The wonders of nature
Whether you are an ornithology, botany or a photography enthusiast, you’ll be amazed by the beauty of the Isle-aux-Grues landscapes.
This itinerary will lead you on the surprising Isle-aux-Grues, where you’ll discover a very unique flora and a precious fauna. Hike along the trails of this enchanting setting and contemplate the nature marvels.
From the river terminal in Montmagny, get on board the ferry to reach the Isle-aux-Grues. We suggest that you get there early because, as you can’t book a place on the ferry , the boarding is on a first come, first served basis. Furthermore, the ferry only travel during high tides. Please check the schedules ahead of time.
You can also get on the island at any time by booking a flight with Air Montmagny . Once on the island, you can rent a bike at the Café aux Quatre Vents or use the transit system (418 291-5424).
On the island, you must visit the Réserve naturelle Jean-Paul Riopelle , also known as the pointe aux Pins. Located at the west point of the island, this green zone host a precious biodiversity that will astonish the visitors during the spring.
Through the trails which run for 3 km, halts and vantage points will give you the opportunity to observe freely the breathtaking panorama. The reserve host a very unique forest. Sugar Maples, American basswoods and butternuts form an outstanding forest ecosystem. Under the trees, you’ll see some precarious plants and the riverside hosts a fragile and often threatened flora. If you want to learn more about the fauna, the flora and the history of this special ecosystem, please use the interactive map available via the Ondago mobile application.
All this hiking may have whetted your appetite and a visit at the La Goulue restaurant, located in the Maisons du Grand Héron , imposes itself. The menu is based on an authentic cuisine and on local products. The site offers many lodging possibilities such as an inn and some cottages. You may also want to try a tepee or a yurt.
The river flats also constitute an extraordinary ecosystem, especially for birds. This time, let’s explore the east point of the island, where you’ll discover the largest high marsh area in the American Northeast. More than 200 bird species have been identified, among which some are very rare like the yellow rail and the short-eared owl.
After this memorable expedition, make a stop at the Fromagerie de l'Isle . Often recognized for their excellence, you may to taste the Riopelle de l’Isle, the Tomme de Grosse-Île, the Mi-Carême or some aged cheddar, all those products are a culinary fame for the island. Every day, the factory staff offers different cheese tastings, such as fondue and raclette. Located a few steps away, the Maison du Fromage welcomes the visitors who would want to taste the cheeses under shelter from the weather.
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