou, moose, beavers and some sea mammals in their wildlife reserves or natural habitats.

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Beaver

Caribou

Black Bear

Moose

White-tailed Deer

Whale

Northern Gannet

Eastern Wolf

Bald Eagle

Seal

Beaver

Beaver

They are generally found in wood rich areas in forest environment. This is also the reason due to which beavers are easy to see in forests of Quebec. They live in easily identified huts or dams. They can be observed on lakes or near rivers as their dams are built on water. Beavers are largest living semiaquatic rodents.

Their bodies grow up to 31 inches long and weigh around 16-30kg. They are found living in rivers, ponds, streams, shorelines of large lakes, dams etc. Beavers are also referred to as ecosystem engineers as they have an ability to change the landscape where they live. They have broad and blunt head, short legs and stout body.

Where can one find Beavers in Quebec?

Aiguebelle National Park

This national park is home to many beavers. The national amblem of Aiguebelle national park is beaver. This national park has high densities of beavers along with other animals in Quebec.

Jacques Cartier National Park:

This park is located near Quebec City and the trail for hike is known as Le Scotora. If one is lucky enough then while walking through the trail one will get see beavers as beaver dams are built there across.

Pointe-Taillon National Park:

This national park is basically and wetland and is located near Saguenay region of Quebec. There are many beaver colonies found in this park so seeing a beaver is not difficult in this park.

Plaisance National Park:

It is a small park located near Gatineau.

Oka National Park:

This park has many beavers and is located near Montreal.

Domaine le Pic Bois Inc:

This is not a national park but they allow $28 per adult and one can see may beavers here.

Pourvoirie du Lac Moreau:

It is located in Charlevoix region and offers tours in its fauna. One will see beavers here along with other animals too.

Best time to see Beavers in Quebec?

Beavers can be find early in the morning or in the darker stage of twilight. They are active in both seasons that is summer and winter and can be found all year long.

Caribou

Caribou

It is also known as reindeer. It is that species of deer which has circumpolar distribution. They are found in north side of Quebec. They are such creatures that can travel 6000km of tundra over their whole life. It is the only species of dear in which both male and female have antlers.

Antlers of male caribou are branched out. It is basically found in tundra or taiga. Their diet includes mushrooms, lichens, sedges, grasses, willows, fruits etc. They mate usually from October to November. Sometimes male caribou’s fight with each other for female caribou.

They are nomadic and keep on moving for food. They are capable of migrating thousands of miles every year. During spring season they can travel in thousands of herds. It can run very fast at a speed of 50 miles per hour and it is also a good swimmer as it can swim with speed of 6 miles per hour. Definitely one of the most fascinating animals in Quebec

Where can one find Caribou in Quebec?

Radisson:

It is a small town which is goodly attached with nature and is located in Eeyou Istchee. In this place Animal Paquin provides tour to see caribous. The tour starts from November to April. One can find a lot of caribous in this tour.

Grands-Jardins National Park:

This is a national park located in Charlevoix region that has huge amount of caribou population.

Parc National de la Gaspésie:

This a park is very beautiful and has many mountains. This location is popular for hikers. One should try visiting it in September as at that time caribous gather with their young one for getting ready for rutting season.

Mirage Outfitter:

They offer unique and different snowmobile safaris. This is a very beautiful once in a lifetime experience for seeing Caribou.

Best time to see Caribou in Quebec?

Best time to see Caribou is September as they visit trail during that time for fast travel.

Black Bear

black bear - animals in Quebec

There are about 70,000 of black bears living in Quebec. It is one the most common and most feared animal in Quebec. It loves to live in dense forests. It is the only bear that is found in Quebec. It has small round years and claws on feet.

Male black bear is larger than female black bear. The male black bear has more weigh that is 150 to 350 pounds as compare to female black bear that is 90 to 175 pounds. Male black bears can weigh up to 600 pounds too. It lives in various type of habitat specially tree covered areas , meadows, mountain areas , swamps and forests. It is a carnivore but is mostly diet comes from plants so is omnivore

Where can one find these animals in Quebec?

Station Touristique Duchesnay:

It is located near to Quebec city. At this place one can see Black Bear by two ways one is the one by which he/she can watch black bear from a distance by standing in a tower at safe distance and other is by seeing them very closely by quad but in both cases guide will be provided.

Reserve Faunique des Laurentides

This place is located nearby Montreal. Here one can surely find wild black bears.

Domaine de l’Ours Noir Baie-Comeau:

Among all the places listed above till now this is one if the best place to see black bears. Here one can sleep with bears as they made such chambers for observation.

Best time to see Black Bears in Quebec

Hibernation period of black bears start from October and end in April so it is basically impossible to see them during this time. The best time to see them in during start of summers. Now the perfect time to see black bear would be different for different area as they do not like much to interact with humans so they can found in night time if there are many humans living nearby and at far place it can be seen in morning or at the start of twilight.

Moose

Moose - animals in Quebec

It is the largest and heaviest animal of deer species. Moose requires 25 to 30kg of plant food daily and usually drink waiter which in rich in minerals.  This is the reason due to which they are found in valleys with efficient vegetation so they can feed nearby. Moose is a type of animal which can tolerate cold season but cannot tolerate heat.

This is the reason due to which moose is founding resting in water to remove excessive heat and unwanted mosquitoes from body. It can be easily found in those type of forests where the water is running between.

Where can one find these animals in Quebec?

Matane Wildlife Reserve:

This is a beautiful place which offers moose safari to tourists for seeing moose live. At this place guide will help and take to the best place possible for seeing moose . It starts from June end to September end.

