QUÉBEC, Jan. 5, 2017 /CNW/ - In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, access to the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area will be free in 2017. This initiative aims to raise the public's awareness of the importance of spending time outdoors, reconnecting with nature, and expanding one's knowledge on the conservation of migratory birds, species at risk, and their habitat in Canada.
"Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation is a wonderful opportunity to visit national wildlife areas and to bring Canadians closer to nature and raise their awareness of the environment. We must protect our environment because it is a source of national wealth and pride."
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- Until March 12, and during the school break, visit the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area and discover its network of bird feeders spread over six kilometres of winter hiking trails. You can observe more than 30 different species of birds that use these feeding stations. For a better experience, don't forget your binoculars!
- Try out the geochaching network. This treasure hunt is an excellent way to see nature during the winter season and to gain knowledge on the conservation of migratory birds. For more information, visit geocaching.com.
- Various activities will be held throughout the year. Check out Environment and Climate Change Canada's website regularly and follow us on social media for updates.
- The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, located 45 minutes from downtown Québec, is part of a Canadian network of 146 protected areas that serve as important habitat for wildlife species, some of which are at risk.
Map of the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area's hiking trails
Brochure: Cap Tourmente – Nature as far as the eye can see!
Network of protected areas in Quebec
Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area
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For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free)