Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

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Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area
Réserve nationale de faune du cap Tourmente
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
A green field in the foreground, and a large hill and a bright blue sky with sparse clouds is in the background. A tree is to the left.
Scenery at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area.
Location Saint-Joachim, La Côte-de-Beaupré Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 47°5′N 70°47′W / 47.083°N 70.783°W / 47.083; -70.783Coordinates: 47°5′N 70°47′W / 47.083°N 70.783°W / 47.083; -70.783
Area 23.99 km2 (9.26 sq mi)
Established April 28, 1978 (1978-04-28)
Governing body Canadian Wildlife Service
Official name Cap Tourmente
Designated 15 January 1981
Reference no. 214[1]

The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is a National Wildlife Area located on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River in the National Capital Region of Quebec established on 28 April 1978. It is critical habitat for the greater snow goose during migration. Flocks of tens of thousands of these birds stop over to feed on the bullrushes in the spring and fall. The tidal marsh was recognized as a wetland of international significance per the Ramsar Convention in 1981, the first North American site to receive that distinction.[2]

Within the wildlife refuge is a historic farm site, La Petite-Ferme du cap Tourmente, which was begun by Samuel de Champlain in 1626, as a food source for the fledgling Habitation at Quebec City. Later, the farm was purchased and run for nearly 300 years by and for the Seminary of Quebec. A farm house built around 1667 still stands, and is at the core of La Petite-Ferme du cap Tourmente National Historic Site, designated in 2018.[3]


  1. ^ "Cap Tourmente". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Greater Snow Goose". Hinterland Who's Who. Environment Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Archived from the original on 2010-12-05. Retrieved 2010-12-15. In 1981, the Cap Tourmente NWA was declared North America’s first Ramsar site, a site recognized as a wetland of international importance. 
  3. ^ Government of Canada Announces 12 New National Historic Designations, Parks Canada news release, March 27, 2018

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