Deep in the forest in the Charlevoix region of Quebec is a clearing, and in it a bear whisperer. His name is Monsieur Denis Laliberte and we are watching his black bears eating corn and apples under a buttery sun.
Laliberte tells me that, if I ever meet a bear close up, I am to ‘speak softly, yet directly, perhaps even recite a poem — but only in French’. Crikey.
As we watch in silence, Laliberte points out each black, glossy bear. He has given them all names.
Call of the wild: In the eastern parts of Quebec, bear, moose and whale watching are all possible just a couple of hours’ drive from Montreal and Quebec City
Then he wanders among them, and some even take bananas from his hand. Nobody moves. We are in awe.
In this eastern part of Quebec, bear, moose and whale watching are all possible just a couple of hours’ drive from Montreal and Quebec City. So you can combine natural wonders with city thrills in a short trip.
The Foret Montmorency, near Quebec City, is moose country and we spot the enormous beasts almost immediately.
Out on the wide St Lawrence River, a zodiac boat takes us whale watching. We wonder at awesome humpbacks and beluga as they swim solemnly by…