The Barachois at Fatima

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The Barachois at Fatima

Le Barachois interpretive trail (5 km return) is located in a very special wetland area between the North Dune (la Dune du Nord) and the low-lying land in Fatima. It features salt marsh, brackish and freshwater marshes as well as wet meadows characterized by a wide diversity of plant life. This interpretive trail is the perfect place to observe waterfowl. An observation tower was set up with this in mind. Many families of Piping Plovers nest on the North Dune (la Dune du Nord) between May and July. On the lagoon side, on the extensive flats uncovered at low tide, the spectacle is absolutely unforgettable.

Quality of site

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

Access to bird watching site

Le Barachois interpretive trail and walks along the beach and flats.

Interesting ornithological features

Many species of waterfowl are present in the marsh: Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), American Wigeon (Anas Americana), Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca), Greater Scaup (Aythya marila), Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris), American Coot (Fulica Americana), the Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), Sora (Porzana Carolina), Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus), Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni) and Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus). During the fall migration, thousands of shorebirds representing at least twenty different species search the flats for food. Also, it is here that you might sight the Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus), particularly in spring and fall.

How to get there

There are two ways to get to this site. There is a parking area at each end of the path. One of these is at the end of Chemin Poirier (which can be reached by Chemin des Caps and Chemin L.-Aucoin). You can reach the other parking area by taking Chemin de l'Hôpital. Across from the softball field, you take a gravel road leading to the beach. The parking area is about one kilometre farther on. It is possible to drive further on this road, but please note that when the gravel ends you will find yourself on sand, and you do not want to get bogged down, especially if you are alone.

Cultural landscape Circuit - In French
This site is part of a circuit that proposes a cultural journey through no less than 12 iconic landscapes chosen for their photogenic qualities as well as their heritage value. Interpretation modules and downloadable stories.
On this site, you can rely to the story of Nicolas Landry: Les pêcheuses de coques.




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