Malbaie River

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  • There are two Malbaie Rivers in the province of Quebec in Canada.

The Malbaie River in the Charlevoix region empties into the Saint Lawrence River at La Malbaie. Until 1985 the river was used to transport logs downstream. It flows through a steep valley known as Les Hautes Gorges. A sugar maple and American elm forest grows in the gorge and has remained largely undisturbed for hundreds of years.

Le parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie is home to Eastern Canada's tallest rock-faced cliffs. Designated a national park (of the province of Québec) in 2000, the 233-km2 Hautes-Gorges is the centrepiece of the UNESCO Charlevoix biosphere reserve.

The Malbaie River in the Gaspé Peninsula empties into the Baie de la Malbaie on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. A barachois has formed at the mouth of the river, while the salt marshes there are home to yellow rail and Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrow. The river also provides spawning habitat for Atlantic salmon. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has initiated a project to protect the area.

Coordinates: 47°39′18″N 70°08′48″W / 47.6550°N 70.1467°W / 47.6550; -70.1467