Protection of wildlife habitats and motor vehicle traffic in fragile environments
Protection of wildlife habitats
Hunters are reminded that wildlife habitats are protected by law. Accordingly, it is prohibited for anyone to engage without authorization in an activity likely to modify a biological, physical or chemical element specific to the habitat of an animal or a fish. This may mean, for example:
- pouring oil, gasoline or any other toxic waste or substance in any place, but especially in the habitat of fish, in a lake, a marsh, a swamp, a flood plain or a watercourse;
- fording, in a motor vehicle, such water bodies or travelling along a bank or shoreline;
- building, on such water bodies, a dam that, in addition to impeding the free movement of fish, may alter its habitat;
- removing or depositing gravel or rocks in the bed of such a watercourse or engaging in backfilling there. Remember that even small projects can damage fish habitat.
If you witness such acts, report them to a wildlife protection officer by calling S.O.S. Braconnage at 1 800 463-2191 or go to a wildlife protection office of the Department. Bear in mind that any environment where there is water, even periodically (for example, in the spring), may be vital for fish. To obtain additional information on the applicable regulations, please contact an office of the Department.
Sport hunting in Québec 2020-2022 - Main rules
Motor vehicle traffic in fragile environments
Motor vehicle traffic in certain fragile environments is also regulated. It should be noted that it is prohibited to travel:
- with a motor vehicle on dunes in the Québec public domain;
- with a motor vehicle, other than a snowmobile:
- on the beaches, offshore bars, in marshes and swamps situated on the littoral of the St. Lawrence River (downstream from Pont Laviolette), its estuary, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Baie-des-Chaleurs and the islands found thereon. However, this restriction does not prevent the exercising of activities related to hunting carried on legally, travel on trails designed for this purpose and built in accordance with the legislation, or access to private property;
- in peat bogs in the domain of the State situated south of the St. Lawrence River, the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, except to bring back a big game animal killed during an authorized hunting activity.
To find out about regulations applicable to motor vehicle traffic in fragile environments, please consult the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, which administers such regulations, at 1 800 561-1616.