Jacques Cartier National Park:

This place is located near Quebec City. This is one of the best place fro seeing moose in Quebec. The emblem of this park is moose. They are mostly seen there resting in water removing their body heat and mosquitoes.

Best time for seeing Moose in Quebec?

The best time form seeing moose would their feeding season that is from June to early October. One can also try to go there in rutting season because at this time the male moose and female moose more often show themselves.

White-tailed deer

White-tailed deer

It is the most common animal and can be easily found in Southern Quebec.

Where can one find White-tailed deer in Quebec?

Boucherville National Park:
It is a beautiful place for seeing deer and is located nearby Montreal. There are near about 120 deer which are found in this national park. This park has large deer population due to which this park is facing serious issues as deer’s eats a lot than the actual ecosystem present. If one visits this park should take Grand-Duc trail which allow him/her to see most of the deer present.

Anticosti Island:

It is one of the largest and best place to see deer as it consists of about 1,60,000 deers. This island is so big that one can reach there by boat. It is also considered as national park as well as an outfitter.

Michel-Chartrand Park:
This park is small but has good amount of deers. One can easily spot deer here. This park is located near Montreal.

Best time for seeing white-tailed deer in Quebec?

This deer can be seen early morning or at dusk. But its visibility do depend on less human disturbance They can seen whole year in the habitats or native places.

Whale

Whale - animals in Quebec

Quebec is very important place for spotting a whale. The largest whale in the world that is blue whale is found here along with 13 other species. There is good availability of food and water which turn outs to be a good reason that Quebec is home for so many whales. There are so many whales present in Quebec that one can easily spot it by sending on river shore. Whale watching is best done in Quebec as compared to whole world this is the reason due to which people from globe come to experience the marine animals live.

Where can one find Whale in Quebec?

Forillon National Park:

Amy companies offer tour here in this park . One can enjoy this tour while spotting the whale.

Tadoussac:

It is a beautiful village and a very good place to visit when on a Quebec tour. This place has so many whales altogether so one can enjoy touring here.

Pointe-des-Monts:

One can find so many whales here as it is a very great place for spotting whales.  At this place one can see whale from river shores as it contains so many varieties of whales.

Best time for seeing whales in Quebec?

May to October is the best time for spotting whales in Quebec as whales migrates to warm places during winter season.

Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet

This is a very beautiful and attractive bird which is found in Northeastern Quebec. Male northern gannet and female northern gannet almost looks similar. Adult Gannet has white long body and wings. Their wings are developed in such a way that maximum air current can be used while flying. In good weather they have ability to fly with speed of 55 to 65 kilometers per hour. This bird needs to do warm up before flying. They also do face problem while walking and so in flight from ground. They look out for food near sea and nesting sites.

Where can one find Northern Gannet in Quebec?

Northen Gannet is best seen in Rocher national park as it has wide variety of Northern Gannets. There are around 1,16,000 northern gannets present in this park of Quebec. One can observe them during their mating pratice. One can find them chanting and singing in this park which makes the atmosphere very beautiful and soothing.

Best time for seeing northern gannet in Quebec?

It is migratory bird which is found in Quebec only from mid-May to mid of October.

Eastern Wolf

Eastern Wolf - animals in Quebec

It is also known as timber wolf or Algonquin wolf. It is a different species of gray wolf.

Where can one find eastern wolf in Quebec?

Omega Park:

This place is specially built to keep an eye on those animals which moves here and there in natural habitat. One can easily see wolf here in its natural environment and can also sleep around them. It is built like a zoo so it is less wild. This park is located nearby Montreal.

Mahikan Park:

This park is very beautiful and is located near Saguenay. One can easily spot wolf living in its natural habitat. For having a great experience one can easily sleep alongside wolf here in this park.

Best time for seeing eastern wolf in Quebec?

The best time to see them will be the time when they are mostly active that is early morning and dusk. Eastern wolf can be  found whole year roaming in Quebec.

Bald Eagle

Bald eagle - animals in Quebec

Bald Eagle represents courage and strength and very loved icon in North American Culture. If by chance if a Bald Eagle losses its feather on one wing, then it will shed weather on other wing for maintaining balance. This bird has white head, tail and brown body. Legs and bills are yellow in color. Bald Eagle mainly eats fish. Bald eagle has its habitat near rivers, lakes, reservoirs etc.

Where can one find Bald Eagle in Quebec?

Bald eagle can be found near Temiscouata National Park. Bald Eagle is the emblem of this park. They can be seen easily in this park over trees or near rivers etc. If one is lucky enough he /she will get to spot him near ground too.

Best time for seeing Bald Eagle in Quebec?

The best time will be time which will have less human activity as one can see them easily early morning or at dusk. Bald Eagle can be seen whole year flying in the park.

Seal

Sealc

They live in cold seas having tapered body at the end and round at the middle. Seals classified on the basis of they have ears or not. As seals are carnivores so they generally consume fish. It is a specialized marine animal. Seal are found more in polar areas.

They are very good swimmers and divers. These seals can go up to a depth of 150-250 meters or even more and can stay in water for 20-30 minutes. They cannot swim like whales or dolphins but are very strong in water. All seals come to shore once in year for breeding. Seals are been hunted for their meat. These marine animals love to live in cold and temperate regions.

Where can one find Seal in Quebec?

Magdalen Islands:

This is a beautiful place for spotting seals. One can spot baby seals here. The guides here will take the interested person for seeing seals very closely.

Bic National Park:

In this park one can observe seal from shore as this park uses rocks on covers and bays. Seeing a seal here in this park depends on low tide and high tide. One should be careful and keep in mind that seals should not be disturbed when they are resting.

Best Time to see seals:

One can observe all year long in Quebec and they are mostly active all times of the day.

Summary of animals in Quebec

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