La Pointe de Havre-aux-Maisons



La Pointe de Havre-aux-Maisons

The Havre-aux-Maisons bridge links the island of Cap-aux-Meules to Havre-aux-Maisons. The Havre-aux-Maisons marina is located near this bridge. From there, you can see Paquet Island, a nesting site for several species of Laridae. Just north of the bridge, Île-Rouge (Red Island) is interesting for its Cormorant colony.

Quality of site

January-February: Fair
March-April: Good
May-June: Excellent
July-August: Excellent
September-October: Good
November-December: Poor

Access to bird watching site

Observation from the side of the road or from the marina at Havre-aux-Maisons.

Interesting ornithological features

Île Paquet is home to a colony of terns, and you might be lucky enough to spot a Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii), considered a vulnerable species in Québec. At sunset, the tidal flats around the island are a favourite spot for large numbers of Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) who come to feed. On the other side of the road, behind the fish plant buildings, there is a small stretch of beach where Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus) have been sighted for the last few years. On the other side of the bridge you will be able to observe the colony of Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) established on the summit of Île Rouge as well as the shorebirds which feed regularly along the beach.

How to get there

Just follow Route 199 and stop at the Havre-aux-Maisons marina.

 

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