La Martinique and area

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La Martinique and area

Aquatic species abound in L'Étang de la Martinique (Martinique Pond). This is one of the local bird-watchers' favourite sites because the environment provides food as well as protection for breeding birds.

The Bouillée de Bois (the thicket) is a 5.1 km trail where nature lovers can wind through the trees along several interlinked interpretive trails. These are very easy paths to walk.

Quality of site

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

Access to bird watching site

Forest paths accessible year-round; observation from the side of the road.

Interesting ornithological features

In forested areas you will see most of the passerines present on the Islands. One path runs along the Étang de la Martinique (Martinique Pond). From there you can observe waterfowl, gulls, Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias), Common Terns (Sterna hirundo), as well as a colony of Common Black-headed Gulls (Larus ridibundus) and Bonaparte's Gulls (Larus philadelphia).

How to get there

The Bouillée de bois trails are close to Route 199, on the right-hand side of the road, just past the flashing light for those arriving from Havre-Aubert. Parking area available. L'Étang de la Martinique is at the edge of the Baie du Havre-aux-Basques, just after the cottages called Chalets de la Martinique. This is the bay that links Cap-aux-Meules Island to Havre-Aubert Island.




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