Marais du Nord – (northern marshes)
Located 20 minutes from downtown Quebec City, the « Marais du Nord » marshes is a natural park offering stunning scenery where you can discover the rich fauna and flora in all seasons. This peaceful haven is ideal for bird watching, and offers 8 km of nature trails for the whole family, canoe and kayak rentals, rabaska-canoe tours, not to mention an annual program full of thematic activities. Group activities are organised upon reservation.
Located north of Lake St. Charles, the « Marais du Nord » marshes is a park where land and water intertwine, so you can walk or canoe and experience the feeling of being in the heart of the wilderness. Through its network of 8 km of trails, this park offers exceptional landscapes and is a paradise for wildlife and flora observation. Ornithologists and photographers will be delighted with nearly 160 bird species present. No doubt that your journey in the « Marais du Nord » marshes will be full of surprises!
The park is administered by a volunteer organization whose action is to protect the environment of lac Saint-Charles and its marshes (Association pour la protection de l’environnement du lac Saint-Charles et des Marais du Nord – APEL). APEL is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and improve the rich ecological heritage of the St. Charles river watershed, by raising public awareness towards the conservation of natural habitats; by running practical interventions to restore aquatic and riparian environments; and by carrying out projects to acquire scientific knowledge on the conditions of these environments. The « Marais du Nord » park, managed by APEL, puts into practice the values advocated by the organization.