The Île Brion Ecological Reserve, located 16 km north of Grosse-Île, protects 650 hectares of land, nearly all of Île Brion's land area. For over a century, this island had its own full-time population, and its very air is infused with the mysteries and histories of the Scots families, Acadian fishermen and lighthouse keepers who made the islands their home. In addition to its historical importance, this tiny area is critical for its ecologically diverse flora and fauna, remnants of the original ecosystem of the Îles de la Madeleine.
Brion Island is divided into two major sectors: the Ecological Reserve (which can only be visited by taking a guided tour) and the off-reserve portion of the Island accessible to all, a wonderful place to observe the local flora and many species of birds, including the Atlantic Puffin.
Interested in ornithology? Learn more about birds that can be observed in this area.
Lighthouse Trail: outside the Reserve, unguided visits allowed
Departure: Grosse-Île Harbour (see the Nautical Excursions section)
Total distance: Less than 1 km
Type of trail: Loop
Difficulty level: Easy