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Frequently Asked Questions - Bioparc

No domestic animals are allowed in the park, with the exception of guide dogs accompanying blind or disabled individuals. The presence of another animal, even on a leash, could cause significant stress to the Bioparc’s animals.

Yes, all the paths are wheelchair accessible, except the footbridges with steps. Note that there is some coarse gravel on the paths, and although they are still passable, some wheelchairs with narrower wheels may not roll as easily.

Sure, no problem! All-terrain strollers will roll more easily on the gravel, but the trails are open to all types of strollers. The only difficulty will be the footbridges with steps. We also offer stroller rentals.

No special equipment is needed, but because the path is gravel, good walking shoes will be more comfortable than sandals.

If you are travelling from Montreal or Quebec City, Google Maps will suggest that you take Route 17 through New Brunswick. We would suggest another trajectory that is somewhat shorter than the one proposed by Google Maps. In addition, it takes you through beautiful scenery on the shores of the St. Lawrence and in the Matapedia Valley.

Simply take Highway 20 until it ends and then continue east on Highway 132 all the way to Mont-Joli. At the roundabout, take the exit toward Mont-Joli and Amqui. In Amqui, at the intersection of Route 132 and Route 195, be sure to turn right to stay on Route 132. Continue another 215 kilometres to reach Bonaventure.

To get to the Bioparc, continue past the entrance to the village of Bonaventure and the church on Avenue de Grand Pré. Cross the bridges over the estuary of the Bonaventure River, then immediately turn left onto the Rue des Vieux-Ponts. Continue just 0.6 kilometres and the Bioparc will be on your left.

If your city is not listed below, you can use Google Maps to find the distance to Bonaventure. Here are the distances to Bonaventure from a few cities in Québec:

Montreal: 860 km
Quebec City: 620 km
Sherbrooke: 838 km
Rimouski: 318 km
Mont-Joli: 283 km
Matane: 262 km
Pointe-à-la-Croix: 116 km
Carleton: 62 km
Chandler: 87 km
Percé: 131 km
Gaspé: 207 km
Sainte-Anne-des-Monts: 175 km

A visit to the Bioparc costs between $9.25 and $18.50, depending on age. Admission is free for children 2 years old and under. Click here for more details.

We recommend that visitors plan for about three and a half hours to fully enjoy everything the Bioparc has to offer. If you are short on time, however, you can cover the one-kilometre trail through the park’s main features more quickly.

Yes, you can purchase a season pass for the price of about two visits! This pass gives you unlimited access to the park from June to October, access to evening activities and a 15% discount at our gift shop, La Réserve. To find out more about the various prices click here.

The Bioparc is open from June to October as well as at various times during the rest of the year, particularly during the school break in March. However, groups with reservations can enjoy a visit at any time of year. Click here for more details about the park’s calendar. The Bioparc cottages are available throughout the year.

The Bioparc’s restaurant is open from mid-June to September 1st. There are also drink vending machines and several picnic areas in the park.

You will be able to see some forty species of animals native to Québec. Our stars include seals, otters, raccoons, porcupines, foxes, coyotes, cougars, lynx, white-tailed deer, moose and caribou, in addition to many seabirds, migratory birds and birds of prey. You can also explore the Animals and Ecosystems section of this website to see the complete list of animals and check out the map of the park. The Bioparc also has an insectarium with a collection of over twenty living insect species and numerous mounted specimens. At the petting farm, you can not only observe but also pet the rabbits, goats, ponies and other friendly barnyard animals.

The Bioparc is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m., depending on the date. Click here for more details. When the park is closed outside the main tourist season (June to October), you can reach the administrative staff from 8:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday.

Many of the animals at the petting farm love to be pet! In the rest of the park, touching or feeding the animals is not allowed. However, some of the amphibians, reptiles, insects and marine invertebrates can be handled under the supervision of a naturalist.

Frequently Asked Questions - Animals

Some of the insects, such as the stick insects, are herbivores, so they are fed only plants. Others, such as the scarab beetles, are mainly frugivorous, so they get oranges, apples and fruit jellies. Finally, some insects are insectivores, like as the aptly named assassin bugs, and they eat crickets. Although the tarantulas and scorpions are also insectivorous, they are arachnids, not insects.

Since all of the species in the Bioparc are native to Québec, they are well adapted to Québec’s winters. The animal habitats are designed to provide adequate protection from the weather, so when the cold sets in, almost all the animals can remain in their normal surroundings. There are a few exceptions, however, particularly the dabbling ducks and the birds. Because these are migratory species that usually fly south in the fall, they are not physiologically adapted to survive the winter cold. At the Bioparc, we move them into our service buildings until warmer weather returns in the spring.

No matter what kind of sick or injured animal you find – whether a fawn, a young raccoon or a bird of prey – you should never touch a wild animal, as this can cause considerable stress. Keep in mind that in the wild females often leave their young alone for several hours while they forage or hunt. This behaviour can give us the impression that the young have been abandoned, but there is really nothing to worry about. If you find a wild animal that seems sick or injured, you should contact the wildlife protection office for your area. In the case of a marine mammal in distress, you should contact the Réseau québécois d’urgences pour les mammifères marins, the marine mammal emergency response network.

The animals at the Bioparc were born either in captivity or in the wild. Those that were born in the wild came to the Bioparc because they were injured or orphaned. Due to their condition, they would not survive if released to the wild. Our raccoons, deer, skunks and many of our birds came to us from the wild. Some of our animals – including the moose, coyotes and caribou – were born and raised here in the Bioparc, while others were born in other Canadian zoos and animal parks.

Before answering that question, we need to define hibernation. An adaptation to winter observed in certain mammals, hibernation is a period of inactivity during which the body temperature decreases and the heart rate slows. Typical hibernators in our region include ground hogs (a.k.a. woodchucks) and certain bat species, but none of the animals here at the Bioparc are true deep hibernators. During the winter, the black bears, striped skunks and raccoons enter a state of torpor that is somewhat less profound than true hibernation, so they are considered to be semi-hibernating. In this torpid state, the animal is in a light sleep accompanied by a small decrease in body temperature and heart rate. They live on their fat reserves, but they will wake up if disturbed by a noise or an intruder. So the short answer is that only a few wild groundhogs truly hibernate in the Bioparc! Click here to read more about hibernation (French only).

Frequently Asked Questions - Accommodation and activities

There’s a lot to enjoy in Bonaventure! You can attend free outdoor concerts in the evening; take in a play for the whole family; head out for an excursion on the bay or the beautiful Bonaventure River; relax on the beach; explore four kilometres of multipurpose seaside trails; visit the museum; delight in the various restaurants; take part in creative arts workshops or browse the local shops! So many wonderful ways to enjoy your visit to our corner of the world! And for the perfect picnic, pick up some fresh-baked bread at the bakery and stop in at the gourmet shop for all the toppings!

For more information: www.tourismebonaventure.com, www.villedebonaventure.ca, www.baiedeschaleurs.ca and www.tourisme-gaspesie.com.

The Bioparc has delightfully comfortable, fully equipped seaside cottages offering fantastic views of Chaleur Bay. They are conveniently close to all services. Click here for more details.

There are also several types of lodging available in Bonaventure, including hotels, inns, B & Bs, cottages and campgrounds. The municipal campground is on the beach in Bonaventure, whereas the Cime Aventures campground, located a few kilometres from the village, is more wooded. Cime Aventures also offers more unusual accommodations such as ecolodges on stilts and even tepees!