The beach at Cap-des-Rosiers offers a breathtaking view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the cliffs of Forillon National Park.
Fish rolling on the beach
Capelins, small marine fish that are common in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, reproduce in a unique manner. Carried by the waves, they “roll” on certain beaches to deposit their eggs.
Walls of rocks not adapted to the shore cause the beach to disappear, leaving less room for these turbulent visitors. Restoring the shoreline, therefore, also benefits fish.
A plant that protects the beaches
Its long leaves swaying in the wind, dune grass (or wild rye) gives the impression it might fly away. But an imposing labyrinth keeps it anchored to the beach!
Its underground stem, called a rhizome, sends out myriad roots that form a network dense enough to hold the sand despite winds and storms.
By planting dune grass in the upperbeaches, we help protect shorelines like those of Cap-des-Rosiers.