When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
Bic National Park is a peaceful territory of picturesque capes, bays, coves, islands and mountains. You will pass sea, forest and prairie as you travel along the banks of the St. Lawrence River on your way to the park.
Thousands of seabirds come to nest in the park, including the common eider. Rare plants bloom on its rocky capes, and seals bask in the sun near the shore.
Season: all summer until early fall
Seal watching is one of the park's major attractions. Grey seals and harbour seals, the park's emblem, can be watched from the shore as they lounge on the rocks.
The best places for seal watching are the Pointe-aux-Épinettes observation area from half tide to high tide, and the Anse aux Bouleaux observation area at low tide, in the Rivière-du-Sud-Ouest sector of the park. Stop off at the Visitors Centre for information about tide times.
Season: mid-May to Thanksgiving (2nd Monday in October).
The Cap-à-l’Orignal sector offers a total of 8 kilometres of short (900 m to 2.9 km) hiking trails for exploring the cape. The network of trails covers a total of 8 kilometres.
Consider bringing a picnic lunch, or visiting the area at the end of the day for what may be one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see in your life!
Pick up a trail map at the Cap-à-l’Orignal Visitors Centre, where you can also ask a park ranger any questions you may have about the park.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
1- Cantine de la Mer ($)
What could be a more typical Quebec experience than eating at a casse-croûte? For more than 13 years, Cantine de la Mer has been serving up a varied menu of gourmet fast food from the sea: crab and lobster club sandwiches, fried clams, popcorn Matane shrimp, breaded scallops, etc. The food is always fresh and skillfully prepared. A must-try! Open daily from May to October, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
100 Route 132 Est, Saint-Fabien / 418-869-3560
2- Auberge du Mange Grenouille ($$$-$$$$)
Auberge du Mange Grenouille, a gem of a restaurant, is worth a trip for its spectacular decor as well as for its fine dining. The menu emphasizes local meat, fish and vegetables and artisanal bread. A memorable meal in a theatrical setting! They even have a "terrace & tapas" menu in summer, offered from 4 p.m. until sundown. Open daily for dinner from 5:30 p.m., May 1 to the end of October (until 9 p.m. in high season). In high season, the inn's guests are given dining priority for dinner.
148 Rue Sainte-Cécile, Le Bic / 418-736-5656
3- Les Affamés du Bic ($$-$$$)
This little restaurant has only been open for a few years and has already won the hearts of locals and visitors to Bic. The menu offers a wide variety of popular Quebec dishes like poutine, club sandwiches and burgers, in addition to more refined offerings such as shrimp cakes, braised lamb shank and mi-cuit tuna steak, all prepared with the best seasonal ingredients (examples only: the menu changes often). Open daily in high season (late June-early September) from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. In low season (April-late June and early September-early October), open only for dinner, Wednesday-Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
138 Rue de Sainte-Cécile-du-Bic, Le Bic / 418-736-1442
4- Chez St-Pierre ($$$$)
The restaurant's owner/chef, Colombe St-Pierre, will take you on a sublime culinary voyage, aided and abetted by a wide range of quality seasonal and organic ingredients sourced from small local farms. Her dishes contain sea vegetables, flowers, mushrooms, vegetables and a variety of sprouts, all produced in this lovely corner of Quebec. The menu varies with the seasons to offer an original fine dining experience. Open from 5 p.m., May and October from Wednesday-Saturday and June-September from Tuesday-Saturday.
129 Rue du Mont Saint-Louis, Le Bic / 418-736-5051
5- Le Bien, le Malt ($$-$$$)
If you find yourself near Rimouski and are in the mood for a good craft beer and a bite to eat, Le Bien, le Malt microbrewery is the place for you. The pub serves local cheeses and charcuteries to accompany the fifteen-odd handcrafted beers brewed on site and served in rotation. Also serves appetizers, fish rillettes and grilled sandwiches. Open Sunday-Wednesday from 3 p.m. to midnight and Thursday-Saturday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
141 Avenue Belzile, Rimouski / 418-723-1339
Where to sleep ?
Festival Concerts aux îles du Bic
Dates: August 4 to 12, 2018
Description: Known for its repertoire of chamber music performed with freshness and authenticity, this festival offers a major concert series and special events in an enchanting site. The encounter of talented performers, combined with the beauty of the concert venues and the proximity of nature, has become the trademark of this little-known and unique festival.
Bic region (from St-Fabien to Métis-sur-Mer):
Festi Jazz International de Rimouski
Dates: August 29 to September 2, 2018
Description: This friendly jazz festival, which is held over the the Labour Day weekend, attracts jazz lovers to a unique musical experience between sea and mountains. A leading cultural and tourist event in Eastern Quebec for over a quarter century, the festival seeks to make jazz music more accessible to the general public.
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