Discover the top 10 birding destinations in Brome-Missisquoi and the sites with over 100 bird species observed.
Brome-Missisquoi region is rich in birdwatching sites. Consult our list of sites to visit that include a short description of each site, links to eBird lists, web references as well as an interactive map of the 17 birding sites for over 100 species. These sites will be of interest whether you are members of COBM or birders from other regions, ecotourism and nature tourism enthusiasts or simple visitors looking for sites of interest, eBird pros or complete beginners.
1. Philipsburg Migratory Bird Sanctuary
The Philipsburg Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS), located in the municipality of Saint-Armand on the east shore of Missisquoi Bay, provides habitat for songbirds and waterfowl that nest and cohabit there. A southern forest located on the American border on the Richelieu and Hudson migratory corridor, it is a must-see ornithological site. This 527-hectare protected area covers several private properties, but part of the refuge, the George H. Montgomery Sanctuary, belongs to BPQ (Bird Protection Quebec) and is accessible to the public.
2. Missisquoi Bay Nature Reserve
Located at the mouth of the Rivière aux Brochets, the Réserve écologique de la Rivière-aux-Brochets can be accessed from Philipsburg (via Camping Philipsburg) and Venise-en-Québec (via Camping Florent). With its wetlands, forests and fields bordering the bay, the territory is favourable for a multitude of waterbirds, passerines and raptors.
4. Bedford Nature Trails
A 2 km trail, formerly known as the Centre d’interprétation de la rivière aux Brochets, located near the city limits of Bedford. It follows the Rivière aux Brochets which flows through the middle of the city. One part of the trail crosses a meadow, while the other part goes into a mixed forest.
6. Lake Davignon and Jacques-Bonnette Park
Lake Davignon is an artificial lake located in the heart of Cowansville. The Centre de la nature offers walking paths on the southern part of the lake and is a beautiful little oasis by the lake, .
The Jacques-Bonnette nature park is a popular site for birdwatchers. This 25-hectare sanctuary is crossed by the South-East Yamaska River. A walking trail of approximately one kilometer.
7. Bromont Science Park Nature Reserve
This nature reserve of about 2 km2, registered as a perpetual protected area, includes wetlands and is home to 160 bird species, of which about 15 are considered vulnerable or endangered. FArmland birds can be observed in the wasteland and fields between the plants as well as the area around the airport. The Marais-du-Chemin-de-Montréal is an observation site located in the Nature Reserve, Montreal Boulevard on the west side of Innovation Boulevard.
8. Frelighsburg Municipal Park
The Parc de la rivière is characterized by a variety of bird life favored by the variety of habitats, including a mowed field, wastelands, pine and fir plantations, a stream and a natural hardwood and mixed forest. The trails (4 km) run along the Rivière aux Brochets. A little more than 5 km away, Dunham has a point of recreotouristic interest, Lake Selby, located to the south of its territory, where one can enjoy beautiful hikes.
9. Farnham Nature Centre
A vast urban park which is an island of nature located in the town of Farnham. Two trails, the Circuit du lièvre (0.8 km) and the Circuit de la tortue des bois (1.7 km), offer different viewpoints along the South-East Yamaska River, notably from a lookout point. Le Dortoir trail takes its name from the thousands of birds that go there to sleep during the summer season (to be confirmed).
10. Parc des Sommets, Bromont
The Parc des Sommets offers a network of over 140 km of well-marked hiking trails.
The Domaine du Lac Gale, a protected forest of high ecological value, offers magnificent viewpoints and a panoramic view of the lake. There are about 20 km of trails rich in bird diversity.
Mount Oak, a nature trail in a mature forest, takes us through exceptional forest ecosystems.
Bromont also has its Jardin des oiseaux .
Interactive map of birding sites that have more than 100 bird species observed