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Family activities

Discover birds in an original and fun way! 

Family program 

Beyond the observation activities and excursions, the Côte-Nord Migratory Bird Festival offers original ways to discover birds

The Tadoussac Bird Observatory and QuébecOiseaux are offering several family activities. They will take place at the Maison de la mer (Explos-Nature) in Bergeronnes and at Les Dunes in Tadoussac. A small tent and banners will be installed to identify the location of the activities. 

Open to all 

Activities are open to all: families, curious, beginner or expert birders. 

Online reservations 

Reservations are made via the Eventbrite platform. The booking links are below each activity. 

Bad weather 

Please note that outdoor activities will be cancelled in case of continuous rain or strong wind. 

Activités familiales grimage enfants festival oiseaux migrateurs Côte-Nord

Face painting for children


Schedule : 10am to 2pm
Place : Maison de la Mer in Bergeronnes (Explos-Nature)
Free access

Our volunteers will be present to dress up children and adults in the colors of the birds of the Côte-Nord. 

What could be better than walking around with bird designs on your face? 

Hand in the bag! 


Schedule : 10am to 2pm
Place : Maison de la Mer in Bergeronnes (Explos-Nature)
Free access

Banding activities are essential to carry out population trend surveys and to have indications on the health of the birds captured and then released. With years of experience, our banding team is able to tell by touch what kind of bird it is. 

During this activity, we suggest that you try to guess shapes by putting your hand in the cloth bags. Can you recognize them? 

Watercolor workshop for all levels 


Schedule : 9am to 5pm
Place : Maison de la mer in Bergeronnes (Explos-Nature)
Free access

Montreal-based illustrator RiverJune will be offering a continuous watercolor workshop next to the Dunes House. 

On September 23rd, she will attend our opening ceremony at the Hotel Tadoussac where she will create a painting in real time. You will have the opportunity to ask her questions and learn from her. 

Stuffed bird extraction


Schedule : 10am to 2pm
Place : Maison de la Mer in Bergeronnes (Explos-Nature)
Free access

The team of biologists from QuébecOiseaux will welcome you at the Maison de la Mer to show you the art of bird stripping, the precautions that are taken and its role. If you want to learn more about the art of unbanding and banding, it’s here! 

We also offer banding demonstrations at the Dunes of Tadoussac, more information via this link

Map of the route of the hike. The red dot indicates the meeting place.

Guided hikes 

Departures :
SATURDAY 24 at 8:30am
SUNDAY 25 at 8:30am

Duration : approximately 2h

Level of difficulty : easy
Meeting point : Pointe de l’Islet trail entrance
Rate : 17,25$ (taxes and feed included)
Capacity : 20 participants per hike

Guided hikes in the natural heart of the village of Tadoussac via the Pointe de l’Islet, the beach of Tadoussac and the Anse-à-l’eau trail. This 3 kilometer long trail will surprise you! 

Exhibition by Jean-Claude St-Hilaire 

From FRIDAY 23 to SUNDAY 25

Schedule : 12pm to 5pm
Location : Hotel Tadoussac
Free access

The exhibition “Des oiseaux dans les mains” (Birds in the hands) focuses on bird banding operations and offers 12 oil paintings. 

The painting technique used is that of the great masters, called grisaille and glazes, i.e., a very thin, transparent paint that gives a particular depth to the color. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings will be donated to the Tadoussac Bird Observatory. 

Yellow-rumped Warbler ©Thomas Gianoli

2022 Program 

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